Engaging with Other Voices — United? We Pray
Often the first one speaking into something comes with a lot of conviction. They come with a lot of Bible. They come with a lot of authority. But then someone else comes along. This person also brings their Bible. This person is more nuanced. This person has firsthand knowledge of the situation. This person might even be an expert in her field.
Jesus’s and the apostles’ new regulations for fleshing out love for God and neighbor day by day—though fairly familiar to avid Bible readers—receive short shrift in all too many congregations. One reason for this, perhaps, is because the commands stress sacrificial work on behalf of those in need—whether or not we’re personally connected to them.
Blessed walks through Revelation verse by verse, skipping a few short passages, with the goal to “cut through the confusion and help you to see the beauty, the hope and help, that is uniquely presented in this book” (23). Each chapter’s commentary concludes with practical answers to the question of what it means to “hear” and “keep” what’s written in the passages and so experience the promised blessing.
I’ve learned a lot in the last few years, and it’s transformed the way I do ministry. I’d like to share with you what my entrance into the world of neurodiversity has taught me about discipleship.
My wife has developed the habit of saying “Where am I doing that?” when she sees someone doing something wrong. It’s an excellent biblical habit to have. If we all did more of that, we would have a lot fewer bad marriages.
Learning Hebrew and Greek seems like a task for those who are more “academically minded.” The average church member doesn’t see the return on investment. There are at least three reasons for this mentality, but I believe each can be overcome.
Our theological convictions about the dignity of all people made in God’s image, our understanding of the Bible’s standards for Christian character, and its demands for how we care for the vulnerable must lead to changes in the way we view abuse prevention and child protection.
Before God we are all culpable for our unrighteousness and capable of injustice. And while our unrighteousness alone makes us deserving of eternal damnation, God seems to have a unique fierceness against injustice.
Web dev as a field doesn’t have a common research methodology or standard tactics for keeping up with change. That’s why we’re all overwhelmed. Not because it’s uniquely fast-paced but because it’s unique in how it doesn’t invest in people, training or methodology.
Christians should be the first to decry the racism and xenophobia of the theory, along with condemning the violence it has perpetuated.
These arguments are powerful, and to take them seriously is to be overwhelmed by the responsibility we each have to respond to the claims appropriately and justly. It is a studied sobriety that is anathema in our politics, where the weight of decisions is so often evaded, and responsibility for one’s choices and positions is redirected.
While I do not believe our politics right now is likely to accommodate pivoting from this moment to one focused on the well-being of women, children and families, I do think this could be the aim of Christians. Our politics is likely to devolve deeper and deeper into zero-sum reactions, but Christians should seek to address persons and their needs. The Child Tax Credit expansion should be brought back. Pregnancy discrimination combated with ferocity. Maternal health and child nutrition support expanded. Adoption strengthened and supports for birth mothers established.
“Doesn’t the church also need mothers, mature women with a godly perspective?”
It does, and I believe wise elders recognize this.
Children who receive ongoing age-appropriate information about sex are less likely to be molested. Girls are less likely to be raped or coerced into sex by a partner as they grow up. Teens who get proper information start having sex later and if they do have sex, they are less likely to experience pregnancy or disease. And when they grow up and get married, those with good sex education have fewer sexual problems and better sex lives. So as I see it, good sex education is one of the more important things we do as parents.
Being human can be a heavy burden for any of us to carry alone, but it’s easy for our personal conversations with God to center on what feels urgent to us. Daily, I feel my prayers drift back to myself. However, remembering each other as we talk with God not only helps us “keep our arrows outward” (as my mama used to say), but also eases the load as we learn to walk better beside each other.
As it turns out, there are bad and good things about virtue signalling – but probably not for the reasons you think.
In many churches, it seems, it’s OK to be a jerk if you’re a jerk to the right people. Personal unkindness toward political or theological opponents can be seen as bravery or championing orthodoxy.
The shame that you are responsible for your child’s choices is a lie from hell and could drown you. To the spirit of shame that falsely tells you that you are responsible, we announce:
“There is therefore now no condemnation for us who are in Christ Jesus…
Who holds the power of discipline in an independent, elder-ruled church like Mars Hill? The elders. They are the highest authority. Indeed, they are the only authority.
Not so in congregational, presbyterian, or episcopalian-structured churches
When we confront difficult texts, therefore, we must be careful not to cross-examine the witness of God. We are ultimately the ones in need of scrutiny, not the other way around.
People often assume kids who join your family through adoption should adjust to you—your family, your family culture, your rules, etc. But when you have a biological child, when you bring that baby into your home, you as the parents do all the adjusting around what your child needs.
This is no different. When you adopt an older child from foster care, you should expect that you will change. Your family will change. Your life will change.
When kids are nurtured from birth into thinking “it’s all about you,” “follow your heart,” and “you do you,” it should come as no surprise that we now have a generation of young people who are increasingly de-coupled from and ignorant of authoritative truth-claims about God and the universe in general and orthodox Christianity in particular.
So the question isn’t just how much education, but what kind. Is it quaint, or utopian, to talk about teaching our children to be capable of governing themselves? Possibly, but I doubt it’s ever been more necessary.
Rightly construed, there is no such thing as one’s “private political views”: politics is inherently social, always contextual; never individual and never ultimate. Our political views are our views about what is appropriate and best for our politics as it is. Government does not act in the abstract, but in particular circumstances, with and on particular people.
Most legacy systems have 'bloated' over time, with many features unused by users (50% according to a 2014 Standish Group report) as new features have been added without the old ones being removed. Workarounds for past bugs and limitations have become 'must have' requirements for current business processes, with the way users work defined as much by the limitations of legacy as anything else. Rebuilding these features is not only waste it also represents a missed opportunity to build what is actually needed today. These systems were often defined 10 or 20 years ago within the constraints of previous generations of technology, it very rarely makes sense to replicate them 'as is'.
In the immortal words of Rita Mae Brown: “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”
No matter how often training is scheduled or how well lessons are delivered, if an officer does not embrace the importance of training and take responsibility for their own learning, it will not lead to the development of a high level of confidence or competence. The attitude of opting out of things we aren’t good at deflates the argument that policing is a profession. Professionals work hard to become proficient at the skills they need to do the job they have chosen.
Is the Bible just a random, albeit interesting, product of history? It does seem disjointed or even contradictory at times (e.g. Prov. 26:4-5). And if it took thousands of years to write and had many authors and editors, how could it be anything but random?
“ ‘Mother Earth never attempts to farm without livestock; she always raises mixed crops; great pains are taken to preserve the soil and to prevent erosion; the mixed vegetable and animal wastes are converted into humus; there is no waste.’ ” Berry closed the book. “That’s it,” he said. “That’s the pinch of the hourglass.”
CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing) is hard. It's hard because it's part of how browsers fetch stuff, and that's a set of behaviours that started with the very first web browser over thirty years ago. Since then, it's been a constant source of development; adding features, improving defaults, and papering over past mistakes without breaking too much of the web.
This is a terrific and nuanced talk that packs a lot into less than twenty minutes.
I heartily concur with Rich’s assessment that most websites aren’t apps or documents but something in between. It’s a continuum. And I really like Rich’s proposed approach: transitional web apps.
(The secret sauce in transitional web apps is progressive enhancement.)
Many who support such procedures are likely unaware that studies have shown that 60–80 percent of adolescents who suffer from gender dysphoria (i.e., a strong desire to be of another gender) do not identify as transgender when they reach adulthood. If more than 60 percent are likely to change their mind, why allow them to make unalterable changes to their body before the age of 18?
I can’t remember the last time I was on a Zoom call in which participants were not regularly cutting their video and audio, or just their audio, to talk to people in the room with them.
Small steps have intrinsic value in human enterprises. That is, regardless of the value of a small step to the outside world, it brings powerful value to the internal operation of a system for no other reason than that it is a small step. Steerability, interruptability, grokkability, rhythm, motivation, focus, reversability, and undirected target parallelism, all of these are of huge benefit in human enterprise, and they’re all part of the intrinsic benefit of small steps.
we have to make judgments about where and when to spend our limited resources of attention and influence. But we’re all too often tempted to draw the lines of our concern precisely at those boundaries where our care becomes uncomfortable or too demanding.
Today, although we donate only about 15% of our used clothing to charity, domestic thrift stores are still overwhelmed. They can only sell a sliver — about 10% to 20% — of what they receive. The rest is sold to textile recyclers, who turn the lowest-quality items into rags and insulation and press everything else into bales, which are sold to traders across Asia and Africa.
The pathology that besets us in this cultural moment is a failure of imagination, specifically the failure to imagine the other as neighbor. Empathy is ultimately a feat of the imagination, and arguments are no therapy for a failed, shriveled imagination. It will be the arts that resuscitate the imagination.
And the truth of the gospel is less a message to be taught than a mystery enacted. Love won’t save us either, of course. But I’ve come to believe that the grace of God that will save us is more powerfully manifest in beloved community than in rational enlightenment.
To regain control over the Cascade in those situations there’s a new CSS Language Feature coming to help us: Cascade Layers (CSS @layer).
It’s one thing to theorize about the importance of hard, honest conversations. It’s quite another to be a pastor in a multiracial setting who learns how to moderate those conversations and move them in a productive direction.
Jesus is the anti-Santa. He knows we belong on the naughty list. And that’s why he came to save us.
Ideally, in crowded places, "you should be wearing a KN95 or N95 mask," which can be as inexpensive as a few dollars each
What we need is a vision for right action that is justified even in the face of loss. We need a source of conviction that is strong enough to sustain that vision.
At the moment, I’m concerned that we may be overusing mock objects and especially dynamic mocking tools when other types of testing doubles could be easier or we should be switching to integration testing and be testing against the real dependencies.
We do not avoid gifts because of their abuses, and we do not fail to obey God because of what we perceive to be the inherent dangers of his commands. Any fear that causes you to retreat from God’s design is not from him.
A god who permits piety alongside injustice is not the God of the Bible.
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