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[Cfamily]May You Not Be Weird and 30 Other Prayers for My Future Husband
« Reply #328 on: October 11, 2016, 07:12:16 AM »

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May You Not Be Weird and 30 Other Prayers for My Future Husband

All the single Christians said, "Amen."


1. May you exist.

2. May you show up before age 38.

3. May you not be weird.

4. Scratch #3: You can be as weird as me.

5. (Actually, please don't let your weirdness overshadow mine.)

6. May God instill in you a love of cats.

7. Please don't own a turtle.

8. Please have a ROTH IRA or some sort of mutual fund setup.

9. May you be blessed, but not in a prosperity gospel-ish sort of way.

10. Please know another language.

11. Please let that language not be Klingon.

12. May you have a good relationship with your parents.

13. May you not expect me to be your mom.

14. May you learn how to do the dishes, clean a toilet, and do laundry.

15. I just realized #14 was a bit sexist. Sorry.

16. May you be inspired to woo and pursue me.

17. Please don't take me to dates at Dave and Buster's.

18. I'd actually be totally cool with Medieval Times though.

18. May you have a rich prayer life and keep daily quiet times.

19. May you have the grace to let me sleep in.

20. May you love children and all vulnerable creatures.

21. May the Lord instill in you a deep love for the movie Bridesmaids.

22. May the Lord instill in you the wherewithal to clip your toenails over a trashcan.

23. May you have a continual hunger for justice and righteousness.

24. May you have a continual hunger for chicken quesadillas.

25. May you give of your time and riches generously.

26. Again, not in a prosperity gospel-ish way where you think that by giving generously you'll get a cool car or the iPhone 7. Just give for the sake of giving!

27. May you steward your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit.

28. If #27 results in muscles, I guess I'd be cool with that!

29. May you be patient with my incessant need to win people over with humor and ...

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[Cfamily]News: InterVarsity Asks Staff to Choose a Stance on Sexuality
« Reply #329 on: October 12, 2016, 07:01:54 AM »
News: InterVarsity Asks Staff to Choose a Stance on Sexuality

Campus ministry's push for theological consistency prompts painful backlash.

It’s up to staff members on 667 college campuses to decide whether they share InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s theological beliefs on sexuality, following an 18-month study on LGBT ministry that concludes next month.

There will be no morality clause to sign, no list of things they can and cannot do or say, and no statement to verbally affirm, according to Greg Jao, vice president and director of campus engagement for the evangelical student ministry.

Instead, if any of InterVarsity’s 1,300 staff members oppose the theological positions detailed in a 20-page document—including prohibitions against same-sex relationships, sex before marriage, divorce, masturbation, and the biblical underpinnings for each—released in early 2015, they are expected to disclose their conflict and leave.

“We’re trusting their integrity that they’ll resign rather than continue to work with an organization that disagrees with them,” said Jao. “We framed it as an involuntary termination, even though staff are self-disclosing. We are trying to acknowledge that they would not have chosen this except for the fact we have clarified and reiterated our position.”

The policy was reported by Time magazine yesterday, bringing a barrage of public commentary and questions to a sensitive issue that staff members have been weighing for months. Jao says he knows fewer than 10 people who have resigned since this summer; one former staff member estimated it was at least 20.

As Christians on both sides react to the news, some say that InterVarsity’s scenario will only become more common for evangelicals and their organizations: Those who have kept their convictions over marriage and sexuality to ...

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[Cfamily]Sunday Journeys - One Month at Moody Church
« Reply #330 on: October 13, 2016, 07:03:55 AM »
Sunday Journeys - One Month at Moody Church

I love the diversity of cultures, ages, and worship styles.

I was not at Moody Church today, but ended up at another Chicagoland church due to an odd twist of circumstances.

I was planning to be in Miami this weekend, preaching at Christ Fellowship, while Knute Larson preached at Moody Church. However, the storm bumped me out of Miami on Thursday— but James MacDonald was recovering from knee surgery and he asked me to fill in at Harvest Bible Chapel.

So… I was gone from Moody Church, but was thinking about the church, and decided to share an update of what I’ve learned so far.

Here are some quick observations thus far.

First, I love the diversity and the forward movement.

For example, we just had a group of new members join the church. As they did, they mentioned their country (or location) of origin. New members were from everywhere! And, it’s pretty amazing to see this many new members, particuarly during an interim time.

Moody Church has people from 70 nations, which is quite remarkable. And, Moody Church is moving forward—it’s not on pause, it is on mission.

Second, and related to the above picture, they take membership seriously. Notice the membership covenant, both in hands and on the screen. They read it aloud—the whole congregation—when new members are welcome.

This is so essential— I love it when churches take membership seriously.

Third, the age diversity is refreshing. There is both stroller parking (see pic) AND senior adults. It’s great to see both in one place.

Fourth, the music diversity matches the ethnic and age diversity.

It’s a blended church, more than a traditional church, I’d say. There are choruses led from the guitar, but also an orchestra (at times).

This past Sunday, we had a guitar, an orchestra, ...

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[Cfamily]Why Trump Tape Caused Only One Evangelical Leader to Abandon Him
« Reply #331 on: October 14, 2016, 07:01:47 AM »
Why Trump Tape Caused Only One Evangelical Leader to Abandon Him

(UPDATED) James MacDonald denounces Trump’s ‘misogynistic trash.’

[Updated with James MacDonald reaction]

Two days after The Washington Post released a video of Donald Trump candidly bragging about his aggressive groping and kissing of women, there has been little public movement among his leading evangelical supporters and detractors.

While Republicans in Congress—most notably John McCain—scrambled to distance themselves from Trump this weekend, many of his evangelical backers dug in. Conversely, many of his evangelical opponents amped up their criticism of both Trump and their Christian counterparts.

The bigger question: How will the Trump tape affect the plurality of evangelical pastors (44%) who remain undecided on Trump vs. Clinton? Those undecided pastors told LifeWay Research last month that the top characteristic for getting their vote in 2016 is personal character (36%), while likely Supreme Court nominees (14%) ranked second by a more than 2 to 1 margin.

One of the most notable reactions to Trump’s lewd comments came from Harvest Bible Chapel pastor James MacDonald, a member of Trump’s evangelical advisory council [membership does not equal endorsement]. Over the weekend, MacDonald denounced Trump’s “misogynistic trash that reveals a man to be lecherous and worthless,” according to email excerpts published with MacDonald’s permission by CT blogger Ed Stetzer.

“I cannot and will not offer help to a man who believes this kind of talk a minor error,” wrote MacDonald. He later noted, “No more defending Mr. Trump as simply foolish or loose lipped.” (The Exchange blog offers more details as well as Stetzer’s reaction.)

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Evangelical Views of the 2016 Election: Follow Up w/ Deborah Fikes on Why She Supports Clinton Despite Clinton's Views on Abortion, Marriage, & Rel Liberty

Clinton supporter answers common Evangelical objections

Hillary Clinton has been an aggressive pro-choice advocate and her views on abortion are far from what evangelicals believe. Why should pro-life evangelicals vote for someone with whom they disagree so deeply?

For me, the reality of what happens to an unborn child in an abortion procedure is disturbing beyond words. Not only is it horrendous from a physiological standpoint but also from a spiritual standpoint I believe that this is taking a life that is created in the image of God and denies the God-given rights of that preborn-life. As a mother, it is difficult for me to think about this from the unborn baby’s perspective but I have even more compassion when I think about the women who have abortions. Maybe this is because I envision the unborn babies being welcomed into the arms of Jesus but when I think about the mother, I think of the burden she may carry for the rest of her life.I can say with sincerity that I do not want any woman to have an abortion but in the fallen world we live in, abortions will always be a reality that laws being passed will not end. In countries where abortion is illegal, abortion rates are still very high and maternal deaths go up dramatically.Legal or otherwise, women still choose to have abortions and I believe the word choice is synonymous with freewill which God gives each individual who then makes their own decisions, even disturbing grievous choices which I would consider abortion to be.Critics would say that this makes me “pro-choice.” My response would be that I do not think it is our government that ultimately has the authority to give women the freedom to choose but instead, making such a decision is part of the freewill that God in His wisdom gives us as individuals. ...

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[Cfamily]Our Need for Friendly Giants
« Reply #333 on: October 16, 2016, 07:02:09 AM »
Our Need for Friendly Giants

How 'The BFG' rekindles our dream of the divine.

On Paul Simon’s new album Stranger to Stranger, he sings:

I trade my tears

To ask the Lord

For proof of love

If only for the explanation

That tells me what my dreams are made of…

This reminds me of what C. S. Lewis said: “If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

Both of these speak to my suspicion that dreams and desires are meaningful, that they point like a compass needle toward truth. And both came to mind as I watched Steven Spielberg’s delightful new fantasy for families: The BFG.

Coming to home video in December (it’s still playing in some theaters), The BFG turns a beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl into a movie that makes whole families marvel, laugh out loud, and cheer. We follow Sophie, an insomniac orphan who, stolen from her bed by a wandering giant, awakens to a new world of wonders and dangers. There’s a moment that moves me when Sophie wakes to discover that the giant has returned her to the orphanage. She stands up, outraged, and shouts, “Why did you give me a dream? Why did you give me a dream?

Indeed. Why are we given dreams of a benevolent presence in the cosmos? Why do these longings persist when so much of worldly “evidence” suggests there is no such thing?

It’s a recurring theme around the world, from fairy tales to movies. Kind-hearted guardians reveal themselves to wide-eyed human beings—children, in particular—in order to watch over them and bless them. We love the fantasy of Saint Nick up North, of the plush and pillowy Totoro, of conscientious robot protectors like the Iron Giant and Baymax of Big Hero ...

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Race in America: Corporate Repentance, and the Cross We Collectively Must Bear

National Evangelist for InterVarsity USA

Things have never been better and things have never been worse. The long string of Black men killed in the streets by police has sparked a new era of disgust, confusion, and fear.

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Tony Robinson, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, and now Terence Crutcher—all Black men killed in altercations with police, all names that help fuel our national debate of ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ‘All Lives Matter,’ and ‘Blue Lives Matter.’

Nothing has changed—that is, except body and dash cams, mobile live streaming, and YouTube. Likely, there has been no increase in racialized violence or abuses on the part of law enforcement. It’s just that now we can see it in 1080p as it happens.

Before now, we in the Black community would consider such events the unfortunate normal.

We live in a different world now, but it is unfortunately the same world when it comes to race. Our new world is merely showing us what we’d like to forget and presents a unique problem for Christians.

As a Black evangelical, my heart breaks twice—once for my people who feel invisible, worthless, and disposable. As a Christian leader, my heart breaks a second time over godlessness of so-called Christians in chat rooms, social media threads, and news forums who display much ignorance and un-biblical thinking around our racialized country.

Our race problem in America has nothing to do with gun violence, second amendment rights, socio-economic disparities, militarized police departments, or the decline in general civility. These are merely convenient scapegoats in our fear-filled and confused world that is looking for simple answers to complex problems.

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[Cfamily]How I Stopped Seeing Privilege in Black and White
« Reply #335 on: October 18, 2016, 07:02:13 AM »
How I Stopped Seeing Privilege in Black and White

What God taught this second-generation, child of immigrants about the nuance of status.

When I moved to Kenya earlier this year, I became white, powerful, and unfathomably wealthy.

My little family of three lives in a five-bedroom home, and we employ a fulltime house helper and driver—all for less than we paid in rent in Silicon Valley. We have every comfort we could possibly want in a country in which 77 percent of the population doesn’t have access to electricity and 37 percent don’t have safe drinking water.

As an Asian American who grew up in an immigrant, lower-middle-class family, this is the most privileged I have ever been. The everyday struggles of the majority of Kenyans—against unemployment, poverty, corruption, extrajudicial police killings, and more—are not struggles that I will likely have to face here. In this warm and polite culture, I am treated with extra respect because of the lightness of my skin and the depth of my wallet.

It feels strange. Despite my discomfort with the idea, I cannot deny the abundance of my resources compared to those around me. When our helper tells me about her longstanding toothache, or when she muses how nice it would be to own a refrigerator, or when I realize my family’s meal costs as much as her rent, my first response is a messy mix of compassion and guilt—followed by overwhelming anxiety about whether I should do something to help.

For several years after college, I worked in the nonprofit sector with other young, idealistic professionals who were passionate about social justice. My colleagues and I used the word privilege almost like an insult. We saw ourselves—people of color who had experienced financial struggle and systemic prejudice—as individuals free of the taint of privilege. We believed that other people, ...

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