This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...
Stop Using Your Personality Test as a Crutch –Michael Kelley
Are you an otter or a golden retriever? Are you a “D” or an “I”? Are you an “ENTJ” or “INFP”? Are you a green or a red? …
These can be very valuable tools…
Unfortunately, though, personality tests can go very wrong in one simple way:
Your personality test is not a license to be a jerk.
We might tend to think it does. After all, we might reason, God has made me this way. Yes, I know my personality is a bit abrasive, but that’s because I’m this color or that animal or this combination of letters.
And yet if you’re a Christian, knowing your personality is not your end game….
This is because holiness is our goal. Self-knowledge is not.
5 Bad Excuses for Not Giving to Your Church –Art Rainer
Consistently giving to your church is a big step in your financial health.
It is also the first step…
Often the excuses for not giving are based on a misunderstanding of Scripture or a misunderstanding of their church…
If you are not giving to your local church, take some time and consider how God talks about generosity in the Bible. Talk to your pastor about it. And get involved.
Don’t miss out on financially participating in your local church. Financial health doesn’t end with generosity, it starts with generosity.
The Cross vs Nostalgia –Samuel James
To make the Passion an object of our nostalgia—to see in it only the value of our grandfather’s generation, the benefit of a “Christian nation”—is to spit upon the cross itself. It is said that in the United States are millions of “Easter and Christmas” churchgoers, those who make time in their secular existence for two hours of hymnody a year. Oh, if only these Americans could see in their holidays the blood and the gore and the evil! If only they could see the gospel in its visceral reality, and not in its Thomas Kinkadian counterfeit.
If they could–if we could–we would not look at Good Friday with nostalgia. But we would look at it, and, if God is merciful, we might never look away.
An ethical question from the near future…
Will Editing Your Baby’s Genes Be Mandatory?
Designing a baby, or editing the genes of an unborn child, strikes many as risky, unseemly, unnatural, unethical, or likely to lead to a dystopian future of one sort or another. Still, I predict that within my lifetime, the United States will arrest, try, and convict some parents for refusing to edit the genes of their child before he or she is born…
…it seems likely that gene editors will gain the ability to safely prevent some awful diseases, and that the holdouts who fear or morally object to their methods will dwindle more and more with every passing year.
Once they’re no more numerous or influential than, say, today’s Christian Scientists, the relevant politics will be quite changed. Holdouts who fear that gene editing is putting humanity on a slippery slope to disaster or who have religious objections…will conceive a child. If he or she is healthy all will be fine. But some holdouts will give birth to a child with a painful or fatal condition that could have been prevented.
People will get angry at those parents and seek to punish them.
Or at least that is the course I foresee.