Perspective 101
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One of the trade-offs made in order to emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in schools has been teaching less history and good literature. To get more of one thing in a crowded curriculum, students will learn less of another. STEM-related subjects help young people get good jobs in their world. History and literature help them keep perspective on it. History is the play-by-play on human events, and literature is the color commentary. One reason for hysterical reactions to... Read More
Choose to be kind
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How many weddings have you attended? It’s likely that a third of them incorporated some of the verses of 1 Corinthians chapter 13 in some way—you know, the famous “Love Chapter” of the Bible. It is the perfect wedding Scripture because it provides a beautiful and clear picture of what a happy home looks like. “Love is kind,” says St. Paul (1 Corinthians 13:4). It sure is. The real question: are you kind? Kindness is learned behavior; it doesn’t come... Read More
Listen to the elders
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Senior citizens suspect that nobody in our culture wants to be like them. TV commercials for Caribbean vacations, fashionable clothes, beer, and fast cars feature the young and beautiful, not the old and saggy. It seems like senior TV actors are needed only for companies selling walk-in bathtubs, medical-alert necklaces, catheters, and final expense life insurance. Younger folks who neglect the wisdom of the seniors, however, are wasting a huge asset. Ignoring his older advisors cost King Rehoboam 80 percent... Read More
Back to school
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It’s back-to-school shopping season. Whether their babies are leaving for preschool, kindergarten, high school, or college, parents around the country are feeling a combination of excitement and dread, pride and angst. As we make sure we have everything on our children’s school supplies lists, we remember that our kids should always be learning. And what’s on God’s always-in-school list is our priority: “He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach... Read More
One of them has to be right
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As an American Christian, I unequivocally defend the right of people to practice the religion of their choosing. I am depending on non-Christian Americans to defend my constitutional right to do the same. I am comfortable with that ambiguity. I get very concerned about any political discussions that even hint at favoring one religion over another. That threatens the very religious liberty I cherish. Majorities can change, and there must always be due respect for the minority in this great... Read More
A little bit of heaven
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Everybody knows somebody who has “dropped out.” You do too—people who have dropped out of school, dropped out of the workforce, dropped out of their marriages. And dropped out of church. That’s the worst of them all, because it has eternal consequences. But it’s never too late to come back. Feeling guilty? You will find God’s forgiveness there. Feeling confused? You will hear God’s clear words explaining both your origin and his will for your life. Feeling burdened? You will... Read More
Livin’ small
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What kind of life do you expect as a child of God? Do you feel you should be riding in a Porsche? Have granite countertops? Have a country club membership? Own a summer cottage? Vacation in Paris? You may have been given some of these treats by your exceedingly generous Father, or you may never experience them. Or perhaps they still lie in your future. But even if your whole life will be Formica and Chevys, when you’re connected to... Read More
I hate my workplace
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I love my job. Honestly. I have never second-guessed my life’s work. But I know many people who are miserable in their jobs, not so much because of the work they do but because of the people they have to do it with. Is your workplace dysfunctional? Do you have an overcritical boss? spiteful coworkers? Does this sound like what you head into each day: “My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me” (Psalm... Read More
Free at last
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Not long after St. Paul moved on from the Galatian cities with his message of freedom in Christ, good old boys moved in and tried their best to reimpose Old Covenant rules about food, restricted social contact, ceremonial circumcision, and religious observances. I think I know why church leaders do that. They like rules. They don’t trust people. They mean well, sort of. They love the Word of God so much that they want to build a wall around it... Read More
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The march of time is kept with a pendulum. Its swinging keeps things interesting, challenging, and moving forward. History teaches that trends run out of steam when they reach their limits and some very brave soul begins pushing back. Eventually a few other pendulum keepers join in. Momentum accelerates as lots of folks jump on. A counter trend dominates until some equally brave pendulum keeper on the other end sees the risks of extreme movement and exerts a lot of... Read More