Links To Go (August 27, 2019)

To Honor John McCain, His Wife Says, Americans Could Be Nicer To One Another

To some, Republican Sen. John McCain embodied principles of a bygone Washington: He sought common ground; he reached across the political divide; he had close friendships with Democrats.

The ICE chief called family detention ‘summer camp.’ Here’s what it looks like inside.

Albence said that, unlike the Border Patrol facilities where children lacked toothbrushes and were photographed sleeping on the ground, ICE’s family residential centers give children and parents three hot meals a day and access to a wide array of services, including a 24-hour infirmary, a day care, a library with internet and email access, a beauty salon, a charter school and a canteen.

Easy come, easy go

Ben Shapiro chides cultural snowflakes: “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” I propose a similar axiom: “Cash doesn’t care about your deservingness.” Don’t worry about money, because money isn’t worried about you. Jesus spoke of the fickleness of Lady Lucre this way: “moth and rust destroy … thieves break in and steal.”

4 Unexpected, Counterintuitive Truths About Uncool Churches

  1. A lot of uncool churches are doing genuine, contextual ministry
  2. We don’t understand their context as well as we think
  3. We’re not giving them the credit they deserve
  4. Cool churches can’t give them what they need

3 Ways to Kill Gossip

  1. Tell the person you refuse to hear it.
  2. Tell the person they need to go to the person they are gossiping about, or you will.
  3. Enact church discipline directly at the source(s).

How to Spot a Fake, and a Real, Expert

In most of our churches there are real experts, and there are fake experts. We are probably each experts in something – at one time I was almost an expert in issues related to Cessna 402 and 404 aircraft. Today, I doubt I could get one off the ground. I know nothing about farming or cattle ranching, but if you ask me about Dietrich Bonhoeffer I can give you a fairly educated answer. I would starve to death if I had to earn a living repairing cars or welding something, but let me teach a class on the book of Revelation and I can give you your money’s worth. Just because you are not an expert in Greek does not mean that you cannot teach a class on the gospel of Matthew – just don’t try to fool anybody with knowledge you do not have.

The Church-Budgeting Book You Didn’t Know You Need

Those who have worked in local-church leadership know it’s common for members to make a false distinction between spiritual and financial matters. Correcting that mindset isn’t an easy task. Budgeting for a Healthy Church is a wonderful resource that will meet this need. I’m asking our leaders to invest the time to read this short book. And I encourage other churches to do the same.

How Two Words Can Change Your Life

Saying thank you is a habit. It shows that you appreciate everything. Big things and little things. And appreciation is an important aspect of a happy life.

Boy holds hands of crying classmate with autism on first day of school

“Tell your son I said thank you so very much!” Crites said. “That little boy he helped is my son and is autistic, I worry everyday that he is going to get bullied for being different and your son just absolutely warmed my heart. If there were more children like him I wouldn’t worry about such things.”

Washington man’s car gets stolen while he’s busy robbing a store

After surveillance video was reviewed, police discovered that the reason Kelley had left his truck was because he was off stealing items from a business across the street.

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