Challenging believers in Jesus to think and act based on Bible truth.

Monday Challenge 10.7.13

It’s another Monday. Time for another round of articles I came across in the past week.  Take some time, sink into one or two (or all of them), and be challenged!

Link of the Week

Here are some sites that parents, children’s and youth workers should know about. They’re where young people are going after Facebook’s lure fades.

Question: Do you feel naive to such sites? Is it important that you know about them? Why or why not?

Christian Faith

1. So, the Pope is saying some pretty confusing things.  I gleaned a lot from this approach.

Question: Do you tend to judge too quickly? Does this article help you if you do?

2. Here’s an excellent example of how to hope in a difficult situation.

Question: Even if it seems like something is not right, do you approach it positively or negatively?

3. How worried should we be about climate change?

Question: What all goes into interpretation of scientific data?

4. Money: Are you a slave to your kids?

Question: What are one or two ways this article challenged you? I’m still processing this one. The premise is a difficult one!

5. Show this to a new believer. Or, if you’re a more mature believer, read it so you know what it’s like to be a new believer!

Question: How out of touch are you with new believers? If one came to you for help, would you know where to start?

Gambling

Here are 9 things to know about casinos.  Yes, this is a website by Christians, but it has good info nonetheless.

Question: Does this make you think about your opinion on gambling?

Monday Challenge 9.23.13

Another Monday is here. It’s time for your weekly dose of reading, thinking, and challenging. Enjoy! I’ll be back on Friday with a look at which link drew the most interest.

Link of the Week

If you don’t think religious liberty is being threatened, then think again.  Here’s an article that will give you a bird’s eye view into something happening right now in our nation’s military.

Question: Do you really believe your religious liberty will be threatened in the future?

The Christian Faith

1. This is not popular with culture, but it is Biblical.  This article highlights the four basic needs of women. The site seems pretty good too! Guys should read this!

Question: Men, how can we better meet the needs the women in our lives have?

2. Fathers, love your daughters.  It’s that simple.

Question: This article is a great thinker for why dads should connect with their daughters.  Does this make you think about “how”?

3. Why would a loving God punish anyone in Hell?

Question: If someone walked up to you on the street and asked you this, would you know how to answer?

4. Rick Warren and his wife were interviewed for the first time following their son’s suicide. He’s a pastor so I’m kind of curious to see how a pastor would handle something like this.  If you didn’t see the interview, you can read about it here.

Question: Does this help you understand what a Christian view of suicide should look like?

5. PARENTS: It’s not about you! Your parenting does not create the child. This article confirms that somebody else is thinking what I’ve been thinking.  Here’s one line to entice you: “It’s harder to ruin our kids than we think and harder to stamp them for success than we’d like.” – Kevin DeYoung

Monday Challenge 9.16.13

The noise of our street getting a new coat of pavement is sweet music to my ears.  Now, onto Monday’s challenge.  Enjoy some articles that will make you think. I found these as I browsed over the past week.  Friday I’ll post a feature with the article that is most clicked by the readers.

Link of the Week

Some would have us believe that the creation account is a story.  Further, some would have us believe that Adam and Eve were not real people. This article does a great job of showing the consequences of saying Adam and Eve weren’t real human beings.

Question: Does your belief in Genesis’ accuracy really have an implication on how you interpret the Bible?

The Christian Faith

1. Do people sing in church as much, especially men? Read this article for their point of view.

Question: Men, what is the main reason you do or don’t sing in a worship service?

2. This article talks about how to destroy your marriage before it begins.  There are very helpful hints in here about sexual intimacy prior to your marriage vs. in your marriage.

Question: If you’ve been married for several years, can you identify a difference in your thinking about sex now vs. pre-marriage?

3. For women, here is a great article about your identity.  I know it talks about Miley and we might just be tired of that, but get past that and think about how women are really finding their identity. (A good article for men to read, too)

Question: Does the Bible inform our identities more than culture does?

4. Christian history: take two minutes and read about this guy.

Question: Is it easy for you to think history is irrelevant?

Sports

The Big Ten is not a relevant football conference. I agree with this article very much.

Question: How much will the weakness of the conference hurt Ohio State?

Monday Challenge 9.9.13

It’s Monday.  This Monday has definitely been a challenge. I hope these articles are a good type of challenge in your life! Friday I’ll be along with a feature on the article that gets the most clicks.

Link of the Week

Is some sexual activity wrong? How you answer this question matters, and this article does a great job in helping you think about what’s going on in the world around us.

Question: If the world acknowledges some right and wrong, who decides where the line is drawn?

The Christian Faith

1. On Miley: I think it’s worth thinking on the topic. This article from a young woman in our church is helpful.

Question: Do double standards matter to you?

2. False teaching: When it’s appropriate to call someone out publicly.

Question: Do encouraging things people teach help weigh out the false things they say? Be careful here!

3. Youth: Here’s a great article for anyone parenting or working with youth. Challenge them!

Question: Do you ever wish the term “adolescence” wasn’t available to use?

4. Life: God really does have a plan – at all times.

Question: Are you frustrated your life hasn’t gone according to your plan?

5. Syria: This is an important topic. Very important.  Here are three Christian approaches to conflict. I found this article very helpful.

Question: Which of these three do you most align with? Why?

6. Two articles on parenting: 1) Are you introverted? Here are some tips. 2) Don’t push your kids too hard.  Have some perspective.

Question: If you read either article, which point is most helpful to you and why?

Technology

The iPhone really has had a dramatic effect on life in America, and especially those competing with its features.  Here’s a great article that helps think through the creative process and its consequences for others.

Question: Were you as surprised as I was about the car comment?

Monday Challenge 9.2.13

I hope you find some challenge in these articles. Check them out – I enjoy sharing! Friday, I’ll do a quick feature on the article that gets the most clicks.

Link of the Week

This is a good article. It should help think about the role of leaders, especially leaders of teens. Truth: we don’t need just a cool youth pastor.

Question: Do you see anyone in your life who is young in ministry that you could come along side?

The Christian Faith

1. Believers, are you in touch and in reach?

Question: Well, are you?

2. Do we think through our space this way?

Question: Do you think this intentionally about ministry and opening doors?

3. Two reasons people think the gospels are not reliable. Good reading here.

Question: Do you intentionally shore up your knowledge of your beliefs? Reading things like this can be a great place to start.

4. There really is a tough balance when it comes to church structure.

Question: Did this article shed any light into your thinking about church ministry pace and structure?

Sports

Very simply, this is why I love baseball.

Question: Do you have a hobby or interest that makes you think?

The Body and the Mind

Is there a link between what you have in your stomach and mental illness? Reading the whole article linked here is interesting if nothing else.

Question: Are you willing to think outside the medication box when it comes to mental issues?