According to Siri, in two and half weeks from today, my summer vacation ends and training at my new school begins. I’m excited about teaching 8th grade English for the first time, since I have taught HS in the past 2 years. It has been great having an extended time of recharging, resting, and spending quality time with my wife and daughter. However, I’m eager to return to the classroom. One of the ways this summer I have tried to keep my mind fresh and engaged in through reading. If I’m not reading a book, or article, reminding my daughter not to chew books, I’m posting articles for others to ponder and react.
June was one of the craziest months that I have ever seen take place in the world. A variety of opinions and thoughts emerged on what our country and world is facing. An easy response would be to force one perspective or lens on everything that is taking place. However, there is more nuances in our ever-changing world. Another response could be to sweep everything under the rug, or retreat into a bubble is not what Jesus had in mind when he said his community was to be the light of the world, a city on a hill or salt of the earth. Christians need to be bold and courageous to bring the light and love of Jesus into the darkest corners of world, because there is not one single part of society and culture where Jesus is silent. More importantly, by being informed of all sides of a story and what is happening around us will allow us to have a glimpse of the ongoing work of Jesus in the hearts and minds of every man, woman, and child. That being said, here’s a collection of things I watched, listened or read that that challenged me, made me think or marvel, or simply laugh out-loud. If you find something that you’d like further discussion on, by all means contact me and I’d love to hear what you think about it.
In this debut edition you’ll find articles on same sex marriage, parenting and marriage, pastors and church, doctrine and theology, history, sports, loving others well, and some other surprises along the way!
This is a topic that needs to be discussed within our churches, but with compassion, grace, and understanding. I kept telling myself to stay quiet because of the unending debates that are taking place online and offline on a variety of issues that is causing shock-waves in our world. However, I am reminded of the wise and timeless advice from a mentor: “The Kingdom of God is never threatened.” All of us have planks in our eyes but we can all take a deep breath because it will never be threatened because the one who holds it all together is not the church or our lawmakers. Any time we place a higher value on American values than Kingdom values, we show our fear and trust is not in the one who holds it all together. American and Kingdom values are not the same. In a world filled with rhetoric and noise we can sleep in peace in knowing our chaotic world will never drift away from the loving and merciful arms of Jesus. (See Colossians 1:16-17). Instead of only listening to one view on this delicate and challenging subject, try to explore other opinions that are outside of your comfort zone. The articles listed below are not the only perspectives on this topic, but are some that I read and would recommend reading before using Facebook as a platform to announce to the world your agenda.
Marriage and Parenting
This is a very sensitive issue, because we know many couples who have chosen not to have children yet. Being a parent is difficult, but I would not trade it for anything in the world.
Gender roles within Christianity is never a fun discussion to have, but it is one that needs to happen.
Billy Graham once said that he never travels or meets with a woman alone, while my wife and I have adopted the same policy for us, here’s another take on it.
A scholarly but easy to understand discussion around a misunderstood scripture on headship.
Luther on the estate of marriage (A concise and important summary of Martin Luther’s thoughts on marriage.)
Odd title, serious message on parenting. Guilt and fear cannot be in the foundation in which we raise our daughters and sons in this world.
My thoughts and attempts to understand Father’s Day (and show off an adorable picture of my daughter too).
Pastors and Church
Before I became an English teacher, I seriously considered becoming a pastor and for right now, I am okay with the fact that I am not pastoring at a church, because caring for and loving my family is my main priority. My conviction is that if I am not pastoring my own family well, I cannot pastor God’s family.
Loving Others Well
Odds and Ends
Strange, fascinating and intriguing stories.
The Science of Bacon (VIDEO)