5 Attitudes Toward Someone With Whom You Disagree

We live in a generally uncivil world (because we are fallen creatures) and we are in the midst of an uncivil season (Campaign 2012). I don't buy the idea that this is the "most negative campaign we've ever had." One only needs to read biographies of the American founders (unless written by David Barton) to realize the human capacity to savage one another was alive and well in the golden years of America's founding. Still, technologies, the proliferation of campaign spending, and the insidious, but effective tool of dishonest 30-second TV ads all add to a very uncivil culture. For Christians, it can be difficult to know how to engage in an uncivil culture and in an uncivil season. On the one hand we want to stand boldly for truth, speaking prophetically to our culture and wisely steward our rare gift of shaping our government. On the other, we're commanded by...

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The Echo Chamber of Leadership

Unless you were living under a rock (in which case I envy you, actually), you read, heard, or watched the brouhaha surrounding Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, a staunchly prolife candidate who conflated issues of rape with abortion. What he said on TV was not only horrific, it offended a lot of people and essentially the entire conservative movement has abandoned him. There's a lot of lessons to be learned in Mr. Akin's fall. One is that it matters not simply that we have the right positions, but that we articulate them well in the public square. Words do matter. But there's another lesson I think we can learn from Mr. Akin's foibles. My friend, Matt Lewis, a political writer for the Daily Caller, says this incident may not have happened had Todd Akin had some experienced political hands around him to prevent this sort of public debacle. But apparently, the Akin...

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Wanted: 10 Book Bloggers

I'm continually working to get the word out about my book, Real, Owning Your Christian Faith. I really believe in the message of this book: that those who grew up in the faith are as desperate for God as those who haven't. So, I'm looking for ten bloggers willing to blog about my book this way: 1) Write a substantive review and/or 2) Conduct an interview with me 3) Send at least two-three messages on social networks like Facebook and Twitter Now, I have some qualifications to ensure the message gets out in a timely fashion and to a wide swath of readers: You must be a regular blogger, which means you post something at least two times a week.  You must have a decent following on social networks. You don't have to have a million followers, but a least a few hundred.  You need to post a review and/or interview by the middle of September. You don't have to,...

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5 Things Love Isn’t

Perhaps there is nothing the human heart craves more than true love. We are wired to love and be loved. The problem is that we don't actually understand what love really is. We get all kinds of definitions from the culture and from our own feelings. In fact, I think it's helpful to think a little bit, not about what love is but what love isn't. So here are five things love isn't: 1) Love Isn't Having Someone Fulfill All My Fanciful Dreams   When we think about the love between a husband and wife, we often think of that "soulmate", that person who just magically fits into all the areas I need and will make my life better. These expectations, which we carry into marriage, do more to derail relationships than anything else.But this is really humanistic thinking. It views the other person as a benefactor that must meet all of my needs. But God didn't purpose...

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