Paul does not tell Titus what sound doctrine is, at least not at first. He begins by telling him what it will look like if people believe it. Continue reading teach faithful men
The media is not an evil thing. It’s merely a channel of persuasive messages, some of which are good and some of which are bad. But your heart? Well, that is an evil thing. Continue reading Retrospective: 2004
People who talk about intentional community are often talking about starting over and starting outside churches where people are already responding corporately to unexpected blessings and unplanned grief.
Continue reading (un)intentional community?
The transformation into one flesh requires more listening, more sharing and more praying. And more sacrifice. Becoming one is the work of a lifetime. Nothing easy about it. Or simple. Continue reading the math about marriage
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4.
In a recent post, it’s a jungle out there, I discussed the daunting challenges confronting college graduates today. It’s not just that the job market is slow. In some ways graduates lack the emotional and psychological resources to cope with the sea of economic circumstances crashing on the beaches of their hearts.
Andy, a former student, responded that what my essay lacked was hope. He loved it, he said, despite what he called the “post-apocalyptic” mindset it engendered. But he believes an idealistic “blind faith” is necessary to move on and through these challenges. And I agree, up to a point.
Certainly my depiction was dark, and intended to be that way. But I did joke that sooner or later all of them will own an iPad. A culturally embedded resilience will help them overcome these challenges by “developing new industries and discovering fresh routes to affluence,” although I’m not sure they will or should define affluence in the same way.
An occasional commentary. I wouldn’t be making any doctrine out of this stuff if I were you.
Genesis 11: 4. Let us make a name for ourselves.
That’s pretty much the whole problem, isn’t it. We’re all so full of ourselves, babel-ing away about our self-sufficiency. So they built a city “lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” But God already told them to “fill the earth.” Pride is the root of disobedience. Continue reading “the Genesis file, part 2. Men that believe”