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Am I Humble Enough to Learn from Millennials?
« Reply #272 on: August 19, 2016, 07:11:57 AM »

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Am I Humble Enough to Learn from Millennials?

Learning from my elders is easy. Learning from those younger than me—not so much.


I was at a garden party last summer with my new baby. A group of twentysomethings smiled at her between bites of flatbread pizza and fruity, boozy popsicles. One of them admitted that the baby was cute, but asked: Doesn’t having a baby cramp your style? I told him I was really glad that someone was cramping my style, that I was starting to be afraid no one would ever cramp my style, that I’ve had so much time with my style! It’s one of the big benefits of being an old new mom.


If turning 30 meant saying goodbye to my young youth, then 40 is saying goodbye to my youth, period. It’s accepting that some of my wildest fantasies involve eight consecutive hours of sleep, or sitting down in a chair with a magazine, or trying out a new kale soup recipe. As I try to figure out this new stage of life, I find myself more and more irritated by the ideas and habits of younger people. But to my surprise, I’m also discovering how much I have to learn from them.


I teach English at a Christian liberal arts college in the Northwest, so I spend most of my time with 18 to 22-year-olds. At the end of every semester, I give a spiel in which I praise students for their hard work and thank them for being my teachers. I almost always mean it. Many of the texts I teach are as familiar to me as the chairs in my house, but my students often see things I haven’t seen before, and I’m grateful for their insights.


Outside of the classroom, however, I have a harder time listening with both ears to young people. I like millennials. I’m friends with them. I’m related to them. But sometimes I have to roll my eyes at them. I sit close enough to them in coffee shops to hear them listing all of the adulting they ...

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #273 on: August 19, 2016, 08:08:45 AM »
Isn't really wise enough to recognise wisedom in others and then humble enough to act on it.

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Our Bodies Are Imperfect Temples
« Reply #274 on: August 20, 2016, 07:02:05 AM »
Our Bodies Are Imperfect Temples

God dwells in us whether we’re Olympian-level muscular or morbidly obese.


Like many of us tuning into the Olympics, I love stories of inspirational feats. I enjoy montages of athletes who devoted their lives to perfecting that one sport, often at great cost to other areas of their life. We marvel at how strong these top competitors can be when they push their bodies to extremes.


But we quickly notice a pattern in their stories: Nearly every star athlete has suffered a serious injury as a result of their intense training, and some put themselves at risk for long-term health issues. Along with details like childhood enthusiasm and dedicated parents, Olympians’ backstories are dotted with words like “dislocated shoulder,” “torn ACL,” “concussion,” and “broken bones.”


They know the risk of injury, but the risk is worth it for the chance to achieve their dreams. Same goes for other individuals who take on extreme feats: those who surf the biggest waves, climb the tallest mountains, hike the longest trails, and freefall from the skies.


While life would be far safer without the risk of succumbing to overtraining, extreme elements, or freak accidents, we can understand their justification to an extent. We all want to live fully by doing what makes us feel alive. With wisdom, there is nothing wrong with this mentality. In fact, we can all probably imagine the opportunities lost out of fear. Our desire to follow our dreams makes us human and reflects the image of our vibrant and creative God.


However, the conversations about accepting possible risks in pursuit of the good life—the exciting, happy, life-we’ve-always-dreamed-of life—changes when we start talking about fat bodies. It seems the only expected priority for a fat person will always ...

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Three Reminders As We Dialogue For The Common Good
« Reply #275 on: August 21, 2016, 07:05:39 AM »
Three Reminders As We Dialogue For The Common Good

Three simple and biblical ways to wisely engage with our neighbors and our culture, regardless of how difficult an issue is.


I follow politics and public discourse. I think it’s important to stay in the loop on what is happening in the world and in American life. More than that, however, I think it’s important to engage in these things. But it’s an understatement to say that much of what happens in public discourse isn’t pretty. That’s including Christians, unfortunately.


The last several presidential elections have revealed the division in our culture. The amount of true discussion and debate over the issues of greatest importance has taken a back seat to well-crafted one-liners delivered at just the right time for maximum rhetorical impact. A lot of time is spent talking past each other and not listening to each other.


This goes beyond politics. There’s increasing entrenchment in our views and a vilification of people with other views. When that’s the case, you’re not going to work together. How do we dialogue for the common good and with the goal of solutions? I don’t hear a lot of people talking about that.


Evangelicals have a lot of problems with where culture is going, and rightly so. But we aren’t getting far with the culture in our discourse with them. Why? I think the answer is engagement. In my book, Subversive Kingdom, I argue that we shouldn’t be about control. Rather, we should be seeking to live as agents of the kingdom who are showing and sharing the love of Jesus to a world that’s hurting. How do we get to that place of engagement?


Let me list three simple and biblical ways to wisely engage with our neighbors and our culture, regardless of how difficult an issue is.



     
  1. Love your neighbor as yourself.


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Ben-Hur
« Reply #276 on: August 22, 2016, 07:07:56 AM »
Ben-Hur

A new twist on the tale of the Christ.


Why would anyone feel the need to make another Ben-Hur?


It's not strictly accurate to frame this film as a remake of William Wyler's 1959 classic, since that film was itself an adaptation of the 1925 silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, and that film was based on Lew Wallace's 1880 novel, sometimes called the “most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century.” There's also the miniseries from 2010. And the animated film from 2003. (I'm probably missing some others.) But Wyler's film is the best-known version, and this new version could never hope to escape its orbit.


Then again, since the dawn of cinema, people have been making new movies about the life of Christ—including Son of God, the 2014 box-office success executive produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who serve the same role in the latest Ben-Hur. Burnett and Downey's involvement in a project usually means it's destined for the faith-based marketing niche, and certainly this Ben-Hur is settled firmly in that slot.


But just because it's done all the time doesn't mean it's okay—especially when a very memorable version of the story is still broadly watched and praised by audiences. If you're going to make a new version, you should have a good reason. (Or at least a reason.)


So last weekend, I fired up all 224 minutes of the 1959 Ben-Hur and watched a very non-Jewish-looking Charlton Heston journey, as Judah Ben-Hur, toward forgiveness and faith. Despite every story beat feeling almost too familiar by now, after years of running on TV at the holidays, the film holds up: it's a a stirring, operatic tale, and it's deeply watchable today, once you calibrate your expectations regarding ...

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Better Than Olive Garden
« Reply #277 on: August 23, 2016, 07:11:18 AM »
Better Than Olive Garden

When you’re here, you’re family—really.


Every time I see a billboard or commercial for Olive Garden, its former slogan runs through my mind: “When you’re here, you’re family!” It makes me chuckle; of course, I’ve never felt part of a big Italian family while eating my unlimited salad and breadsticks at the casual dining establishment.


Silly though it is, the slogan speaks to our desire to belong to other people in such a way that brother and sister trip off the tongue. So individualistic is American culture that we think we have a better chance finding this at a restaurant chain than in our own neighborhoods. In this regard, many Hispanic and black communities are a model of true belonging in a fragmented world.


They also reflect the nature of the early church, where Christians “had everything in common” and met together daily in the temple courts (Acts 2). Here is how third-century bishop Cyprian described their life together: “Our prayer is public and common, and when, we pray, we pray not for one but for the whole people, because we, the whole people, are one.”


Cyprian understood that individual is not really a Christian word (although person is). God intended the church to operate in such a way that, if one suffers, all do, and when one rejoices, all do too.


This issue of CT features many churches that can say, “When you’re here, you’re family!”—and mean it. Our cover story (p. 38) details the challenges prisoners face when their jail sentence ends. While traditional ministries have focused on prisoners behind bars, some new ones are stepping up to help them post-prison. Don’t miss our president Harold B. Smith’s essay on befriending ex-convicts, and staying friends ...

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How I Found Healing for My Spiritual Blindness
« Reply #278 on: August 24, 2016, 07:00:50 AM »
How I Found Healing for My Spiritual Blindness

Discovering hope and healing for fallible followers through Jesus’ faithfulness in the Gospel of Mark.


When I began exploring the Christian faith I’d inherited from my parents, I felt as though I’d rediscovered an antique toy in a corner of the attic. How have I never seen this before? I thought, amazed that I’d grown up with this treasure and was only just now experiencing its allure. Bible reading, prayer, and church suddenly seemed compelling. Listening to sermons and going to Sunday school no longer seemed like eavesdropping on boring grown-up conversation but more like talking shop with peers about a hobby. Above all, I was hungry for instruction—for guidance in how to go about deepening and enriching my faith. I wanted to grow, to change: shopworn and misused, these words nonetheless really described me.


It didn’t take long to find resources that promised the change I wanted. I read books and attended seminars that promised things like “seven steps to freedom”: freedom from lust, anger, worry, and resentment. I followed these steps. I tried to confess all known failures and surrender self-will, hoping that my devotion might catapult me to some higher plane of spiritual existence, like a gamer seeking to conquer lower levels to unlock the higher ones. I memorized Romans 6, flush with excitement that what Paul described there—the condition of being “dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (v. 11)—could be experienced. That’s what I wanted: to know and feel myself to be as unresponsive to temptation as a corpse is to the prick of a needle.


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Urban Churches Face Black Flight
« Reply #279 on: August 25, 2016, 07:06:00 AM »
Urban Churches Face Black Flight

African American congregations try two new options to stay in DC: white neighbors and developers.


Elegant and enormous, Douglas Memorial United Methodist Church dominates fashionable H Street in Washington, DC. The building appears busy: Families come and go for preschool, and two services are held on Sundays.


But the banner out front hints at a complicated truth: “Two Churches, One Mission.” The Romanesque-style church, home to a robust black congregation for more than half a century, has faced steep membership declines in recent years.


In an effort to survive, the church has joined forces with a new one composed largely of young white residents—which already outstrips their group in size.


The changes at Douglas Memorial echo those happening all over the capital, and in many pockets of the country. Cities are transforming as young, educated whites flock to urban areas, including low-income neighborhoods.


At the same time, in a trend some are calling “black flight,” African Americans are leaving cities in record numbers. Middle-class black families are cashing in on skyrocketing property values; others are renters forced to seek lower housing prices outside city limits.


According to a 2015 analysis by Governing magazine, over half of DC’s eligible census tracts have gentrified since 2000. Over the same period, the city’s black population dropped from 60 percent to less than 50 percent, while its white population rose from 30 percent to more than 40 percent.


In some cases, blacks leaving for the suburbs will drive back to the city for church on Sundays. Parking spaces are increasingly scarce, leading to a recent clash between the churches and their new neighbors. When the city proposed a bike lane that would’ve reduced parking near several large black churches, supporters on either ...

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