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I’m not sure if we actually are, but we certainly could! “Christians, we are losing our witness for the sake of winning senseless battles on Twitter.”
We definitely need more nuance in our language when discussing controversial issues. “Followers of Jesus would do well to be charitable in their dealings. It may just be the case that their apparent disagreements are only such to the degree that loaded terminology obfuscates dialogue. This is not to say that there is nothing on which they may disagree, but nuance is a greater companion than fog.”
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“Though many of us lived through the flu pandemics of 1957 and 1968, almost nobody can dredge up personal memories of those times. And that’s interesting.” Interesting, indeed! It leads to this question: “Why were things so different back then?”
This one was fun to read.
Here’s an article that grapples with the use and misuse of conscience. “But there is another way in which conscience is often invoked. You may take a stance on something and yet, it seems, the conscience of other people is mentioned to stop you from speaking. The logic usually goes: (1) this is a conscience issue; (2) Christians legitimately disagree; (3) therefore, you cannot and must not tell another that they are wrong because of conscience.”
In today’s mindset, experts are not those who have successfully raised children to adulthood, but those who have successfully published blogs, books, and podcasts, even if they themselves have not yet successfully raised children to adulthood. Thus a young mom is more likely to seek the counsel of another young mom who has an online following than the counsel of an older mom who does not.
Lord, let me be anything rather than a hypocrite. Two hearts will exclude one from heaven.—Thomas Watson