By “stupid links,” I mean hyperlinks on the Web that do nothing but tap our kneejerk curiosity. They do little for us because they have little to offer. We click, we read, we watch, and often we feel dumber for it.
Such clamorous links litter the Internet, offering up celebrity gossip, bizarre crime stories, violent videos, and sexual images — each link asking for little more than a click (such a petty request).
I must admit when I see Washington Post headlines like 5 Church Phrases That Are Scaring Off Millennials, my first instinct is “Tell me what they are, so I make sure to use them all in my next sermon!”
I know, I know, that’s a perverse and twisted reaction; but it eventually passes, sanity and reason return, and I try to listen for the truth in the midst of all the over-sensitivity.
So let’s examine these terrorizing and terrifying words to see if we should drop them, modify them, or indeed say them more than ever!
Kindle deals for Christian readers
A couple new ones for you:
- The Doctrines of Grace by James Montgomery Boice and Philip G. Ryken—$2.85
- Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Volume 2 by Ken Ham—$4.76
- The Tower of Babel by Bodie Hodge—$4.76
- The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion by Rodney Stark—$2.99 (USA only)
If you’re in the London, Ontario, area, the Navigators Resource Centre is celebrating its grand-reopening November 28-30. I’ll be on-site Nov 29-30 to share a bit from Contend and Awaiting a Savior and take part in a book signing—hope to see you there!
When parents retell our children’s sins, we often leave the impression that we are the ones who have been wronged. This is not the attitude of Scripture. David’s confession in Psalm 51 makes it clear that sin is primarily rebellion against God himself. We parents may have been disrespected or disobeyed by our children, but we are not the chief offended party. We distract our children from the real significance of their sin—and the real sweetness of their Savior—when we make it sound like their sin is about us rather than about God.