Karen Swallow Prior:
A central plot-line in the disturbing but stunning 1999 film American Beauty involves sexual fantasies about a teen girl by the main character, a middle-aged suburban husband and father desperately living out a quiet nightmare version of the American Dream. In a discussion of the film with my then-boss, an older man, a strong Christian leader and educator, he told me, “Any man who says he hasn’t had such fantasies is a liar.” His candor was as rare as it was refreshing. But what he said wasn’t shocking.
Ed Stetzer offers some additional commentary on the post that inspire #TakeDownThatPost and #HowOldWereYou hashtags of last week.
There are many questions to be asked about church health and mission. Many are being asked with the right heart. But right motives are no guarantee that the right questions are being asked.
We often ask questions with familiarity in mind. This is a good place to begin, but we can’t remain here. Unfortunately, we often stay put. We have not learned the stewardship of questioning.
The right questions matter.
Kindle deals for Christian readers
Crossway has a few books by Kent and Barbara Hughes on sale this week:
- Disciplines of a Godly Man—$2.99
- Disciplines of a Godly Woman—$2.99
- Disciplines of a Godly Family—$2.99
- Disciplines of a Godly Young Man—$1.99
Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan is also on sale for 99¢.
There’s a phrase I’ve heard in our home lately. It pops up whenever the kids ask why we do things differently than other people.
I noticed it first when our son asked why he and his sister aren’t allowed to say certain words his friends say.
“Why can’t we talk that way?” he asked.
“Because we’re Christians. Jesus saved us, and we want to honor Him with our lips.”
Marc Cortez shares a helpful quote from Anne Lamott.
In our day to day life, we’re face to face, tone of voice is heard, body language is seen. On the web, though, and social media, we are left without those necessary cues. If a person uses coarse or aggressive language in a post/comment, and defends their words with, “I just want to have a conversation,” they should understand words that sound conversational to them may sound abusive to someone else. And likewise, someone like me who feels any slight pushback is a personal affront to my character, my spirituality, my soul, and my personhood needs to take a step back and assume a charitable posture.
A preview of the ongoing video series from John Piper on studying the Bible: