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Rob Bell takes his ministry outside the church

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Rob Bell is often one of the more controversial figures in evangelical circles. His books, especially Velvet Elvis, and Nooma teaching videos helped countless people of all ages, but especially millennials, connect with their faith in a unique and powerful way. He founded Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which quickly grew to 10,000-plus members, and Time magazine once called him "The Next Billy Graham."

However, as publishing executive Justin Taylor described to Relevant's Issac Edwards, a perfect storm of sorts was brewing as Bell's charisma as a communicator and penchant for pushing the theological envelope, though usually within the bounds of orthodoxy, created an increasing divide between those who loved his work and those who found its trajectory troublesome. While it would be an oversimplification to say that this divide was purely generational, the age difference between those who supported him and those who were leery of his work does seem to have played an important role.

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Workaholics Anonymous

Hands of man addicted to computer, internet slave Workaholism, which is officially defined as "being overly concerned about work, driven by an uncontrollable work motivation, and investing so much time and effort to work that it impairs other important life areas," sounds like the latest in a long line of made-up diseases that have little grounding in scientific reality. A recent study of more than 16,000 adults in Norway, however, points to a relationship with other maladies that should perhaps be taken more seriously than many of us would like to admit. Conditions like ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and depression were all found far more often among workaholics than the general population. And while researchers are not sure whether workaholism causes those other issues or if it results from them, the connection seems relatively conclusive.

As Olivia Goldhill writes for Quartz, the findings came after participants in the study were asked "to rate on a scale of one (never) to five (always) how often they experienced certain situations, including becoming stressed if they're prohibited from working, or working so much that it affects their health." While the results must be qualified by the possibility that Norway's social factors influenced the outcome, researchers are confident that their sample size was large enough to make at least general assumptions about the connection across cultural lines.

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Viral Video Shows Mother Shouting through Target

Mother Shouting in TargetMothers know best. As a matter of fact, it has been said that mothers know best and all. Like Santa Claus, she knows when you are sleeping and awake, when you have been naughty and nice. When she is cold, you wear a jacket. And when she "ain't" happy, "ain't" nobody happy.

Earlier this week, an unhappy mother marched through Target shouting her displeasure. This viral video shows a mother walking with part of her family through a Target store, expressing her disgust at Target's recent policy concerning transgender bathroom usage. "This is not love," she said, "and they have proven it by opening their bathrooms to PERVERTED men…Target does not protect mothers and children. Mothers, have enough decency to get out of this dangerous place."

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Turmeric – The Next Food Craze You Should Ignore

Young Indian woman holds a plate with turmeric (Credit: Underground Health)In a recently released study, Google highlighted an unlikely leader in the health-food craze: turmeric. A ginger-like spice native to India, turmeric has recently captured the attention of Americans looking to capitalize on the spice's many health benefits. According to Google, Americans increased their searches for turmeric over fifty-six percent between November 2015 and January 2016. In their desire to cure ailments from arthritis to depression, lung disease to acne, it seems that everybody is turning to the Internet to figure out how to put a little more turmeric in their diet.

So why shouldn't you?

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Is Facebook our newest religion?

FILE - In this March 15, 2013, file photo, a Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook reports financial results on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)Facebook now has more than 1.6 billion users. Think about that fact for a moment. This means that Facebook is now larger than every nation on earth, surpassing China by nearly the population of America. It's also larger than the global number of Muslims, or Buddhists, or Hindus. At the rate Facebook is growing, it may soon surpass the world's 2.2 billion Christians.

Here's another interesting fact: the average follower of the four major religions spends up to forty-five minutes a day in spiritual activities. By contrast, the average Facebook user spends fifty minutes on the platform each day.

Would a visitor to our planet say that Facebook is our newest religion?

Consider the parallels. The world's religions appeal to their followers for three reasons:

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