Links to Go (April 20, 2018)

Do You Worship Your Worship Experience?

Could it be that, sometimes, the thing we are drawn to worship apart from God is worship itself? The act of it as it takes place in our church services? The music, the dark lighting, the instruments playing behind the prayer? Is this what I crave more than God?


The Truth About Truth

The truth that sets men free is a WHO! It’s not just the Bible. It’s not simply doctrine. It’s the Son. It’s Jesus Himself. If the truth that set men free was simply doctrine, then Jesus would not have had to die. John 1:17 tells us that “grace and truth were realized in Jesus Christ.” Jesus is truth personified.


Why There’s No Such Thing as African Christianity

Let the world wage its cultural and ethnic fights. It has no common ground. However, let them see something totally different when they come into the Christian church. Let them find a gospel that has broken down all our barriers, a gospel that causes believers to work lovingly toward mutual edification rather than to create yet another war zone in the guise of acknowledging our ethnicity, which may or may not have been previously suppressed.
Brothers and sisters, we are Christians who happen to be Africans, not Africans who happen to be Christians. Let us get the biblical emphasis right!


5 Leadership Insights I Wish I Knew 25 Years Ago

  1. Silence from your team does not mean they agree with you.
  2. Collaboration will get you further down the road.
  3. You probably can’t over-communicate.
  4. Others mirror a leader’s emotional temperature.
  5. Less is more.

The Old Testament Is Dying: An Interview with Brent A. Strawn

I discuss all of these seven topics in considerable detail in the book, but, for me, proof of the Old Testament’s decline is found in the facts that:

  1. many Christians know very little of it
  2. many Christians “mispronounce” the few parts they do know (the Old Testament is all mean, for instance, or all happy) and
  3. many Christians can’t carry on a coherent conversation in the language of Scripture.

The last point could be contrasted, I suspect, with how many Christians would have no problem discussing their favorite episode of a TV show they recently binged, or the names of their favorite sports stars or football coaches, and so on and so forth. But ask them to identify their favorite chapter in Jonah or Ruth—or Matthew or 1 Peter—and I suspect you’d get the oddest of looks (and responses!).


A majority of U.S. teens fear a shooting could happen at their school, and most parents share their concern

In the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a majority of American teens say they are very or somewhat worried about the possibility of a shooting happening at their school – and most parents of teens share that concern, according to new Pew Research Center surveys of teens ages 13 to 17 and parents with children in the same age range.


Airline Travel Is Really Safe. Let’s Keep It That Way.

Airline travel kills fewer people than swing sets (20 deaths a year), or bathtubs (300 deaths a year) or staircases (1,600 deaths a year). Flying on a U.S. carrier especially may be the safest thing a human can do aside from sleeping. (Actually, sleeping is pretty dangerous: 450 people die each year from falling out of bed.)


Passengers fail to wear oxygen masks properly aboard emergency Southwest flight

A photo of passengers wearing their oxygen masks improperly circulated on social media in the aftermath of the incident. The masks covered only their mouths, whereas safety demonstrations instruct passengers to cover their nose and mouth.


The Surprising Link Between Language and Depression

Far better indicators, he says, are the presence of “absolutist words” in a person’s speech or writing, such as “always,” “constantly,” and “completely.” When overused, they tend to indicate that someone has a “black-and-white view of the world,” Al-Mosaiwi says. An analysis of posts on different internet forums found that absolutist words were 50 percent more prevalent on anxiety and depression forums, and 80 percent more prevalent on suicidal ideation forums.


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