it’s time to be civil (22)


#13. Keep it down (and rediscover silence). … Noise is among the most pervasive and frustrating sources of everyday annoyance – and sometimes a veritable pain. Careful management of noise is a must for those who want to be civil. Why is noise pollution so prevalent? Because many don’t seem to see (or hear) the problem at all and many of those who do don’t care enough to correct it. …

“Don’t pummel those who live with and around you with loud sounds coming from your  television, computer, and CD player. Make sure you don’t schedule noisy lawn mowing and leaf blowing before nine o’clock in the morning. … In a restaurant, keep your voice down, just like at the office. … Before entering houses of worship, libraries, restaurants, and theaters, turn off your cellular phone.”

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni (St. Martin’s Press, 2002); pp. 93,94

this went thru my mind


Afterlife, heaven & near-death experiences: Proof of Heaven? by Roger Olson

“This is folk religion, not Christian belief. Churches need to pay attention to Christians’ tendency to base their beliefs on popular culture, stories of private experiences, rumors, urban legends (‘evangelegends’), novels, etc. And they need to counter this tendency with strong biblical and theological teaching about what the Bible and Christian tradition really say about, for example, life after death.”

Bible application & interpretation: If My People [2 Chronicles 7.14] by Brad Morrow [required reading]

“… we can’t hijack the verse and use it as a promise of spiritual revival for America or wherever Christians reside; that would misuse the verse.”

Climate change & global warming: Katharine Hayhoe: Evangelical Christian, Climate Scientist [3 brief video clips; less than 7 minutes total]

“Katharine Hayhoe is a highly-respected expert on climate change. An associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, her focus is developing new ways to quantify the potential impacts of human activities at the regional scale. … As an evangelical scientist, Katharine Hayhoe is already a member of a rare breed. As a climate change researcher who is also married to an evangelical Christian pastor, she is nearly one of a kind. In these three videos, Hayhoe divulges her beliefs about God, climate change, and the difficulties of believing in both those things.”

Clutter, possessions & stuff: 10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home by Joshua Becker

“The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. … Consider this list of 10 creative ways to declutter your home.”

Evangelism: Evangelism: What is It and How It Would Look? by Terry Rush [required reading]

“Evangelism: it isn’t a one-way for all. It is all-ways to win one.”

Holy Spirit: 5 Misunderstandings About the Holy Spirit by Jack Levison

“Let’s look at some of the most common misconceptions.”

Militarism: Are American Evangelicals Seduced by Militarism? by Preston Sprinkle

“… America is becoming more and more militarized. I would also argue … that America’s recent militarism is an aberration of its original ideals. … God does not think too highly of military might. In fact, He condemns it as idolatry.”

Ministry, pain & shepherding: * From the Shepherd’s Nook: Pain by John Frye; * My Top 10 Youth Ministry Fails by Brandon Baker

* “For whatever convoluted reasons, I avoided conflict for many years in ministry. I liked to think of myself as a “peacemaker,” but what I was really was a pain-avoider. Later in ministry I got some very wise counsel about my jitters regarding conflict. I avoided conflict because it kept me distant (safe) from my own personal pain.”

* “These certainly are not the only mistakes I’ve made and my psyche has probably blocked out some of the worst ones.”