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Trump at Liberty
So yesterday, Trump’s trolling of America continued with a stop at Liberty University, where he was introduced as a man whose life has borne fruit in keeping with the teachings of Jesus. Russell Moore spoke with CNN on why some evangelicals are up in arms. The Atlantic and Christianity Today have a couple of good pieces worth reading that address the issue a little more comprehensively. Finally, Denny Burk gets to one of the real points of concerns.
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This anxiety of entrusting your child to the care of another person continues all the way from elementary school to high school to college to marriage. All parents have this sense that no one can care for their child like they can.
Our family was in the throes of grief from the sudden and tragic loss of my mother-in-law. My wife’s closest mentor, a grandma, an anchor in our community, and the best mother-in-law a guy could imagine had been ripped away from us during the joy and frenzy of Thanksgiving. I recognized in my neighbors that day the same pain we were feeling. I saw parents and neighbors who were broken and hurting, isolated, never navigating past the surface with the people around them. They were physically present but emotionally distant. They were half-decent players in the pretending game.
The neighborhood itself reflected this emotional distance.
I entitled this post “The R-Rated Tongue” because I wanted to warn you that the Bible’s teaching about the tongue is full of scary language and frightening images. However, unlike the MPAM “R” this is a biblical “R,” meaning that although the images are horrendous and the language horrific, yet even the youngest child is called to view and hear for their good. Let’s look at the first of these graphic and scary images in James 3:5-6, where we are told that the tongue is a dangerous inferno.
There is a difference between healthy tension and unhealthy conflict. Wise leaders attempt to foster healthy tension where team members who love and trust one another sharpen each other and where ideas get matured and developed through robust discussion. Just as tension in exercise makes a body stronger, healthy tension can make a team stronger.
Unhealthy conflict is very different. Unhealthy conflict spoils the unity and morale of the team. Unhealthy conflict distracts from the mission. Unhealthy conflict, if it is allowed to fester and grow, becomes more and more divisive and more and more harmful.