this went thru my mind


Apologizing: Courageous Leaders Don’t Make Excuses…They Apologize

“Because so many of us have a hard time apologizing, I thought it might be helpful to have an ‘apology primer.’  Here you go …”

Church, parenting & sports: Are You Skipping Church for Your Kids’ Sports? by Joy Fisher [required reading]

“Each year, 35 million children (ages 5 to 18) suit up for organized sports. When they suit up is sometimes a gray area for Christian families. Regular church attendance is a must for parents who want their kids to put God first in their lives. So what impact does skipping church for sports have on that worthy goal?”

Courage & sacrifice: Ajith Fernando: On the Anvil of Suffering by Tim Stafford

“Offered his dream job in the United States, Fernando opted to stay in war-torn Sri Lanka, a decision that has made all the difference for the cause of Christ.”

Jesus, race & the U.S.: Deconstructing the Whiteness of Christ

“When we see the traditional images of Jesus as a blondish, blue-eyed European, where do those depictions stem from historically? … these images were not present in British America. Only after the United States became a new nation did Americans begin producing images of Jesus. He was not blue eyed at first, and his hair was brown. He was made white in this form at exactly the moment Americans were buying and selling more slaves and justifying the expropriation of Native American lands in the Southwest. In many ways, making Jesus white was an effort to sanctify these goals for land, power, and authority. … Jesus was first mass-produced in the United States in the early 1800s, but it was not until after the Civil War that his being white became an object of widespread discussion.”

Prayer & understanding your Bible: The Role of Prayer in Bible Interpretation

“For a man solemnly to undertake the interpretation of any portion of Scripture without invocation of God, to be taught and instructed by his Spirit, is a high provocation of him; nor shall I expect the discovery of truth from any one who thus proudly engages in a work so much above his ability.”

Reflection & wonder: What I Found in My Pocket by G.K. Chesterton [required reading]

“… I deny most energetically that anything is, or can be, uninteresting.”

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