Wednesday Picks ~ 8-10-2016

Picks Wednesday

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

This one is a little long, but important, especially if you are one of those privileged folks who “pooh pooh” the whole idea of white privilege…

What I Said When My White Friend Asked for My Black Opinion on White PrivilegeLori Lakin Hutcherson
…trust me, nobody is mad at you for being white. Nobody. Just like nobody should be mad at me for being black. Or female. Or whatever.

But what is being asked of you is to acknowledge that white privilege does exist, and to not only to treat people of races that differ from yours “with respect and humor,” but also to stand up for fair treatment and justice, to not let “jokes” or “off-color” comments by friends, co-workers, or family slide by without challenge, and to continually make an effort to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, so we may all cherish and respect our unique and special contributions to society as much as we do our common ground.

I’m sharing this because I found it thought provoking. I’m still uncertain about what all those thoughts are, or might become…

I am not Homosexual . . . or Heterosexual or Bisexual or Any-Other-Kind-Of-SexualMatt Moore
Young man is looking at the sunriseI understand that my perspective and approach to all this sexuality terminology stuff doesn’t fit nicely into a box. I understand that, to the world and even to some Christians, it sounds crazy. But as aliens in this world (1 Peter 2:11), shouldn’t our perspectives be a bit alienish? As people who embrace a worldview that is almost totally contrary to the normative cultural worldview, shouldn’t the way we talk about things like this sound a bit otherworldly? Shouldn’t our perspectives and language be informed primarily by the content of God’s written word and not secular theories? I tend to think so.

Don’t Say God Is Silent with Your Bible ClosedMatt Brown
Don’t Say God Is Silent with Your Bible ClosedA.W. Tozer said, “The Bible is not only a book which was once spoken, but a book which is now speaking.” God wants to speak to us today, and everyday, through his word. God’s word is not simply “once spoken.” God’s word is always “now speaking.”

We silence the sound of God’s voice in our lives when we leave our Bible on the shelf. Many have shared another popular statement: “Complaining about God being silent when your Bible is closed is like complaining about not getting texts when your phone is turned off.”

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