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Thoughts on Poverty

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The United States is experiencing an unusual time of turmoil. Our young people will be influenced to think emotionally like the world or to think more Scripturally. This is my attempt to think biblically about poverty. Let me be clear that this is NOT an area of expertise. But it is an area where voices are influencing our children. We want to think as clearly as we can. Christians may disagree with applications but the following biblical principles are meant to guide our thinking. As with everything, I do my best to think through things from a biblical framework. I…

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An Apologetic for the Christian Mess: 12 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Teen

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In my teen years, as I was becoming more aware of the wider world, I began to understand that the Christian world is a lot messier than I realized. Rather than contradicting what Jesus taught, this mess actually fulfills it. But no one ever told me that.  Here are a few things I wish someone had told me about the Christian mess. Perhaps this list can help you or in your discipleship of your teen. 1. True Christians will always be a minority. Jesus said, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life and those who find…

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Around the Web

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Kids Opting Out of Social Media – I’m sure you know of this trend but it still interesting to see an article on it. Our children are narrowcasting not broadcasting. Make sure you are talking with them. With Him – Jesus’ Discipleship Method.  This has huge implications for parents. Are you “with him?” Are you bringing your children “with you?” Ask Questions Like Jesus – One author says that Jesus was asked 183 questions but asked 307. Questions are powerful teaching tools. This article looks at different types of questions and will help you in your communication. 10 Questions to Diagnose Your…

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How TV Affects Our Family and World

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Here is research proof  to what we already know. As TV spreads, it changes culture. This article points out how the spread of TV  has reduced Brazil’s birthrate and influenced social mores in India gradually. The article goes on to point out how TV has changed our culture’s acceptance of homosexuality. Some applications as I see it. 1. We are imitators. We can’t help it. The question is what will we imitate. We will imitate those we admire. If I am saturating myself with TV characters then I will want to emulate them. If I put myself around those who…

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Yolanda Weinberger: A Christian Woman Thinks about Race and Racism

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I am honored to have an articulate and wise board of The Apollos Project. In this interview, I talk with Yolanda Weinberger about her thoughts on race and racism. 00:01 – Meet Yolanda! 04:51 – A few stories of of racism 08:34 – How Yolanda thinks about racism 13:45 – Advice for “guilty feeling” whites 17:24 – Advice for Americans of African descent 22:38 – How Yolanda has tried to disciple her children thinking about race 25:17 – Thoughts on Ferguson and Baltimore 31:40 – Applying the gospel to this issue 34:09 – Ways to stay connected with Yolanda.

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Deciphering The Worldview of a Movie

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Art has a way of affecting our emotions. If the story it tells is true, then that art is powerfully helpful. If that story is false, then it can deceive us. One helpful thing we can do is actually decipher the message of a movie. And all movies do have a message. The following are some questions that have been in my notes. I am sure they are not original with me. Consider printing this list down and asking a few of these questions of the next movie you see. What does this teach about God? How does that compare the…

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Dating Advice for Young Men

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CBMW has my latest article up here. I wrote it to encourage young men to take manful initiative and care in a dateless world. Have Manful Motivation 1. Treat her as a sister with absolute purity. 2. Treat her as a sister with selfless love. Take Manful Action 1. Spend some time in groups with guys and girls. 2. Have some modesty toward her. 3. Date with Jesus, not Cupid in mind. 4. Make a formal, in-person invitation. 5. Be ready for rejection. Y 6. Go somewhere. 7. Minister to her by asking her questions about herself. 8. Thank her…

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Adrian Peterson and The False Connection With Spanking

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John Nolte pens an article I Once Asked My Parents for a Spanking He rightly notes that liberals will try and falsely connect Adrian Peterson with spanking. He quite succinctly tears that connection apart. This is not a defense of Adrian Peterson. What I see the media and left once again doing, though, is dishonestly conflating Peterson’s whipping of his son to a run-of-the-mill spanking. Leftists are desperate to use any opportunity to come between parent and child — to exert their grotesque influence into that relationship. Naturally, they are using the Peterson example to blur the line between spankings…

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Level-Headed Posts on Gordon College and the New McCarthyism

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  After my screed last week, calmer and more knowledgeable voices have spoken to this issue. It is an issue that should concern every Christian. Our country was founded on separation of powers and religious liberty. Those two principles are under assault. My own state, Rhode Island, allowed many religions (Baptists, Jews, Quakers) to practice their religion freely in the early days of our country. That pluralism is under assault. Here are a few of the calmer and scarier articles: Learn the facts – Gordon College provides a facts page. Mind the Gap  – I dont like the title but…

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