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Attitude & thinking: A Critical Mind vs. A Critical Spirit by Trevin Wax

“… it’s common to hear pastors and scholars bemoan the lack of critical thinking in many evangelical churches today.”

Church: Seven Things in the Church That Will Not Change by Thom Rainer

” I can tell you seven things in the church that will not change. In the fast pace of change in local congregations, these seven constants are good reminders of what really matters. … The Bible is still the Word of God. … The gospel still changes lives. … Small groups are still vital. … The mission field still needs workers. … Prayer is still powerful. … Hurting people still need ministry. … God is still in control.”

Parable: A Lost Parable: The Sugar of the Earth by Chaplain Mike

“And Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘You are the powdered sugar of the earth.'”

Parenting: * Having ‘The Talk’ With Your Teen by Kim Komando; * Why Should a Mother Pray for Her Children with Her Children? by Brian Croft

* ” No, I don’t mean that talk. But there’s another one that is almost as important these days. I’m referring to the talk about staying safe with smartphones and social-media activity. Haven’t done that yet? If you’ve been putting it off because you don’t know what to cover, I’m here to help. … It’s never too early to bring up the subject of online safety. As a parent, you no doubt realize that kids do far more texting than talking. What you might not know is that kids are also doing a lot more mobile messaging through online social platforms, and this often includes sharing their location with friends.”

* “… here is a word of encouragement to all Christian mothers to press on in your daily tasks to serve you families; to remain steadfast in those spiritual disciplines with your children that appear to have little effect. This word of encouragement comes from the great Charles Spurgeon as he reflects on the impact his praying mother had on him as an unconverted boy …”

Same sex marriage: The Church and Politics: Responding to Gay Marriage Proposals by Jay Guin

“I’ve not really had much time to ponder the profundities of President Obama’s decision to support gay marriage. … However, others have, and I thought it might be worthwhile to point out some thoughtful — though disagreeing — posts on the subject.”

Self-designation: 51% – ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Latino’: When Labels Don’t Fit [PewResearch survery results]

“When asked whether they prefer either “Latino” or “Hispanic,” half (51%) of the respondents say they have no preference for either term. When a preference is expressed, “Hispanic” is preferred over “Latino” by more than a two-to-one margin — 33% versus 14%.”

Shopping: Amazon Strikes Deal to Collect Texas Sales Tax

“Come July, Texans will start paying state sales tax at Amazon.com.”

this went thru my mind

 

Amazon: 9 Astonishing Facts About Amazon

American history: Lincoln and the Mormons by Ted Widmer

Church & the future: Snapshot: The Next 10 Years in the American Church by Mike Breen

Consumerism: Reflections on Black Friday by Roger E. Olson

Drinking: Making Choices About Alcohol by Michael Harbour

Evolution: Misconceptions About Evolution parts one and two.

Feedback: There’s No Such Thing as Constructive Criticism by Tony Schwartz

Gospel: * The Problem with Our Gospel #1: The Self-Centered Gospel by Marc Cortez and * The Problem With our Gospel # 2: The Individualistic Gospel by Marc Cortez

Homelessness: * Homeless children and youth. . .our response??? by Larry James and * On Shopping Carts, Thanksgiving, and Homelessness

Humor: The Ninja Nod-off by Jon Acuff

Insecurity: Kathy Escobar: Insecure Christians

Movie illustrations & reviews: * Wisdom, Stories, & “No Country for Old Men” by Tim Gombis * An Egalitarian Examination of “Courageous” the Movie

Phariseeism: As Perfect as I Supposed Myself (a quote from Alexander Campbell)

Thankfulness: Practicing the Attitude of Gratitude by Michael Hyatt