Pastor Nick Bogardus from Mars Hill Orange County concludes his two-part post by discussing the transformation of advertising and audiences, and the impact that has had on truthful communication, including the church:
Like it or not, the church is also not exempt from these effects. Much of Christian content today is also affected by the profound shifts above: popularity is more important than consequence, speed is more important than accuracy, opinion and argument are more important than information, and writing gets boiled down to self-promotion.
Blog based on Mark Buchanan’s book, Your Church is Too Safe:
You can’t be a disciple without being a believer. But—here’s the rub—you can be a believer and not a disciple. You can say all the right things, think all the right things, believe all the right things, do all the right things, and still not follow and imitate Jesus.
The kingdom of God is made up of travailers, but our churches are largely populated with tourists. The kingdom is full of disciples, but our churches are filled with believers.
From her.meneutics – blogger Sharon Miller talks about how society has long equated physical looks with value and how falling into this thinking impacts women, including Christians. She also cites the prevalence of those “HotOrNot.com” and “Ratemypic.com” site and the trend of young girls posting YouTube videos asking whether or not they’re “pretty or ugly” as new symptoms of a disease society has long been afflicted by.
I’ll let you read the rest of the article for yourself, but I think Miller’s reference to Bethany Dillon’s “Beautiful” says it best in its lyrics about whom should be the source of our identity:
Sometimes I wish I was someone other than me
Fighting to make the mirror happy
Trying to find whatever is missing
Won’t you help me back to glory
I want to be beautiful
Make you stand in awe
Look inside my heart,
and be amazed
I want to hear you say
Who I am is quite enough
Just want to be worthy of love
You make me beautiful
You make me stand in awe
You step inside my heart, and I am amazed
I love to hear You say
Who I am is quite enough
You make me worthy of love and beautiful
From Stand to Reason – Author responds to the method of reasoning by the gay community that since homosexuality in the animal kingdom “naturally” occurs, homosexuality in humans is natural as well, and therefore justified. In short, the author notes that this logic is reductio ad absurdum (LSAT logic ftw).
There’s something wrong with this line of reasoning. In fact, a simple question composed of a two-letter word gets right to the heart of the problem: So? Even if animals exhibit homosexual behavior, so? What does that prove? It proves nothing. Do advocates of this view really want to say: Because animals engage in X behavior, therefore X is natural/moral for humans? This claim is absurd. Here’s why…
Self-explanatory Infographic .
An overview of the problem with Twitter and 5 Costly Tweets that are prime examples of such:
The problem with Twitter, say experts, is that immediacy and informality — the site’s greatest strength — are also its greatest dangers. “When you choose to communicate on Twitter, you choose to move your private thoughts to a [public] stage,” says Derrick Daye, managing partner at LA-based consultancy The Blake Project. As a result, he says, “an ill-judged tweet can be extremely expensive.”
Author Mary Kassian takes a brief look at the history IWD, what it means, and its current message and implications. Very convicting and very true.
The message is that “true equality” requires that women be treated exactly the same as men. Women will not be equal until the sexes have interchangeable roles, interchangeable jobs, interchangeable responsibilities . . . and even an interchangeable identity. Equality means interchangeablity. The sexes will not be “equal” until a man can metaphorically “cross-dress” as a woman, and a woman as a man—until husband and wife, mother and father are superfluous terms, and the world reflects a socialist, gender-neutral 50/50 division of labor in every sphere of life.
The message we are hearing this International Women’s Day is that women will only be equal when they assume the same roles as men. Enforcing “sameness” will uphold woman’s worth and dignity.
I beg to differ.
Men and women are equal, but different. I believe that we will see the dignity of women upheld when we embrace our God-given differences—not when we deny them. What we women need is to be women—to be the relaters, responders, mothers and nurturers that God created us to be. And we need you men to step up to the plate and be men—to be the providers, protectors and fathers that God created you to be. We need you to assume the responsibility of leadership in our homes and communities and to go to bat for women who are abused, downtrodden, oppressed, and forgotten. We don’t need women to be more like men—or men to be more like women. We need radical, counter-cultural men and women who dare to delight in God’s design.
I know that as long as we live in this sin-tainted world, women—the softer, more vulnerable sex— will suffer unjustly at the hands of sinful men. Legal protection/intervention is absolutely necessary to try to alleviate her plight. But gender-bending and role obliteration does not help our cause. It just makes matters worse. It is when men sense their responsibility to benevolently protect and provide that women will experience the dignity and respect that is their due.
Equality will not be achieved by pushing for gender-neutralization of male and female roles. Women do not need to be the same to be equal. On this International Women’s Day, I encourage you women to embrace and delight in what it means to be a woman. But more than anything, I call out to you men to step up to the plate and be men.
“When men change, everything changes.”