It tugs on your heart strings to picture the person who “rejected Jesus because the only Jesus they ever saw was an oppressive figure”. But this person simply does not exist, according to the Scriptures. Romans 1 says that everyone has “clearly perceived” and are thus “without excuse”. Lady Wisdom has called and they’ve turned aside.
Craig makes a good point here.
But because blogging has always existed in opposition to these traditional forms of publishing, it has always been considered less than them. It has always been considered crude or unsophisticated by comparison. Even today, blogs and bloggers are the butts of many jokes. Everyone respects journalists and authors and columnists, but no one respects a blogger.
One of my favorite hobbies is gift giving. In my quest to become a great gift-giver, I have learned an important lesson: you cannot give a great gift to someone you do not know. You can give generic gifts. You can give generous gifts. You can even give good gifts. However, to give a really great gift, you have to know what makes the recipient come alive. You have to see the twinkle in their eye and hear the wistfulness in their tone of voice. I study people—hopefully in non-creepy ways—to discover the details that are significant to them. And I love that solitary moment when the gift has been opened and the recipient comprehends, without a doubt, that he or she is known and loved by me.
When I go to work each morning, my job is to help Christian authors navigate digital communication tools like social media and blogs to use the gifts God has given them to serve their audiences. To some on the outside, this job might just look like “marketing” or “platforming” for the sake of selling a few more books.
To me, my job is much, much more than that: it is about warring against the overwhelming negativity and hopelessness of much of social media culture with messages of encouragement and gospel hope so that more may come to know the goodness found in Christ and his salvation.
But is social media made for such weighty, eternal matters? Can 140 Twitter characters or a five-minute Facebook Live video bear the burden of the gospel message?
Please be praying for Trevin and his family.
Parenting is challenging no matter the era because parenting is challenging period. But in His wisdom, God has made me a parent today.
I’m not the perfect parent, but I am the parent perfectly chosen by God for my children in this moment. His sovereignty does not stop in the hospital delivery room.
Christian parents don’t need your pity. They do, however, desperately need your prayers.
A favorite from the archives:
Reading books is good for new Christians, but our reading is only as profitable as the books we’re reading are helpful. When the content is beneficial and we’ve got the maturity to embrace it humbly, it’s a good thing. When the content is awful and we have the acumen to critique it thoughtfully, it’s a blessed thing. But when we’re reading anything and lack either the maturity or discernment to appropriately process it, it can lead to disaster.