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In his classic 1984, George Orwell imagines a future in which the omnipresent Big Brother government seeks to eliminate all independent thinking. This is achieved through surveillance, deception and ultimately threats of violence.
When many evangelicals imagine the future, this is the image that comes to mind. A dystopian future ruled by an aggressive secular government using power to force Christians to recant their faith.
Ed Stetzer shares some important information.
It’s not uncommon to hear Christians talk about “redeeming” things.
What they typically mean by this is taking something seemingly ordinary or normal and injecting God into to it, like hiding veggies in a pile of meat (yes, kind of weird analogy, but you understand). By injecting God into the normal, that normal thing suddenly becomes valuable or godly.
This new documentary could lead to some interesting discussions. I hope:
After I said my piece, I stopped to drink my coffee. Bill seized on the moment of silence and said, “Dan, you know that your people will not get where you want them to go unless you lead them there, right?”
Bill was right. It’s a principle of discipleship that I am often tempted to forget. It is why the Scriptures often describe spiritual leadership as shepherding. A good shepherd leads the sheep to good food. He doesn’t drive them there. He doesn’t browbeat them there. He coaxes them forward.
We couldn’t keep our eyes off of them. The Olympics. There is something about the nature of the games that lures us. Maybe it’s learning about the training that each athlete has undergone, or the pressure that waits at the end of every high dive, floor routine, or goal. Whatever it is, to some level, competition is hardwired in us.
Maybe too hardwired. And maybe it has seeped into the church.
I have friends and coworkers who are my age or younger, who have published multiple books. Just today I saw a Facebook friend announce his 2nd or third published work. My social media feeds could double as newsletters for writing friends, several of whom seem to be on the fast track to the bestseller list. It’s quite honestly difficult to name peers who aren’t either publishing now or getting ready to publish. This issue is a tender one for me, one I have to fight insecurity about almost every day.
A favorite from the archives:
Something all Christians should make their aim is memorizing Scripture. Whether it’s important verses, extended passages, or even entire books, there is something powerful about being able to recall glorious truths from God’s Word and preach them to yourself, and share them with others.
So… how do you get started? Here are a few tools I’d recommend.