We’re becoming conditioned to distraction, and it’s harming our ability to listen and think carefully, to be still, to pray, and to meditate. Which means it is a spiritual danger, an evil from which we need God’s deliverance (Matthew 6:13).
Every year around this time, as soon the lights are strung and the first Christmas carols are played on the radio, I hear a certain phrase start popping up. “War on Christmas,” they say. It always strikes me as a little silly and strange-- mostly because I’m not really sure who is fighting this "war", and why many Christians seem to be so adamant about it.
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At the core of who we are as followers of Christ is a commitment to care for the vulnerable, the marginalized, the abused, the wanderer. It’s Advent and we look back to the time thousands of years ago when a husband and wife couldn’t find a welcome home to stay. Today, millions of people are in a similar position, having had to flee home, safety, family, and livelihood due to violence or poverty.
One of the worst and more common mistakes Christians can make by trying too hard to connect with their coworkers is subconsciously create an “us” and “them” dichotomy. You don’t need to shrink away when your coworker talks about their tinder date staying later than they expected. And you don’t need to name-drop your friend Jesus at every opportunity.
Now is not the time for cynicism or social withdrawal or despairing about America as irretrievably post-Christian. The architecture for an emerging biracial and multiethnic Christian social witness must be crafted and argued for, regardless of the course of the new administration.
The holiday season offers reprieve to the busyness of modern life. The holidays require the modern man and woman to stop; during this season life-patterns are greatly altered. There is this confluence of nostalgia, an interruption of normal life rhythms and a bend to religiosity that provides the church a unique opportunity to build a culture of gathering in spite of the movement and cultural pressures to scatter.
Husband, do you pray for your wife? Not just a few words here or there. But do you really pour out your soul to God in desperate pleadings, fervent cries, and intercessory petitions on behalf of your most treasured possession on earth, your bride? If God were to affirmatively answer all of your prayers right now, at this instant, how much would really change in your marriage, or in your wife’s life?
It’s been almost three years since that diagnosis, and my daily life is so abnormal that it borders the realm of science fiction. Many of my worst fears have come true, and in more ways than one, the disease has robbed me of almost all I hold dear. I have hundreds of severe allergies to just about everything from scents, foods, and sunlight to the natural chemicals people’s bodies produce. My husband cannot share a room with me. He cannot even safely touch me.
Last week, we checked out of the library a DVD of the pop singer Adele’s concert at The Royal Albert Hall in London. My kids like her songs, and so do I, when I’ve heard them. I also love the fact that she’s a working-class Londoner who has become a worldwide success on the basis of her extraordinary talent. She has seemed so likable in the few interviews I’ve seen with her on TV. This was a hard concert to get through with the kids, because Adele has a very foul mouth.
Social media can be a great venue for sharing those vacation photos and pet videos. It’s not the ideal medium for most debates, especially political ones, though. Problems arise when our time spent on social media, regardless of its purpose, comes in lieu of conversation.