This is worth listening to.
You’ve probably experienced it yourself. Maybe it’s the way you feel while scrolling through your Twitter feed — anxious, twitchy, a little world weary — or your unease when you see a child watching YouTube videos, knowing she’s just a few algorithmic nudges away from a rabbit hole filled with lunatic conspiracies and gore. Or maybe it was this month’s Facebook privacy scandal, which reminded you that you’ve entrusted the most intimate parts of your digital life to a profit-maximizing surveillance machine.
The videos of all the sessions from the MLK50 Conference are available to watch (requires sign-up). Having been in attendance, I found this to be one of the
In recent months, we’ve seen a number of Christian leaders acknowledging their complicity in immoral or unethical behavior. In each of these cases, sinful patterns in the present have caused a reevaluation of ministry fruitfulness in the past. Tragic, isn’t it? Perhaps the evil one is not interested in sidelining older leaders because he wants to stop them from future ministry; instead, he wants to stain their reputation so that all the fruit from their past becomes spoiled as well.
Easter has come and gone once again. And probably in your house, as there was in ours, there was a big lead up to last Sunday.
In our house, we read through the last days of Jesus, starting with His entry into Jerusalem and then, on Sunday morning, the empty tomb. We prayed together that we would have a deep appreciation that week in particular for the sacrifice of Jesus and the significance of the resurrection. We bought new clothes, planned Good Friday services, and an Easter Sunday lunch with family.
1,800. That’s the number of people in my life that Facebook neatly categorizes as friends.
This is fascinating. Those who I disciple and my high school friends both fall under the same category: “friend.” Think of how odd this is. I spend time worshipping Jesus, reading the Bible, and confessing sins with those I disciple. On the other hand, I haven’t participated in a single substantive conversation or exchanged a single meaningful remark with most of my high school friends since 2007.
A favorite from the archives:
I’ve seen a theme pop up again and again over the last several years when it comes to talking about giving, one that typically presents itself in one of two ways:
1. From those trying to motivate Christians into giving more: “Statistics show Christians are not generous! If they just gave X percent more, we could [meet budget/fund a church plant/end poverty/
build a castle for the pastor/etc.].”
2. From revisionists who try to deflect inquiries and arguments from orthodox Christians: “If these so-called orthodox evangelicals spent half as much time caring for the poor and needy in the world as they do fighting about abortion and homosexuality, the world would be a better place.”
Notice the common theme:
You’re not doing enough, you’ve got the wrong priorities, and you need to do more.