Welcome to June! There’s not too much interesting that I’ve seen on the Kindle front at the moment, beyond Start Next Now by Bob Pritchett (99¢), and Gods at War by Kyle Idleman ($2.99). You might find something interesting in Amazon’s monthly Kindle deals, which features hundreds of titles across all genres for $3.99 or less. Be sure to also check out Christian Audio for their free audiobook of the month, and the free resource for Logos users, Study the Word.
You and I, too, are now navigating an increasingly foreign culture, a culture that has suddenly swept into being around us. If we are going to live well in this culture, we need to think through certain scenarios and consider how we will respond to them. As parents, we need to consider scenarios our children may face and teach them how to respond as well. These are not just conversations about transgenderism and scenarios that may unfold as we encounter and interact with transgender people, but conversations about the scenarios that may accompany it. Such scenarios will be different for each family in each context, but here are a few examples, none of which is entirely unlikely.
Glad to see Brandon back at blogging:
It should be obvious, then, that theology is the language of Christianity. Christianese isn’t the dialect of Ned Flanders; it’s the gospel-drenched, worship-laden language of God’s people. We of all people should be consistent, contagious God-talkers. Yet many people act as though theology is alien to the nature and acts of God. Loving God isn’t about a set of doctrines, they say–it’s about a relationship. For them, theology is just an academic sport for professionals, but it’s not important for the Christian’s daily life; theology belongs in outer space, not in our hearts.
When President Barack Obama stepped to the podium in Hanoi in May to end a half-century arms embargo against Vietnam, more than opening the spigot to a cache of sophisticated American-made weapons was at stake.
The president showed, as he has in other parts of the world, his “pivot” to Asia is a pivot away from human rights. Far from a passive move—simply overlooking in favor of economic and other interests China’s gulags, Burma’s camps, or Vietnam’s disappeared dissidents—Obama overruled even allied human rights advocates.
I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, and it meant telling the Wheaton College community that I am gay. Many people far away from the campus think that Wheaton would be the worst place to be gay. While my experience does not speak for everyone’s, it is an important story. The way Wheaton responded to me can be a model for other evangelical institutions. For it wasn’t just about being accepted for who I am, but also about thriving as a Christian.
Justin Taylor shares a few highlights from a fascinating article.
Throughout history, Christians have found all sorts of problematic reasons to not attend church, but we’ve also devised some silly reasons to attend church, too. Below are three bad reasons to go to church. If you go to church for one of these three reasons, you’ll be disappointed, or your church will be annoyed.
Sean Nolan writes, “I love being clever and original. I’m not bragging, I’m confessing.”