When You’re Diagnosed With A Fatal Disease
This blog will be about how I live life now that I have ALS, how I deal with the obstacles, how I sometimes fail, and how I sometimes succeed. Mostly, though, it will be about how this experience is changing my perspectives and about how I hang on to my faith. Although I may not always pull it off, I’ll try to be personal, open, and real. And I’ll not be straying into the TMI zone. If you’re struggling too, which most of us are for one reason or another, I hope my posts encourage you. That’s really why I’m doing this.
Five quick points on the ESV’s rendering of Genesis 3:16
I happen to agree with Susan Foh’s interpretation of “desire,” which defines the term in connection with its appearance in Genesis 4:8. I think it is a compelling connection and of course would be consistent with the new ESV interpretation. Having said that, neither complementarianism nor egalitarianism stands or falls on the interpretation of this single verse. One can be an egalitarian and agree with the Foh interpretation of “desire.” One can be complementarian and believe that “desire” should be defined in connection with Song of Songs 7:10 (7:11 MT). The interpretation of this verse is a piece of the puzzle, not the whole puzzle.
Eight Barriers To Multiplication, Part 2
Until your church sees multiplication
as a personal conviction that they should embrace and enact, you will
be facing an uphill battle. So work on communicating Jesus’ commitment to multiplication to the entire congregation through different means, like vision talks, sermon illustrations, state of the union addresses, print pieces, stories, and video.
10 Things You Should Know about Persecution
It’s the nature of news reporting to generalize and sensationalize, and Christian news sources aren’t much different than secular media in this regard. While the speed and reach of the internet can bring persecution incidents quickly to light, it can also result in the proliferation of poorly vetted stories that are then recycled for months—even years.
The State of The Church in America: When Numbers Point To A New Reality, Part 2
The fact is that more than one-third of Americans are evangelical by self-identification. Furthermore, evangelicals attend church now more than ever. The 2014 GSS reported that in the last two years of the study, a greater percentage of evangelicals were attending church than any other time in the last four decades. Fifty-five percent of evangelicals attend church nearly every week. According to the Pew data, about half of American Christians claim to be evangelical or born again.
Less Redeeming Things and More Enjoying Them
Is it wrong to find the 8 gospel themes in The Revenant? Of course not. But it’s also okay to watch the movie simply for fun and to observe Leo’s bear skills. That too is a gift from God. An activity doesn’t need to be overtly “spiritual” for it to be deeply spiritual.
How Morality Changes in a Foreign Language
What then, is a multilingual person’s “true” moral self? Is it my moral memories, the reverberations of emotionally charged interactions that taught me what it means to be “good”? Or is it the reasoning I’m able to apply when free of such unconscious constraints? Or perhaps, this line of research simply illuminates what is true for all of us, regardless of how many languages we speak: that our moral compass is a combination of the earliest forces that have shaped us and the ways in which we escape them.
Texas College Transforms Football Field Into a Farm
All Paul Quinn students now work 150 hours on the farm to fulfill their work tuition, raising organic vegetables that are sold to area restaurants, as well as to the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium. The college also donates 10 percent of its produce to residents in need in the surrounding community, which is situated in an area of Dallas with few grocery stores and limited access to fresh food.