Many couples will be quick to turn to tradition for the answers. They will remember the homes they grew up in and seek to emulate their parents’ style of homemaking and child-rearing. Or perhaps they will turn to our romanticized notions of family life in the 50’s and 60’s. Some of these appeals to tradition will be rewarded as far as they conform to Scripture, but many practices handed down to us from our parents or society (no matter how “wholesome” they may be) will be extra-biblical. This doesn’t mean that they are inherently wrong or unhelpful, but only that they are not constraining in the same way that Scripture is.
Strong Enough to be Wrong
Josh Harris’s recent TED talk has a lot worth considering:
Here are fifteen myths about expository preaching that should be exposed to help the preacher rightly understand and faithfully practice expository preaching.Expository preaching is not whatever someone calls expository preaching. There is a growing interest in expository preaching these days. This is an encouraging fact; inasmuch as biblical preaching is the first step to true revival. Many preachers claim to be expositors now, wanting to be a part of the trend. Beware, much preaching that is called expository preaching simply is not.
That’s especially true when driverless cars are just one piece of a larger dilemma. What happens to a view of work when increased automation seems to be constantly “disrupting” careers and even entire industries? Unlike previous generations of Western people, ours increasingly has little understanding of the world our parents and grandparents lived in, in which one expected to learn a skill, find a job, and remain in it, or perhaps be promoted upward through it, for life. Those days are gone. Instead, increasingly, younger people find they must compete in a “gig economy” where they may change jobs multiple times in a five-year period, if they can even find work at all.
But what caught my eye was something that Justice Sonia Sotomayor said at the end of the presentation, specifically when the conversation concerned the question of American attitudes toward same-sex marriage and whether or not there is a parallel with interracial marriage.
In her mind, possessing a bucket is the essential ingredient to giving someone refreshing water. And here is this bucket-less dude telling her he can give her water that will forever satiate her thirst. Maybe if he came with a bucket, it’d be at least plausible. He might be good at other things—but he’s failing the entry level exam of Water-Giving 101.
I get it. I understand this Samaritan woman because I make the same accusation of Jesus nearly on a daily basis.
A favorite from the archives:
I’ve got a bit of a love-hate relationship with Christmas, or at least a lot of the trappings surrounding it. The struggle to create a “perfect” Christmas, the whole Christmas-karma nonsense… But one of the things I desperately struggle with is our lack of understanding of what Christmas is really all about.
Christmas—the incarnation—is a declaration of war.