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Fierce

No one wants their face associated with “dirt.” This girl is fierce and she deserves to be praised for making strong statements against abuse. When will men and women get it?

 

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America’s Largest Religious Revival

As I watch Saturday night football, I am intrigued by this analysis.  Introducing Athletica.

For decades, demographic studies have indicated the steady decline of religion in America, but new measures suggest that, on the contrary, at least one religion in America is alive and well, thriving in every community, and claiming devoted adherents in nearly every household.

This new religious revival has remained under the radar in large part because its adherents do not claim any religious attachment to this social institution, but by every measure of behaviors typically associated with religion, it is deceitful to label it as anything less. Although it shies away from adopting an overarching organization or name for itself, for the purposes of this study, it will be considered under the name Athletica.

Ok, this may not be what you wanted to hear, not I when I clicked.

Forget One Service For Week. We Have Daily Meetings.  Whereas in traditional American Christianity followers would regularly meet together once or twice a week (a timetable most now find unduly onerous), members of Athletica gather four, five, six, or even seven days a week.

Are you getting a sense for what Athletica is and what it has done to families inside America?

Unquestionably, the ongoing success of Athletica is rooted in its centrality to the lives of its devotees. As Christianity fades in the West, dying from a desire to be like everything else except itself, Athletica has risen to the ascendance as the self-assured, pervasive cultural influence. Where the Judeo-Christian world has laid down its mantle, Athletica has picked it up, unwittingly following the directives of the Hebrew Bible to teach tenets of the faith to their children, “Talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

This depth of enculturation is most certainly the key to the trenchant, growing success of Athletica, which—by all reasonable evidence—has already replaced its rival religions in most American homes.

Read how Athletica developed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Keller on Homosexuality

My Train Wreck Conversion

LGBT Folks

Americanized Christianity

I am taking my queues from the Reflector, a Mississippi State University campus paper. Image result for bible and american flag The article’s author seems to think that Christians in American have Americanized Christianity.

My insight is that most every culture adapts the writings of the the Holy Bible to their culture.   In some ways God through His Word encourages that.   In fact, His Word was written over a period of hundreds of years and comes through people from  several cultures and from several nations. Read more of this post

Gay Journey to God

Purple Rain

I like the way Cory and orchestra do this one. Prince was made in the Image.

Danny Boy

Blessing Our Children

Below is part of an article from Steve Ward with insightful ideas about how to help validate the lives and character of our children.  This dovetails well with Dr Larry Crabb’s thoughts on validating our sons.  See link below for more on that.

The Power of Blessing Our Kids

As parents, we desperately want our kids to be happy and safe from harm.

Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to guarantee those things happen. They will face trials and troubles, and we do not control their life or their destiny.

Recently, my older son was facing some tough times, and I felt a strong desire to do something demonstrative and powerful to encourage him. It finally hit me: I should give him my blessing.

father and son photo

Reasons for Blessing Our Kids

What does blessing our kids mean?

In the Bible, when a person is blessed, it is a sign of God’s grace and presence, an assurance this person has a valuable role in God’s plans for the world.

Dr. John Trent and Dr. Gary Smalley outlined the biblical steps for blessing our kids in their book The Blessing. As described in Scripture, the process includes meaningful touch, a spoken message, and an active and ongoing commitment. And it seeks to convey two main points to them:

  1. Attaching high value to the one being blessed.
  2. Picturing a special future for him or her.

As parents, it is our mission to care for and train up our children spiritually, emotionally, and personally. Blessing our kids is a powerful tool to do just that, and we can use it to help them:

  • Establish healthy feelings of self-worth and emotional well-being.
  • Increase their own personal faith as we strongly profess our own.
  • Develop a hardy resilience for trials and issues they will face.
  • Become all they can be and fulfill their God-given potential.

There was another reason I wanted to bless my son, one more important than the others. Because he was facing some tough times, I was worried, and I longed for his well-being. Therefore, I did what any parent could do: I called on the supernatural power of the Creator of the Universe to be there for him.

Seriously. I wanted to do whatever I could to help my son, and I knew I couldn’t handle that by myself. Only by passing on a blessing from God could I help him the most.

Use this link to get an example at the bottom of the article.

Related:

The Silence of Adam