As American Christians, we tend to view our cultural identity through the lenses of either self-deprecation or pious elitism. We are a paradox of both good and bad, but we need to remember our good side. In Matthew 25 Jesus tells the story of a master who entrusts his servants with possessions and tells them to be good stewards—we need to do the same with our faith. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away (Matt, 25: 29 NLT).
American Christianity has many great traits, and let’s pray that we utilize them to the best of our ability, always striving to glorify Christ and follow His perfect example.
People can take something as good and holy as God’s temple and God’s temple worship and turn it to idolatry. Is it possible for people to turn worship itself into an idol? An idol is anything that we worship in place of God. Is it possible that in our worship we begin to love the songs, the beat, the trendiness of it all more than the God it is all trying to point us to?
But the negatives are huge. Men are doers, and singing was one of the things we used to do together in church. It was a chance to participate. Now, with congregational singing going away, and communion no longer a weekly ordinance, there’s only one avenue left for men to participate in the service – the offering. Is this really the message we want to send to men? Sit there, be quiet, and enjoy the show. And don’t forget to give us money.
In turn, when older people are told that younger people are getting increasingly narcissistic, they may be prone to agree because they confuse the claim for generational change with the fact that younger people are simply more narcissistic than they are. The confusion leads to an increased likelihood that older individuals will agree with the Generation Me argument despite its lack of empirical support.
It seems as a people, we have a fascination with photographing our food. From Henry’s series of riders, to looking on instagram we cant help but document what we consume. Photographer Peter Menzel started this intriguing series of one weeks of groceries from around the world, taking traditional food photography to a much larger scale.
We’ve all had crappy Monday mornings, but a high school student in Thorndike, Maine, may have just raised the bar. The teen was driving to school when a portable toilet fell on her red Jeep Cherokee – a direct hit, though she swerved to avoid it.
WLTX TV of Columbia, S.C., says the mix-up apparently came as the caskets were being sent via the same Delta flight out of New York LaGuardia. That’s where WLTX reports that Delta shipping clerks “apparently put the wrong shipping labels on the caskets.”