Talking to our family members happens naturally. Having spiritual content to those conversations doesn’t. God knew this and made it a command in Israel. We can talk about the weather all we want, but bring up something spiritual and you get…crickets. Kingdom culture requires kingdom conversations. Not only is it an opportunity to teach our children, but the conversation itself elevates the culture of the home toward the things of God.
The theology nerd in me loves conversations like this, and I’ve kept track (from a safe distance) of the ongoing debate that raged in the latter half of 2016 over the functional relationship of the members of the Trinity. Mostly it baffles me that we’re even having these conversations when we could just – y’know – believe what has always been believed from the bible. At the same time, I’m reminded of the importance of knowing and contending for the truth. This article prompts me to stay sharp.
I know there’s nothing particularly new in this post. I also acknowledge that I could (and should!) replace the title with “Why Christians Must Pray” without hesitation. Still, this is a great reminder, and each one is worth remembering, Pastor or not.
International Missions Board President David Platt outlines five biblical truths that are undeniably calling us to biblical account (not just America) when it comes to our posture towards those who live this crisis every day. This article might be long, but every single point is well worth reading and meditating on.
Much of our response to the refugee crisis seems to flow from a view of the world that is far more American than biblical, far more concerned with the preservation of our country than the accomplishment of the Great Commission.
This author from the Harvard Business Review writes
Those who study apologizing for a living suggest that an effective apology has three key components: taking responsibility for your role in a situation or event, and expressing regret; asking forgiveness; and promising it won’t happen again (or that you’ll at least try to prevent it in the future).
I recently watched a TED talk from Guy Winch, a Psychologist who also writes for pschologytoday highlight the importance of administering Emotional First Aid. It’s worth 17 minutes of your time.