Here are some of the good reads found this week:
My Reconstructed Faith, HT to Challies. This is encouraging. “What I don’t often hear are stories of those who have reconstructed their faith. Since I couldn’t find many, I thought I would offer my own story of reconstruction after I abandoned Christianity for progressive Christianity.”
Debunk 8 Abortion Myths. “While Christians rejoice to see a step taken toward justice for unborn life, many of our neighbors are experiencing the decision as an existential threat. That angst gets channeled in attacks against religious groups, blaming them for what they understand to be a hypocritical and crippling national tragedy. Why are they so afraid? What can we do to help our friends, family, and coworkers understand why people of faith celebrate what they lament?”
A Declaration of Dependence, HT to Challies. “I am incredibly grateful for and deeply benefit from the Declaration of Independence penned by Thomas Jefferson; however, my soul needs to be stamped with deeper declaration daily: a declaration of dependence.”
Community: A Struggle to Fit In, HT to Challies. “When it comes to community in the church, many people feel like onlookers. For many, deep fellowship seems far off. Some feel excluded because they “do not fit in,” and others are unsure how to engage. In the church of Jesus, this should not be.”
40-Year-Old Moses vs. 80-Year-Old Moses, HT to The Story Warren. “Moses has gone from It makes sense that God would use me to Who am I that God would use me? And in that change, he demonstrates he’s now ready.”
Transformation of a Transgender Teen, HT to Challies. “Eva was in a church luncheon when she got an email from her 12-year-old daughter Grace. (Their names have been changed.) ‘Mom and Dad, I need to tell you I’m not actually a girl,’ she read. ‘My pronouns are they/them.'”
Pilgrimage to Dust, HT to Challies. “As saints united to Christ by faith, we follow after our Savior. Our bodies will continue to weaken in this life as we walk each day closer to death, but our story doesn’t end there either. Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we know we too walk towards something greater.”
In a World of Loud, Be a Whisperer. “There are so many women who seek to gain control over others by being loud. (Often, me included.) By demanding . . . by parading . . . by yelling . . . But the women who have had the most influence in my own life have taken a much softer approach.”
Chapters, Verses, and Their Five Avoidable Challenges. Chapter and verse divisions weren’t in the original manuscripts of the Bible. They were added later and are extremely helpful for finding references. But they can cause some problems, too, if we use them the wrong way.
The Unappreciated Blessing of Busyness. “Is busyness always a bad thing? Like every time? Always? Hmm. I think we can nuance this better. See, there’s a difference between busy and hurry. Busy is when you have a lot on your plate. Hurry is when you have too much on your plate.”
But we also sometimes have to learn How to Graciously Say No. “I’m a people pleaser. So in the moment, it’s easier just to say ‘yes’ when someone asks me to do something. But ‘yes’ is a check future me must cash. And that’s when the problems start…”
Why Would You Steal My Words When I Might Give Them Freely, HT to Linda. On plagiarism, intentional or accidental.
I can’t decide whether this is remarkable or scary. Maybe both. HT to Steve Laube.
Have a good Saturday!
Edited to add: I meant to mention that I’m being interviewed on Kurt and Kate Mornings on Moody Radio Florida on Tuesday, July 12, around 8:10 a.m. EDT or shortly thereafter. They want to talk about my blog post on regret. There’s a link on their page to listen live if you’d like to. Plus I’ll try to have someone record it like we did before. I’d appreciate your prayers!
I had forgotten that you know Margaret Stringer! No, she wasn’t there, sadly. Maybe next year?
Lords of the Earth is an important read. I know personally Phil Master’s wife, daughter and sil, grandchildren. And the Newman boy, as well as various MAF pilots involved. What an amazing story!
Appreciated the transgender article. A while back I was trying to do some research on why there’s been such a spike in youth identifying as trans. My Google search results were 100% links to pro-trans articles no matter how I worded them. How to tell your parents. How to convince your doctor to help you transition, or how to find a different doctor if they won’t. Etc, etc, etc. It’s woven right into the search algorithm somehow.
That’s so odd–and sad and scary. Here are a few more about transgender teens:
Who Will Speak Up for the Transgender Kid?: https://www.dennyburk.com/who-will-speak-up-for-the-transgender-kid/
We Need Balance When It Comes to Gender Dysphoric Kids. I Would Know: https://www.newsweek.com/we-need-balance-when-it-comes-gender-dysphoric-kids-i-would-know-opinion-1567277
The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters: https://www.challies.com/book-reviews/the-transgender-craze-seducing-our-daughters/
This one isn’t about teens but about transgender people who change their kinds (which the movement doesn’t like): The Transgender Matrix: It’s Time to Choose the Red Pill:https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/10/20169/
So many good links here, Barbara. I read the articles about reconstruction and transgender transformation after seeing them in Tim Challies’ newsletter … such powerful stories, both of them. And I think anyone who posts anything on the internet should read the piece about plagiarism!