This isn’t to say that all issues should have the same priority. But it does mean we cannot afford to be morally selective. We cannot work to end abortion while being ignorant of, or unmoved by, the social and economic factors that often contribute to it.
I don’t intend to bind anyone’s conscience. The Lord has given each of us a unique stewardship. But recent weeks have led me to take a serious inventory of my social media use. The conclusion: I’ve all but kissed Facebook goodbye. I still have an account, partly for professional reasons, but I’m striving to minimize my usage. I’ve come to believe that posting articles and partaking in debates on this medium is far less profitable than I once thought. I’m seeking a return to more intimate ways to build relationships with friends and family.
Simply put, if we’re not reading the Bible to see what it reveals about Jesus, we are reading it the wrong way. Seeing Jesus in Scripture is reading the Bible the way Jesus intended. And if want to become like Jesus we must learn to find him throughout Scripture.
Interesting rationale for the biblical principles to love your neighbor and discern what’s true:
There are no doubt as many conceptualizations of the good life as there are lives that aspire to it, but surely one of the most important pathways to its achievement begins with the desire to seek what is good — for the self, for those we love, for “our neighbor,” for our earth. Such a pathway involves the developing capacity to discern what is good—and just and true—at any moment, under all the circumstances of our lives.
Our students’ ignorance is not a failing of the educational system – it is its crowning achievement. Efforts by several generations of philosophers and reformers and public policy experts — whom our students (and most of us) know nothing about — have combined to produce a generation of know-nothings. The pervasive ignorance of our students is not a mere accident or unfortunate but correctible outcome, if only we hire better teachers or tweak the reading lists in high school. It is the consequence of a civilizational commitment to civilizational suicide. The end of history for our students signals the End of History for the West.
This is really good (following this intro there are lots of practical and challenging ideas):
I woke up one morning keen to find time for communion with God. But first my kids needed breakfast. One thing led to another, and before I knew it the day was past and I had not spent time in my Bible or prayer.
With a heavy heart, I realized that in the 168 hours that made up my week, I could hardly carve out one hour for communion with God.
I’m fascinated by the topic of self-discipline (or self-control) right now. I’ll be writing more about it at some point, but right now I’m reading other articles about it. This has been the best so far:
Let us be clear, if there is no discipline, there is no discipleship. If we do not discipline ourselves, God Himself will discipline us (Heb. 12:5–11). One way or another, there will be discipline in our lives. Given our tendency toward sin, we must discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness, lest we be disciplined by God.
There are lots of articles on this topic out there. I know because it’s one of my favorite topics. But this one was better than most, and it has a biblical tie-in I’d never seen before (the “face-to-face” theme).
Aside from “believing in God” which is obviously unimportant among non-Christians, the values are nearly identical.
…Basically, the only real difference is that Christians value prayer and non-Christians value protecting the environment. Other than that one difference, Christians and non-Christians pretty much value the same things.
That’s a little concerning.
The most important values of American Christians are virtually no different from the most important values America’s non-Christian, but moral population.
“It is okay for a millennial pastor to be the one crossing the bridge, making the cultural commute in order to be a part of a church community. But, it doesn’t always work the same way for millennial church members.
And, I think this is a big reason millennials aren’t in church. It just isn’t a world that most of us can even access.”
“There are a number of bad reasons to avoid reading old books, which you should never use as an excuse to avoid reading old works of literature. I list four of them here, quoting C.S. Lewis liberally to make the point.”
Francis Chan walked away from his megachurch to try something completely different – a series of tiny house churches in inner city San Francisco. Why the change? And what can we learn from his big experiment in going “small?” This week on the podcast with Francis Chan – is the future of the church tiny??