Hopefully the danger of texting and driving will cause more drivers to put down the phone, but obviously, there is no silver-bullet answer. We each must do our part and focus on the road. As Christians, putting the phone down and focusing on the road follows the gospel imperative to love your neighbor as yourself. Every car on the road is operated by a man or woman created in God’s image who has an eternal destiny.
Now, I’ve worked with men struggling with some form of sexual addiction for almost twenty years and there is much to this problem. Regardless of the addiction, recovery as a believer after involves these 3 beginning, common-sense steps.
I know there is a case to be made for allowing computers into the classroom. Students can type faster than they can write by hand. Digital notes can be accessed across multiple devices. It’s easier to edit notes electronically. Our hands will cramp up. We won’t be able to read our own writing. The lead on the pencil will break. I’m sure there are more sophisticated reasons too. I don’t judge the thousands of teachers who allow, or even encourage, computer use in the classroom. I know my position is a minority one.
But here’s my thinking.
Confidence has been a hot topic word for me because I have a long- standing battle with fear and insecurity. I always thought of confidence as believing in one’s self. Since I have to stare constantly at the weaknesses within myself, it doesn’t tend to build my confidence, but the Scripture says my confidence is in the Lord, in His might, in His power, in His wisdom.
I’ve always felt called to write, not just blog articles but books.
In particular, I’ve felt drawn in recent years to write about spiritual growth. Why do we know so much about spiritual growth, but so many of us seem to be stuck? How exactly do we grow? What role does the gospel play, and how can habits help us?
In short, what are the theological and practical steps that we need to take to grow into maturity as followers of Jesus Christ?
Moses gives Joseph more time in Genesis than he does any other character—a striking fact given the significance of Genesis’s other main characters: Adam, Noah, and the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This prominence is even more striking considering the apparent insignificance of Joseph in the rest of Scripture.
What then do we make of the Joseph story? Why is it so prominent in Genesis?
A favorite from the archives:
That’s how long William Wilberforce labored to see the end of slavery in the British Empire. His work began in earnest in 1787 when he first came into contact with abolitionists such as Thomas Clarkson, Hannah More and Charles Middleton. These activists found a kindred spirit in Wilberforce, whose conversion to the Christian faith had given birth to an abiding concern for social reform—so much so, in fact, that he wrote in his diary, “God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.”