Today is a special day in our family’s lives: it’s precisely 2 years since we learned that my visa was approved and we were officially moving to America. Now for a little bit of extra good news: my visa has been extended for an additional 30 months!
Now, onto a few items worth reading and watching.
I agree with JD on this.
This is a good discussion.
There is a difference between rest and laziness. Rest is part of the natural rhythm of life, and rest is actually an expression of faith. When we rest, we can only do so because we believe the words of Jesus, that “it is finished,” and we have nothing left to prove. But laziness? Well, that’s different. Laziness is filled with apathy rather than gratitude, with entitlement rather than stewardship.
So how can we guard our hearts from laziness? I’d suggest we start with reminding ourselves of a few truths.
As Southern Baptists lurch toward our annual meeting next month, we are embattled and embittered, with people on various sides of our current debates experiencing grief and anger, concern and alarm. Last week, I warned of two tendencies that could further fracture our convention and make long-term unity more difficult to achieve.
Today, as many find themselves in a season of profound discouragement and disillusionment, I want to offer a brief word of encouragement to those who might be tempted to dismiss the dream that we could become a healthier family of churches.
A few days ago my best friend and I were talking about a restaurant on the phone, and as soon as he got off the call, an ad appeared in his Instagram timeline advertising that very restaurant. Needless to say, it was a tad creepy. Whether or not our phones are actually listening to us, we do know that our devices are designed and allowed to record massive amounts of data, often without our understanding or knowledge.
We know our data-rich world comes with many benefits, too. Waze gets us to our destination using the quickest route. Netflix finds the perfect show for us that we’ve never heard of before. But with these data-mining benefits also come dangers.
This is one of the reasons I respect Adam Ford.