Tuesday Picks ~ 3-28-2017

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

There is something important here for Christian leaders in all fields to remember…

The Pagans Who Will Save Christian Publishing
Samuel James
http://blogs.mereorthodoxy.com/samuel/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2017/01/book-809887_640.jpgWe asked Dr. Henry if he saw any hope in the coming generation of evangelicals.

And I will never forget his reply.

“Why, you speak as though Christianity were genetic,” he said. “Of course, there is hope for the next generation of evangelicals. But the leaders of the next generation might not be coming from the current evangelical establishment. They are probably still pagans.”

“Who knew that Saul of Tarsus was to be the great apostle to the Gentiles?” he asked us. “Who knew that God would raise up a C.S. Lewis, a Charles Colson? They were unbelievers who, once saved by the grace of God, were mighty warriors for the faith.”

Several typos in this article (which I always find annoying and distracting), but this is still a good point to remember…

God Does Not Answer “Selfie” Prayers!H.B. Charles
It is not wrong to bring your personal needs and wants to God in prayer. It is our privilege in Christ to come with confidence to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Jesus commands his disciples to ask, seek, and knock in believing prayer. But remember that the priority of prayer is God and is glory, not you and your desires.

Google and Facebook Can’t Just Make Fake News DisappearDanah Boyd
Fake news is too big and messy to solve with algorithms or editors — because the problem is….us.

…I understand why folks want to do something now — there’s a lot of energy in this space, and the underlying issues at play have significant consequences for democracy and society. Yet what’s happening at this present moment is not actually new. It’s part of a long and complicated history, and it sheds light on a variety of social, economic, cultural, technological, and political dynamics that will not be addressed through simplistic solutions. Racing to implement Band-Aids may feel good, but I worry that such an approach creates a distraction while enabling the underlying issues to flourish.

Interesting insight…

Moral Relativism Is DeadTed Olsen
Moral Relativism Is DeadIt isn’t that conservatives and liberals have shrugged off transcendent ideas of right and wrong. Rather, they each appeal to a different transcendent moral foundation. We are not in an era of moral relativism but moral pluralism.

That’s not necessarily good news: It’s hard to build a unified society when we hold radically different moral visions. It’s even hard to have a conversation when we view each other as immoral.

But it does offer evangelistic opportunities. Our Great Commission was never to convince liberals that there are objective moral truths. Our neighbors already have a deep sense that something has gone terribly wrong in our world, that “all have sinned.” In our conversations with unbelievers, we owe them the respect to try to understand their moral commitments and frustrations. They very well may be motivated to look for answers, especially as they find their best moral efforts frustrated. The fields are ripe for the harvest.

Honesty is not always the best policy…
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