This post is random updates, links, and thoughts to share:
- My recent post: “Identity and self worth – who are you? Let’s reconsider the questions we ask people” received a positive reception. I was able to broach this topic with a group of Christians in “real life” (not online) and received further positive input. And one individual shared another reason to not pointedly ask about someone’s employment. Their former pastor tried to avoid it being known that he was a pastor when socializing. Why? He wasn’t trying to hide it, but typically when people discovered he was a pastor, they behaved differently. He just wanted to be treated like a regular guy, and not have the dynamic of the atmosphere change.
- The Shack will soon be out as a movie. My concerns with The Shack have little to do with Papa being portrayed as a woman, but with doctrinal problems regarding the Trinity and Jesus. Here is a review of the book. “While some readers are giving high praise to this novel, it is actually a dangerous book. Its view of the Trinity is inadequate, its view of Christ is unorthodox, and its view of salvation is inaccurate.”
- I continue to be flummoxed by support of Trump by certain evangelicals. Some seem so blind to their inconsistency. One example: I stumbled upon a Christian on social media whose name was “deny yourself” and their picture contained a Trump logo! Of note, I am reading a secular book about the narcissism epidemic published in 2009 and Donald Trump is mentioned twice early on in the book (Joel Osteen too). Obsession with self and Christianity are polar opposites.
- Sadly, perhaps you heard the news yesterday that World Relief is laying off employees and closing offices – directly related to the decision by the Trump Administration to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the United States. Article from The Washington Post here: Citing Trump, evangelical agency that resettles refugees to lay off 140 staff, close five locations.
- Recently seen on twitter: “Parents who would never leave their kids unattended in a room full of pornographic DVDs think nothing of handing them smartphones.” – Parents have got to get their heads out of the sand! Please parents. Watch this brief video from a professional that summarizes key info from a symposium that was held in the Capital in the summer of 2015 about this public health crisis.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/138125787″>Why is Finding a Solution to the Public Health Crisis from Pornography so Difficult? | Ernie Allen | US Capitol Symposium</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/endsexualexploitation”>Center On Sexual Exploitation</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>