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

Friday Feature 5.27.16 – Women Teaching in Church

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Every Friday the article featured got the most clicks from the Monday Challenge post that same week.

Check out this week’s feature article:

Women Teaching Men – How Far Is Too Far?

A couple of my own thoughts:

1. Know the intent of the article.

The article does not seek to evaluate all viewpoints. It operates within a Biblical framework, as detailed, where men primarily teach and lead local churches. The author’s intent involves what influence women should have when this is your view. She challenges the heart, seeking to avoid a rigorous system for decision making.

2. Christians need discernment.

We need discernment to apply the Bible’s teachings. Articles like this help. It may come easily to say this sounds harsh toward women, when in reality it limits itself to direct Biblical teaching and goes from there. The gray area comes in the levels of influence the author deems correct within the Biblical framework.

3. When people disagree.

I know women pastors and women who hold positions in churches which allow them to teach men. Showing love in those situations is my preference, despite a biblical understanding which disagrees.  I know women can have great influence in the body of Christ and I certainly affirm that.

Think. This article should challenge your thinking about relationships between men and women in the local church.

Act. Act in love in disagreement. The real challenge may come in seeking further understanding on the topic.

Friday Feature 5.20.16 – Good Thoughts On Kids and Screen Time

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Every Monday I post articles. One of those gets more clicks than the others. That one makes for that week’s Friday Feature!

Today’s feature: Why Referring to “Screen Time” May Not Be Helpful to You or Your Kids.

As always, I urge you read the article if you didn’t on Monday.

Then, also as always, let me add a few thoughts here:

1. The best point?

Consumption or no? What a good way to evaluate technology. Consuming can, well, consume lots of time in the pursuit of often mindless entertainment. Technology can find use in creating – art, photo work, video, learning, etc. Not all screen time is equal.

This one helped me think through what I really want to regulate as a parent, and what I want to encourage.

2. Time in general.

Time in general can be measured by producing or consuming. Obviously a life spent consuming entertainment of pleasure sounds great, but can lead to apathy and laziness pretty quickly.

As summer approaches, I know our home will have some good discussions about producing vs. consuming.

Think. What percentage of time consuming is too much for the average kid?

Act. Will you join me in thinking of ways to ensure both “technology time” and time in general is well spent?

 

Friday Feature 5.13.16 – Discipling Children

 

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Read the article from Monday which got the most clicks:

Bringing Our Children to Jesus

Once you’ve read it, check out a few of my thoughts below.

1. Exposure to God’s Word

I’m glad for the emphasis on exposing kids to God’s Word. Parents can employ any number of tactics fold this into family life. Any way possible, let your kids know you’re serious about God’s Word!

2. Simple.

None of the rest of the suggestions exactly blow one’s mind, do they?

The indication? Discipling happens more due to intentionality than the greatest program. Christians have proven their effectiveness to package and market models for discipleship. Simple intentionality in many cases will do just as well.

Think. How has home influence shaped you? How is it shaping your family?

Act. Well…implement any of the suggestions in this article!

Friday Feature 5.6.16 – Sex Change Surgery History and Facts

 

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A topic like this may not scream “fun”! But, it draws interest as the culture around us changes quickly. Read Monday’s most popular link here:

What Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, and you should know about sex change surgery.

A couple catch all thoughts about this article:

1. Does the history and tragedy behind this procedure help you understand it better?

We should always seek to understand the world around us. Facts like these can and should shape the way we talk about important issues. Do you get your information from a variety of sources?

2. Does it bring about compassion?

Honestly, I feel terrible for people struggling with gender identity issues. An article like this only breaks my heart. Makes me want to do something.

3. Well…

Hey Kevin, if you want to do something, then suggest something. It is called “Thought Driven ACTION, isn’t it?” To be honest, my thinking is still in the developmental stages. Engaging people with the truth of God’s design, creation, and identity with which He creates us must be a good place to start. Other suggestions?

Think. Do you seek information that helps you think about issues from all sides?

Act. As with anything, it’s hard to do anything about an issue unless you’re willing to engage it somehow. Prayer, yes (NOT a cliche). Teaching and speaking (with great heaps of love), yes. Beyond that….?

Friday Feature 4.29.16 – Listen to Small Church Pastors

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So Friday Feature finally returns. I’m hoping to blog a little more consistently now that some major calendar mile markers are in rear view.

The most clicked article from Monday’s post?

Listen to the Little Guy Too.

Please read the article. Then check out a few of my own thoughts:

1. Disclaimers help.

To see Wilson’s disclaimer prevents the reader from making unfair assumptions.

2. I disagree with some of the points.

I know he warns of using generalizations. But from my view the generalizations defeat the purpose of the disclaimers. Hard for me to get past. Shepherding, contentment, and what really matters can be found in all sizes of churches. Wilson seems to say they are more likely to be found in smaller churches. The best case is he really means they can be found where people don’t think they exist. It just doesn’t come across that way.

3. I agree…

differences exist. Different sizes of churches can meet different needs. I think small church pastors should be encouraged. The average evangelical should know more about the culture of the average small church they don’t attend. Leaders of smaller churches can definitely give a different perspective, often helpful.

Think. If you attend a larger church, can you say good things about people and leaders at small churches? Or, if you attend a smaller church, can you speak with graciousness about larger churches?

Act. If the answers to the above questions