For All the Saints
The hymn moves hearts to glorify God – and as it does, it greatly encourages us as earthly saints to live well in this world in whatever time God gives.
My heart becomes filled when I reflect upon the lyrics of this hymn! But it should also be remembered that lyrics are meant to be sung to a melody or tune. I don’t mean this as a slight to any of the tunes – past or present – to which For All the Saints have... Continue Reading
The Invention That Changed Everything
We are now approaching six centuries since Gutenberg introduced his moveable type printing press.
Many of us completely take for granted our access to Bibles and good books. The purchase of a physical copy of a Bible or a theologically sound book is just a few clicks away, or at most, a short drive to a bookstore. This is not the case for a majority of the world. Many regions... Continue Reading
How Dangerous was Non-Conformity under Rome?
Rome was not a police state over top a command-and-control economy.
That Rome and its emperor were “problematic” in various ways would have been plain to any Jew or Christian (and not a few pagans) who gave it much thought. On the other hand, the imperial system seems not have served as an especially high-priority ideological or theological target, which is the real rub for many:... Continue Reading
The Creepy and Tawdry History of Barbie
The most revealing part of the Barbie phenomenon back story is that it seems it was a dissatisfied parent and marketer who triggered an unfortunate and significant shift in children’s dreams and even desires.
Ruth stumbled upon a doll in an “adult” store where consumers were known to buy gag novelty gifts for bachelor parties. In fact, the doll was based on a German cartoon character that ran in the comics of a Hamburg newspaper. Drawn by an artist named Reinhard Beuthien, the character was called “Bild Lilli,” and... Continue Reading
High Trust as Force Multiplier
In this environment, those of us who run institutions or government entities need to actively manage for trust (including competence).
Do we, can we, should we trust the government, other institutions, or other citizens? There are multiple dimensions of this: trustworthiness (ethical dealings), competence, delivery of results (a product of trustworthiness and competence applied to a defined mission). If you have this trust, it operates as a force multiplier that makes everything else work better. When... Continue Reading
How to Build a Culture of Integrity
Integrity plays a critical role in the life of a leader and organizational health.
Ministry leaders who model integrity inspire trust in their followers, which creates a more resilient team. Building a strong team takes time, effort and intentionality, but the dividends it pays last a lifetime. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit... Continue Reading
Arkansas Enacts Given Name Act.
Here’s What Parents of Schoolchildren There—and Elsewhere—Need to Know
The more we learn about the dangers of so-called gender treatments, and the more we discover the lengths to which school officials will go to keep secrets from parents, the more urgent it becomes for lawmakers to act quickly to protect students and families. Arkansas lawmakers delivered a clear message to parents of K-12 students this... Continue Reading
9 Children on the Devastating Moment They Learned Their Parents’ Marriage Was Over
Nine children talk about their lives in the moments and years following their parents’ announcement that they were getting divorced.
Many children feel their parent’s divorce is one of the most devastating events in their life, an event that damages their own self-perception and hinders their ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. Last week, The Cut profiled nine women about “the Moment They Knew Their Marriage Was Over,” noting, “as painful as it... Continue Reading
Evangelical Bible College Fires Lecturer over Tweets on Sexuality
Dr. Edwards believes as a result of the sacking and subsequent controversy that he might not be able to work in UK higher education again.
Increasingly, under the banner of “tolerance” and “kindness,” conservative evangelical Christians, especially in the Methodist Church and Church of England (CofE), are unable to hold or express biblical teaching, which does not affirm LGBT ideology, without fear of reprisals. A Christian theology lecturer with five young children has been sacked and threatened with a... Continue Reading
8 Steps to Prepare before Confronting Your Husband’s Use of Pornography
Sexual sin is infectious, leading to other sins like deception.
A trusted friend or counselor can help you sort through your thoughts, come alongside you in prayer, and help you bear this burden. They can help you prioritize your concerns and questions and pray for your husband to respond honestly and humbly. The moment at which you discover your husband’s use of pornography, your... Continue Reading