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Come On, Be Reasonable And Do It My Way!

Barnabas Piper:

If you were to choose labels for what you see in Christianity today “reasonableness” would be nowhere near the top of the list. Outrage, bombast, extremism, polarity, partisan, sectarian, reactive, over-reactive, accusatory, judgmental, defensive, insulting, ignorant, fearful, hypocritical and others would likely come to mind first. If you wanted to find a more positive description you might go with well-intentioned, determined, or industrious. Of course no one of those terms, negative or positive, accurately sums up the church, but they would be higher on the list than “reasonable.”

iOS 7 Apps for Creative Leaders

Chris Vacher:

Lots of buzz right now about iOS 7, flat design, mobile apps, sapphire fingerprint scanners and plastic phones. Today I want to do a quick post on iOS 7 apps for creative leaders! There is no doubt iPhone, iPad and Android devices have become a key tool in the creative leader arsenal. At the heart of this are apps which allow us to design, share and interact with the world. I’m an Apple/iOS user so I want to share some iOS 7 apps for creative leaders that I am using almost every day.

When I say creative leaders I’m thinking about anyone looking to produce content – might be music, photos, graphics, whatever. Part of that is the actual content creation and part of that is managing the process. So these iOS 7 apps for creative leaders are some which will help you in the creation part and also in the leading part.

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Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free by Tullian Tchividjian is free today for the Kindle.

The Feminine Mystique at 50

Jessica Hong:

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. Friedan, a freelance writer for women’s magazines and a suburban housewife, wrote for a generation of post-World War II women she claimed had bought into the image of the “feminine mystique” and, as a result, suffered from the “problem that has no name.” This mystique, reinforced by magazines, advertisements, and popular culture, was “the suburban housewife—the dream image of the young American woman . . . healthy, beautiful, educated, concerned only about her husband, her children, her home.” Friedan argued that this image promised true feminine fulfillment.

Learning from a Lesbian Visitor to Your Church

Trevin Wax:

My friend said the conversation is usually over once the caller realizes the church holds to traditional teaching regarding sexuality. He told me he always shakes his head and thinks, Who do we think we are, that we can come to God and tell Him what we will and will not change? 

You and I are like the lesbian caller.

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