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Four Things Youth Workers Would Tell Parents About Teenagers, Social Media, and Technology

Parents, take note. “In support of the parent’s role as a defender of his or her kids, I wanted to offer this very hard, very blunt article about obvious technological realities that nearly every youth worker would affirm but that most parents are unaware of.”

Are You Improving? Thoughts on Getting Better, Particularly at Preaching

“Since I’m a pastor who preaches almost weekly, I’ve given a good bit of thought to improving when it comes to my craft (and I have a long way to go!). Yet, I’m not sure how many pastors actually take time to think about being better at this part of their vocation.”

How To Spot a Pyramid Scheme (Video)

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How the Gospel Speaks to Gender Roles in Uganda

This article from TGC Africa is an interesting look at how the Bible informs gender roles in every culture.

Please Don’t Make Me Be Body-Positive

Anne Kennedy: “Really, why do we have to feel positive about everything? The very idea of sacrifice indicates pain. If you have stretch marks it is probably because something very painful happened to you, like bringing another person into the world. You might have been happy about that, but, as it was going on, probably not so happy.”

Hope in the Midst of Grief

“When Mom first passed away, I thought we would grieve for a while, and then move on. In fact, I was somewhat relieved when the first anniversary of her death came. It marked our endurance through our year of ‘firsts’ without her. Life has indeed moved on. God has richly blessed us with a new ‘normal’, but the grief has not faded. No, I am learning grief is a journey, and once we experience it, it will always be a part of our lives.”

Is the Nicene Faith the Basis for Ecumenism?

Leonardo de Chirico answers the question. “Referring to Nicaea as the common basis of ecumenism is wishful thinking rather than theologically responsible hope. In light of these three reasons, among Christian confessions and traditions there is a deeper disagreement, despite some areas of apparent and formal agreement. The way of unity always passes by the biblical truth that the Council of Nicaea tried to honor, even in the complexities of history. In itself, Nicaea is necessary. But it is not sufficient to express the biblical unity for which the Lord Jesus prayed and gave His life in order to achieve.”

Flashback: If I Wrote the Bible…

What if I had written my own bible? How would it be different? How would a simple, sinful person like myself approach the task of writing a standard of faith and practice that was meant to transcend all times, contexts and cultures?

Learn much of your own heart; and when you have learned all you can, remember you have seen but a few yards into a pit that is unfathomable.

—Robert Murray McCheyne

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  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…