Monday Picks ~ 1-30-2017

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

Joe Carter does a good job of objectively answering some important questions without partisan hyperbole…

The FAQs: President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigrants and RefugeesJoe Carter
https://tgc-cache.s3.amazonaws.com/images/made/images/remote/http_s3.amazonaws.com/tgc-ee2/articles/passport_1200_700_c1_.jpg-Why was this executive order implemented?
-What policies does this executive order change?
-Does the executive order put a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.?
-Does the executive order ban lawful permanent residents (i.e., green-card holders)?
-Does the president have the authority to ban people from specific countries?
-Did President Obama implement a similar ban against Iraq in 2011?
-Is it legal for the President to prioritize religious minorities over other refugees?


A Sane Approach to the Refugee CrisisO. Alan Noble
A Sane Approach to the Refugee CrisisThis tension between the political left who support the refugees and the far right who see them as a threat is simply not conducive to accurate and unbiased reporting. On the contrary, both sides have reasons to silence parts of this event and broadcast others…

Although these [extreme] views are as vile as they are ignorant, one extreme does not justify the other, and denouncing Islamophobia of our neighbors does not excuse us from thinking wisely about what good immigration policies should look like—policies that bless both the refugees and the communities they move to. And this is really our task.


Christian Life Beyond the Quiet TimeJared C. Wilson
Most of us certainly make time for God when we feel we have the time. The problem is that God owns all of life, and worshiping God means we must revolve around him, not he us. So God shouldn’t be confined to his own compartment in our schedule. Jesus does not abide in his assigned timeslot; we abide in him…

…the activity of “being filled by the Spirit” is sort of like sailing. There are roughly sixty working parts on a sailboat. There’s plenty of work to do when sailing. You can break a sweat. You have to stay attentive. But there’s two things you can’t control and they make all the difference in the world. No amount of elbow grease will control the tide or bring the wind. You can hoist the sail, but only the wind can make a sailboat go.

There are plenty of approaches to spiritual formation that amount to teaching us how to row our own boat. Some put in us a sailboat, but have us blowing deep breaths into the sail. Consequently, many of us get really tired on the way to nowhere.


Don’t miss this one! It takes a little patience, but hang in there to the end, the point is powerful and challenging…

The Parable of the Good DeplorableJason Micheli
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The good news is that this parable isn’t the stale object lesson about serving the needy that we’ve made it out to be.

The bad news is that this parable is much worse than most of us ever realized…

As bored as we’ve become with this story, the irony is that we haven’t even cast ourselves correctly in it…


This is sort of how I recall feeling at the time…
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