Archive | August, 2015

You can’t keep a good man down? – Tullian Tchividjian and the Spotlight

28 Aug

Tullian’s Current Twitter Image

We have all heard the expression, “You can’t keep a good man down.”  While there are situations where this expression rings true, there are other situations when staying “down” might be the best thing to do.

Tullian Tchividjian – “Evangelical Posterchild”, writer, author, and speaker – was the Lead Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church until June when it became public that he had been involved in an affiar.  Here is more about the story.

Since his resignation, Tullian has been defensive about his continued use of social media during this dark time in his life.  He has 107k twitter followers, and regularly tweets.  Recently, most of his tweets focus on pain, sin, and his grandson.

Tullian has said that he is “tempted to hide until [he is] ‘shiny’ again,” if he did [hide], he would “undermine the message” the work of God.  (As if the work of God is dependent on him?)  Time to be real – Twitter is about product and personal promotion.

Tullian is doing more than tweeting these days.  I recently listened to a podcast produced by Vanderbloemen Podcast  which featured Tullian  on the topic of “Recovering after You have Failed.”

I was a little shocked by the title (which may not have been his choice).

I was a little shocked by the timing.  He resigned from his church at the end of June.  It has been less than two months since since he stepped down.  I am not sure that two months is enough time to comprehend his failure.  I am positive that it is not enough time to speak about recovering after his failure.

I listened to the podcast, and here are a few thoughts that stood out to me.

  1.  Half of the podcast focused on his “Amazing Past.”  During this time, he was definitely still on his well-rehearsed preaching and teaching pedestal.
  2.  He wonders what type of person he had become.  Great question because nothing warps people more than power (especially when it is spiritual power).
  3. Adultery is a “Career Killer” for the pastor.

Should Christians raise this Evangelical Leader back to his pedestal applauding the message of grace?

Please Note:

The giving and receiving of grace is not up to us as Christians – God alone is the Giver of Grace.

However, as Christians we do make choices about who we follow, listen to, and purchase their resources.  We desire leadership, and are quick to pick up the latest “Christian” trend-setters.  (It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 3:4 which says, For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,”).

If in twenty years, I hear that Tullian has wrestled with his heart, healed his marriage,  fought for his family, and clung to faith as he sought new life and vocation.  Then – I would pay GREAT money to hear his story and learn from his journey.    

What are your thoughts?

Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources.  david in hat

 

Hillary Clinton’s Tweet Angers Millennials – What we can learn about Intergenerational Relationships

20 Aug

Hillary Clinton has relented to months of demands that she relinquish the personal email server she used while secretary of state, directing the device be given to the U.S. Department of Justice.

As soon as I heard the tweet, I knew it would not go over well with Millennials.

This past week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted this message in order to draw support from younger voters:

Clinton - college debt

The first line is incredible. 

Millennials are concerned about educational  debt.  As student debt loads continue to climb, politicians and church leaders should be aware of the struggles of today’s emerging adults.

The second line is a disaster…

The problem is that the tweet makes an assumption that emerging adults are limited in their ability to communicate with emojis (a word that many people are still learning to say or spell). Emojis originated in Japan, and they are small pictures that are used to display thoughts, or emotions.

Here are a few of the angry responses to the Tweet:

clinton emojis1

clinton emojis2

Here is the article.

Please do not perceive this article to be a political statement.  I share this article to show churches and parents that we must truly understand Millennials, and not simply make assumptions about their generation.

Three quick take-a-ways:

1.  Millennials do not rely on emojis for their main means of communication.

2.  Millennials want to be treated like adults.

3.  Millennials care about college debt.

Treat Millennials like adults.  They have something to say.  

david in hat - blackDr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources.  If  he can help you and your community understand the needs and beliefs of emerging adults, please contact him at gdavid@earesources.org.

Has the age of Christian Apologetics ended?

18 Aug

More Than a Carpenter  -     By: Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell
When I was in high school, I worked for a Christian bookstore.  I didn’t make any money because I was constantly buying new books and cassette tapes.  I still remember being the first of our town to discover this brand new video called “Veggie Tales” (who would have guessed that singing vegetables would have become so popular?).

I bought Christian classics, commentaries, and anything that I thought would help me grow in my relationship with Christ.  Among my purchases were a few books by Josh McDowell.  He was a best-selling author due to his focus on Christian Apologetics (rational defense of a Christian worldview).  His most famous book, “More Than a Carpenter” has sold over 15 million copies.  In this book, Josh presents the argument that Jesus must be either a liar, lunatic, or Lord (the argument has been up-dated by others to include “Legend”).  It is a fantastic read, and I encourage you to check it out.

As our culture has shifted from modernism (rule of reason) to post-modernism, the rational defense of Christianity no longer produces best sellers.  I found an article that discusses how the role of Apologetics has shifted away from a rational defense.

CLICK HERE 

I hope that you will read the article by Peter Enns and ponder.  Feel free to share your thoughts.

Fight Naked! 3 Types of Marital Fights and How to Seek Reconciliation

11 Aug

Fight Naked! 3 Types of Marital Fights and How to Seek Reconciliation

Within seconds of reading this post, I was literally laughing out loud.

You will too!

So please click here, and check out this post that talks about conflict within marriage, and how to work towards reconciliation.

Here is the summary that they provided:

  1. Fight naked: literally and figuratively. Keep it light whenever possible and be transparent always.
  2. Fight with love as your backdrop. If you stray from this, you’re wrong. Love must motivate you to seek reconciliation, otherwise you’re just being selfish.
  3. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you can, get over it. Have thick skin. Let some things go, and seek to understand before you seek to be understood.
  4. If all seems lost: pray hard and trust God.

The blog is written by Ryan and Selena Frederick, and contains tons of articles and resources to encourage and strengthen your marriage.  Be sure to check out their shareable content where they provide artwork to send a free message to someone special in your life.

A Thief in Paradise

6 Aug

I know my crimes. They are real, and so is my sentence. I know my victims, and have seen their sufferings. I could give you many reasons why I did what I did, but you wouldn’t really care. It is too late for me. Now I will bear my own suffering. I am ready. Continue reading

The Benefits of Pay for Sex

4 Aug

Over the week, I came across a funny (and true) blog post that I wanted to share.

Here is the link!

It came from the website http://www.donotdisturbblog.com.  A website that is written by a Justin and Meagan who write on topics of Friendship, Unity, and Intimacy in marriage from the Christian perspective.

Enjoy!

 

 

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