Church history: In Church Attics, Clues to the Private Life of Early America
“The historians are racing against inexorable church closings, occasional fires, and a more mundane but not uncommon peril: the actual loss of documents, which most often occurs when a church elder dies and no one can remember the whereabouts of historical papers.”
Cohabitation, marriage & Millenials: The Beta Marriage: How Millennials Approach ‘I Do’
“… almost half of millennials (43%, and higher among the youngest subset) said they would support a marriage model that involved a two-year trial — at which point the union could be either formalized or dissolved, no divorce or paperwork required. Thirty-three percent said they’d be open to trying what researchers dubbed the ‘real estate’ approach — marriage licenses granted on a five-, seven-, 10- or 30-year ARM, after which the terms must be renegotiated. And 21% said they’d give the ‘presidential’ method a try, whereby marriage vows last for four years but after eight you can elect to choose a new partner.”
Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Palestinians & war: What’s Really Going on in Israel?
“… why it matters and what we can do about it.”
Hurry, life & spiritual formation: * Don’t Fight the Road; * A Prayer for Sunday; * Less Activity, More Passivity
* “Following the speed limit is FUN. This is counter-intuitive on every level.”
* “Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know,
To love what I ought to love,
To praise what delights thee most,
To value what is precious in thy sight,
To hate what is offensive to thee.
Do not suffer me to judge according to the sight of my eyes,
Nor to pass sentence according
…..to the hearing of the ears of ignorant men;
But to discern with a true judgment
…..between things visible and spiritual,
And above all, always to inquire what is the good pleasure of thy will.”
* “The Bible calls for two things: We face the future waiting and praying.”
Manhood & masculinity: What is Biblical Masculinity?
“As I read the Scriptures I have a difficult time discerning what exactly the Bible says about ‘masculinity.'”
People: First Bible on the Moon Still Sparks Controversy
“There’s no doubt Texas has its own real life Lone Star ‘Forrest Gump’ – a man with humble roots, unexpected achievements and an extraordinary life that changed the world and embedded him in the annals of football, aerospace and religious history.
“Take a former Texas Aggie football player who was a ballistic missile experimenter, who became a Presbyterian missionary and college professor, put him in the wilds of Brazil, liberally add earth satellites and horseback treks among uncivilized Indians, then flavor the whole thing with two American Presidents and the first Bible to land on the moon, and you have the makings of a story on which any fiction writer would love to get his or her hands.
“But the Rev. John Maxwell Stout will tell you it’s all true.”