Millennials and the False Gospel of Nice. My favorite of the week. “One might argue that young evangelicals aren’t fleeing core conservative institutions, but flooding them.”
What’s Wrong With Producing a Worship Experience. “The only thing of value the church has to offer is the gospel. I believe that one result of the emerging Experience Economy will be a longing for authenticity. To the extent that the church stages worldly experiences, it will lose its effectiveness.”
Jesus Had Compassion on the People. “When we use the language of compassion we almost always think of meeting physical needs, but for Jesus teaching was also compassion ministry.”
Wasting Away in Oldmanville. “God has been kind to me. Overall my health is pretty good. But I’ve got to face it – I’m wasting away. I’m not as strong as I used to be. I lifted some heavy bags a few weeks ago and my arm has been sore ever since. I got a stent two years ago and now take blood thinner and blood pressure meds. I’m not ready for my wife to put me into a home yet, though she threatens to do so every once in a while. But the truth is, I’m aging. I’m wasting away.”
Six Lessons of Good Listening. If you want to be good at loving people you need to know how to listen to people. Here are six good lessons to that end. “Listening is one of the easiest things you’ll ever do, and one of the hardest.”
My Favorite April Fool’s Joke This Year. Lolz guaranteed. “NPR’s prank this past Tuesday took a creative mind to come up with, but it was so simple it probably only took about 10 minutes to execute. They simply wrote an article titled ‘Why Doesn’t America Read Anymore.’ You may have seen it floating around Facebook. But here’s the twist: It wasn’t a real article…”
If I Wrote the Bible… If I wrote it, there’d be pictures. “What if I had written my own bible? How would it be different? How would a simple, sinful person like myself approach the task of writing a standard of faith and practice that was meant to transcend all times, contexts and cultures?
Figure Out How Much Time You’ve Spent Watching TV. Will you dare?