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Martin Patriquin on why universities are refusing to allow men’s issues groups on their campuses:
As the RSU decision demonstrates, the main objection to men’s issues groups is that they are actually thinly disguised misogynist redoubts for potentially violent men. Journalist Scaachi Koul professed how she would be “nervous” if she were made to study next door to a such a thing. “I don’t think they should exist,” she said on a recent CBC panel. “I think a lot of the men’s rights movement is a response to the anxiety about women doing better.”
You look up from your closing prayer and see, yet again, blank faces, arms crossed, pursed lips, feet itching to beat the Catholics out to the all-you-can-eat buffet at the local people-trough. You sigh.
Then you get studied up and prayed up all week and do it again. And again. And again.
It’s comforting to know that someone notices. Someone understands. Someone sees and someone recognizes. I don’t know about you, but the knowledge of Jesus fills my heart and lifts my soul; it helps me to know that Jesus knows.
But there is one thing that Jesus doesn’t know.
The pastor is a public theologian who ministers understanding to the people of God in order to build them up into Christ. It therefore stands to reason, Andrew Purves notes, that “pastors must ever grow in their knowledge and understanding of people.” The best way to know people is to live among them, to share their sorrows, joys, challenges, and frustrations.
But people come in many shapes and sizes, and there’s not enough time to become acquainted with everyone you meet. Hence the importance of becoming acquainted with literature, the laboratory of the human condition.
Here are four reasons pastor-theologians should read works of fiction in particular.
Nathan Busenitz does a great job providing a brief historical background on Seventh-day Adventism, as well as its three fundamental deviations from biblical Christianity.
As we are considering what a new facility will look like at LifeWay, some of our leaders recently toured offices throughout Nashville to gain perspective and insight on structuring work environments. The good folks at Red Pepper (a marketing and advertising agency) were very gracious with their time and gave a few of us a tour of their facility. The conversations flowed back and forth between facility, culture, leadership, and execution.
During the time, we talked about the difference between makers andmanagers, a phrase I picked up from them, and how they often work differently. The language is sticky because you immediately know the difference. Makers primarily focus on creating while managers primarily focus on managing people, processes, and systems to ensure the work gets done.