Lasting Change Demands Alignment
If we want change to last, we can’t spend all our time figuring out how to “make them change” but we also can’t let alignment become an impassable barrier that prompts us to give up. If we want change to last, we need to seek alignment while we try to adopt practical changes in our everyday jobs.
In short, the Bible does not reduce poverty and injustice solely to either individual actions and choices or to systemic, social structures. The Bible also denounces judicial systems weighted in favor of the rich and away from the poor, business practices that manipulate market prices, and unfair labor practices.
Considering that it took three visions for Peter to see in Acts 10-11 the importance of racial equality within the church, it is remarkable to come to Galatians 2, where we see that he has fallen back into a refusal to eat with Gentile believers. Paul rebukes him, but the basis for his critique is crucial to study.
It’d be foolish to dismiss the real critiques progressive Christians raise about certain evangelical churches. But it would be equally foolish to adopt their solutions. Instead, we should seek to reform our hearts and our churches to be more like Christ Jesus. And this is done through the historic faith that’s been passed down, not in spite of it.
Elections are administered by state and local officials in thousands of jurisdictions, most of whom are experienced professionals with records of integrity. There are well-tested processes in place for dealing with irregularities, challenges and contests.
It is naive to think that a man can be effectively pro-life and manifest consistently the character traits that lead to death — temporal and eternal.
We have an impoverished and inadequate political theology. It took us generations to get here, and this one election, regardless of the results, will not undo that. So before we know who wins or loses, we as a church must begin to reexamine how the good news of Jesus shapes us politically.
Many people who work in software development today have heard of the practice of pair programming, yet it still only has patchy adoption in the industry. One reason for its varying acceptance is that its benefits are not immediately obvious, it pays off more in the medium- and long-term. And it's also not as simple as "two people working at a single computer", so many dismiss it quickly when it feels uncomfortable. However, in our experience, pair programming is vital for collaborative teamwork and high quality software.
The first is to acknowledge the goodness of authority. When we read diagnostics of social ills which solely blame power structures for abuse, we must reject those claims as failures to understand the human condition. Cain didn’t need an elaborate social structure to kill Abel (Genesis 4). The human heart is desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). We will find infinite ways to abuse each other. Tear down one structure, and we will abuse each other with whatever comes next. There is no utopia until glory.
Over the past few years, we have worked to improve security where we can, providing patches, disabling certain Telerik features, and making general recommendations on how to monitor websites. However, the true solution is to rid the DNN Platform of Telerik entirely, which as part of DNN Platform 9.8.0 and later can be optionally completed, we will make it a mandatory process in the 10.0.0 release.
Dr. Thompson goes on to emphasize that emotions themselves are not God and should not take a place in our lives reserved for God himself. However, ignoring emotion only leads us to a breakdown of the self and of our relationships. Sooner or later, the dam breaks.
My principal concern is that Christians vote with faithfulness in mind, with prayer that intends to expose their heart to God and themselves rather than cover it up, and with a moral burden that is rightly-sized and rightly-situated.
A significant undercurrent of Paul’s epistle to the Romans is that Jewish lives do indeed matter. A vital aspect of his letter to the Galatian churches is that Gentile lives do in fact matter. These themes were not contrary to the gospel but part of its very goodness.
Once capitalism appears as the only realistic way of life, many Christians succumb to the temptation to view it as the work and will of God. Capitalism is then deified and the distinction between the city of God and the city of man is erased.
For example, in “Evangelii Gaudium,” Francis writes that the “trickle-down” theory of economic distribution—often presented as a scientific finding of economics—“has never been confirmed by the facts” and “expresses a crude and naïve trust in...the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system." All the consequences of unregulated free markets, from extreme poverty and homelessness to environmental degradation, appear as the reality of the world governed by God’s will. In Francis’ words, all bow before the golden calf of a “deified market” that consumes the weak and defenseless with indifference.
Self-sent and unprepared missionaries are a plague on the global missions world. Their desire is admirable and should be cultivated. But we should send them out in a manner worthy of God (3 John 6), which means connecting the laborers with pastors and mentors to help them move, if needed, from being saviors in their own heart and on social media to servants.
This long @martinfowler article on branching patterns is so full of great insights
Branching is a powerful technique, but it makes me think of goto statements, global variables, and locks for concurrency. Powerful, easy to use, but easier to over-use, too often they become traps for the unwary and inexperienced. Source code control systems can help to control branching by carefully tracking changes, but in the end they can only act as witnesses to the problems.
I'm not someone who says branching is evil. There are everyday problems, such as multiple developers contributing to a single codebase, where the judicious use of branching is essential. But we should always be wary of it and remember Paracelsus's observation that the difference between a beneficial drug and a poison is dosage.
This four-part letter, Dear White Christian Pro-Life Friends, is candid and insightful (and occasionally over the top). Worth reading if it applies to you
I do not for one second believe that grass-roots pro-life people — people like you, for example — are being intentionally deceptive in your commitment to the cause. Not at all! I know how sincere you are because I marched and prayed beside you for many years. But I must make this confession: I believe the pro-life cause has been misled and corrupted, first by racism and greed, and also by power — and specifically partisan political power.
In 2015, Giboney, Baraka, and Angel Maldonado started the AND Campaign, which aims to connect conviction and compassion. The organization sets out a platform you won’t find at either political convention—anti-abortion, pro-social safety nets, pro-family, pro-criminal justice reform. The point isn’t to endorse legislation or candidates or judicial decisions—AND doesn’t do that—but to “bring Christians of both parties together on those issues.”
The results were so strong that as of January 2020, NPO simply got rid of advertising cookies altogether. And rather than decline, its digital revenue is dramatically up, even after the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic.
The easier thing to do is critique the Black Lives Matter org. I'm not saying there’s nothing to critique. But it’s the easier thing to do. The much harder thing to do is look in the mirror and ask why the church isn't leading in addressing today's racial injustices?
Rather than reflexibly object and call the claim ridiculous, as Christians on social media are wont to do, why not sit with the claim to see if it has any merit at all? Have Christians been responsible for racism? Sadly, yes. Solely responsible? No. But if the world thinks that way, it is important for our witness to have an answer to that claim, and we need a better answer than falsely claiming we have been right all along.
As a result, citizens who rely on mass media for political information are beholden to someone else’s agenda and priorities.
Take some time prior to your session to consider what you know about your little one and try to anticipate their needs in order to help avoid or minimize a crash or meltdown after their photo session.
One of the things I most fear about these systems is they allow us the emotional distance that's necessary to make what are inhuman decisions. Like, I do not want to be the caseworker looking at the 58,000 people in Los Angeles and having just a handful of resources and deciding who gets them. That is an incredibly difficult decision to make. My fear is that sometimes these systems act as empathy overrides—that we are allowing these machines to make decisions that are too difficult for us to make as human beings.
My answer was a fairly brief, high level, summary of how agents work in Azure DevOps but as I was writing the answer, it occurred to me that the topic of agents and how they are organised and managed is quite nuanced so I thought I’d put something more comprehensive together
President Trump issued his second-term agenda, a series of bullet points titled “Fighting for You!” This was not a statement of ideology or philosophy. Instead, as my former colleagues at National Review noted in an excellent editorial, the document “is better understood as a series of aspirations, with little sense of how the powers of government might plausibly be used to achieve any of these goals”
Thank you for your daily, thoughtful coverage of the political conventions. I know of nothing else quite like it: principled, but not insufferably partisan. It has been refreshing and valuable for me as a non-profit leader, Christian minister, and everyday citizen.
Posting outrage over a recent incident of racial injustice is not the same thing as personally reaching out to a minority friend to make sure he or she knows you love them. A hashtag in solidarity with a political cause is not the same thing as taking concerns of racial justice into the voting booth with you. A willingness to face online criticism is not the same thing as personally confronting acts of racism.
I say, Where’s Breonna, why won’t anybody say where Breonna is? He says, Well, ma’am, she’s still in the apartment. And I know what that means.
This explains why, when you want to change behavior, pushing for the what you want is less effective than removing obstacles.
Our understanding of COVID-19 has accreted around the idea that it kills a few and is “mild” for the rest. That caricature was sketched before the new coronavirus even had a name; instead of shifting in the light of fresh data, it calcified. It affected the questions scientists sought to ask, the stories journalists sought to tell, and the patients doctors sought to treat. It excluded long-haulers from help and answers.
Our speech should be seasoned with gospel-saturated and Spirit-empowered salt in a world salty with sin and filled with a plethora of social media outlets where Spirit-seasoned speech is difficult to find, even among Christians.
I don't have anything to share that is as violent and disgusting as the brutality and racism we hear and read about every day. What I have to share are small injustices that have shaped who I am today.
The current crisis provides an opportunity for white Christians to set aside our preferences and heed the misgivings of other racial and ethnic groups. We can show we love our black and Hispanic believers enough that we’ll respect—and even prioritize—their concerns about safely returning to in-person worship services.
Protect your marriages, folks. Cherish your spouse, and commit to faithfully loving them in all circumstances. Marriage is for the long haul.
when I found myself very attracted to someone else rather early in my marriage to Lisa, I was caught completely off-guard. It made me think something was wrong with my marriage, rather than that such feelings are normal and even predictable. Not being fore-warned, I wasn’t fore-armed.
It isn’t holiness to choose celibacy or champion manmade taboos because we believe marital intimacy, food, or fun are bad. On the contrary, that’s profanity—an irreverent demeaning of what God has made, has called good, and has intended for our pleasure and joy
The most important public health measure during a pandemic of a disease with no cure or vaccine—as many countries around the world that have controlled the virus have shown—is to help experts share clear, trustworthy, accurate, actionable information based on the best evidence. Spreading lies has spread this disease.
Finally, the storyline of the whole Bible is God’s repeated identification with the wretched, powerless, and marginalized. The central story of the Old Testament is liberation of slaves from captivity. Over and over in the Bible, God’s deliverers are usually racial and social outsiders, people seen to be weak and rejected in the eyes of the power elites of the world.
The idea is that you specify the boundaries of what you’re trying to accomplish—minimum/maximum font sizes, minumum/maximum screen sizes, and some modular scales. Then you let the code—and the browser—do all the work.
On the one hand, this feels like surrending control. But on the other hand, because the underlying system is so robust, it’s a way of guaranteeing quality, even in situations you haven’t accounted for.
If someone asks you, “What size will the body copy be when the viewport is 850 pixels wide?”, your answer would have to be “I don’t know …but I do know that it will be appropriate.”
Landowners were commanded to not maximize profits by harvesting all sheaves or picking all the olives or grapes. Instead the owner was to leave produce in the field for the workers and the poor to take through their labor, not through charity. When the text reads that the sheaves, olives, and grapes “shall be for” the poor, it uses a Hebrew phrase that indicates ownership. To treat all of your profits and assets as individualistically yours is mistaken.
“The righteous (saddiq) are willing to disadvantage themselves to advantage the community; the wicked are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.”
Last year Chinese authorities were caught collecting DNA from Uighurs being detained in the internment camps. Human-rights groups say a comprehensive DNA database could be used to chase down any Uighurs who resist conforming to the government’s campaign of “re-education.” The government is also using a secret system of advanced facial-recognition technology to track and control the Uighurs, according to The New York Times.
Many children from backgrounds with trauma or loss often feel that feeling of fear amplified without an obvious reason, especially in a novel or intimate environment – such as having a photo session focused on themselves.
I loved this helpful article pointing out the historical context of Bible reading as a community practice, not primarily private study
Our primary encounter with the text has moved from the context of the communal Bible reading in the assembly of the church to the private Bible reading of the individual Christian. Reading has shifted from an activity chiefly engaging the ears to one chiefly engaging the eyes.
One line summarizes the comic (and the sentiment that I saw on Twitter): “I don’t quite know how to put this, but our entire field is bad at what we do, and if you rely on us, everyone will die.” Software engineers don’t literally believe this. But it also rings true. What do we mean?
“My point is not to relax, but rather to focus on what matters and what works,” Goldman said. “Masks, social distancing, and moving activities outdoors. That’s it. That’s how we protect ourselves. That’s how we beat this thing.”
Then he did something unusual–he served in the U.S. Congress and maintained the character, principles, and transcendent Christian ethic that he had when he was first elected. I grew up around Washington, D.C.; I know it has a way of changing people (for the worse).