Don’t Pull That Trigger (Warning)!

Welcome to the ranks another liberal idea that is making the very problem it is aimed at worse: trigger warnings on college campuses. As you may know, faculty these days are encouraged to issue “trigger warnings” for sensitive or controversial topics and reading material. Because we wouldn’t want a vulnerable student to be upset by uncomfortable ideas. (UCLA went so far as to issue guidelines attempting to prohibit potential microaggressive phrases like “America is a melting pot,” “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” “Gender plays no part in who we hire” and “America is the land of opportunity.” For the record, I don’t use trigger warnings of any kind, because I only go in for full-tilt boogie macroaggressions.)

There’s a brand new article just out in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychology by three Harvard psychologists that Charles Murray has tagged as offering the best headline of the year (and thus making life interesting for these three Harvard professors at their next department meeting):

via Don’t Pull That Trigger (Warning)! | Power Line

Hilarious!

#society #microagressions #trigger-warnings

He Holds the Key

This little item popped out during my journaling time today. You might find a tune for it.

In Christ is all my satisfaction,
To joy he holds the key;
He knows my heart’s true direction,
He knows and cares for me.

#poetry #joy #Christ

Almost half of Americans are lonely

Decades of research substantiate the devastating effects of social isolation. Loneliness is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases the risk of death by 26-45%, which is on par with risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and lack of exercise. —Advisory.com

The Lord established the church as the home of the lonely people, among other things. Where people are united, reconciled, forgiven, fellowshipped, and loved.

Let us welcome the lonely into our congregations and make a place for those who have no real relationship in their lives.

#loneliness

Video: Do we really love God?

Our friend Ron Jackson spoke last Sunday in the Broadview congregation on love for God:

Ron is based in Florida and has been to Brazil numerous times and has spoken to congregations in our area. He is an employee of Embraer.

#video #love #sermons

New discovery highlights Bible’s reliability

Scholars are all agog over a new discovery. What is being heralded as the oldest known artefact of Homer’s “Odyssey” records 13 verses of the epic poem on a tablet. The tablet is dated to the 3rd century AD. The poem, along with the “Iliad,” is believed to have been written in the 8th century BC. That’s over a thousand-year interval, but it’s still considered a trustworthy witness to Homer’s work. Continue reading

#authenticity-of-the-scriptures, #bible

Divine Gift

Divine gift, blessed fire of light and heat,
That pillar to lead and shield, with God nearby —
Maker of peace where Lord and people meet —
Idolatrous altar where sons pass through and die.

#poetry #fire

A mighty powerful foe

Ron T. has a memorable post about the American Memorial Day. Among the good sentiments he shares is this:

Not to be out-shone at all, but to be elevated to the highest pedestal available are those who take up the armor of God. In its own right, a far greater battle in which each is engaged (cf. 1 Peter 2:11). When one takes up the armor of God, he (she) can no longer take up his personal way of thinking and engage an enemy; instead, one must take up a new way of thinking and engage the enemy within (cf. Gal. 2:20). Satan is a mighty powerful foe, a foe so strong there is no chance we will be victorious if we engage him on our own terms. In fact, Satan desires that we think we can. He never loses!

#memorial-day, #quotes, #satan

Notes: Inseparable love, Romans 8

Elsewhere it was observed that the first notes in my new Bible were on Romans 8.28-39. They were mere memory ticklers, since I often preach without notes or with just key words. But they might set off some good thoughts for you, so here they are:

  1. Action of God, 28.
  2. Gift of God, 32.
  3. Justification of God, 32-34.
  4. Conquering love of God, 35-39.

In the first part of the chapter, the Holy Spirit appears. In the second half, however, God the Father comes to the fore. The little outline above reflects that.

#god, #romans, #sermon-notes

Suggestions for wives

Stephen Bradd has good suggestions here. He deals with several attitudes:

“There are women who are thinking to themselves right now: ‘I’m better qualified than my husband is to be in charge. I’m smarter and therefore better qualified to lead.'”

http://www.audioevangelism.com/lessons/2007/transcripts/AE_2007_05_25_text.htm

#marriage #wife

Destination reached

Destination of a long journey reached. Needed: rest, food, bath. So have travelers in all eras required after a trek, be it on foot, by Roman cargo ship, by carriage, or by a metal tube hurtling through the skies.

The Lord answered prayer for safe travels and, above and beyond, removed a traveler from our three-seat section so that the Missus and I had some extra space.

On arrival, a beautiful study Bible awaited me, gracious gift from a good friend. Did son and family get neglected for a few minutes while said Scripture got examined with care? The debate is open.

#travel

Short exhortations

You might be interested in this short exhortation on wanting heaven for yourself and for others: http://randal.us/want-heaven/

It’s a part of a series, called “O Soul,” that you just might see published later this year in a little bitty book. http://randal.us/tag/o-soul/

It’s spiritual self-talk that I need to hear. I pray it speaks to you as well.

If you want, you can sign up to the site for them, but you’ll get other micro-posts as well. Just be aware of that.

#exhortation #links #spirituality

Church as destination

Definition of terms is always appropriate, especially here:

Church not a destination? Depends on your definition of church.

If the church is God’s present manifestation of his kingdom, absolutely that’s my destination.

#church

No, alcohol doesn’t have a safe level

That’s what I get from this article.

https://www.vox.com/2018/4/24/17242720/alcohol-health-risks-facts

What they’ve been telling us is wrong.

#alcohol #drinking

What’s the birth date of your church?

The United Methodist Church is celebrating 50 years of its birth with the merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968. An article published today interviewed witnesses who recalled the birth of the new denomination.

The article’s title reminds one of Jesus’ words in Mark 9.1: “I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” The original witnesses to the new manifestation of God’s kingdom, in the church, have long passed away. Continue reading

#church, #denominationalism

How to read the Bible more with little effort

Some browsers (I use Brave) allow you to define what you will see when you open up a new tab. If you’d like a new way to put Scripture always before you, do this:

1. In your browser settings, choose to open “home page” whenever a new tab is opened. (In Brave and, probably, other Chromium derivatives, it’s in General Settings.)

2. Set your home page to this link.

Now, whenever you open a new tab, a random verse from the NET Bible will appear.

Enjoy!

(This is not a substitute for planned Bible reading, but it’s another fine option for getting the Word of God before your eyes, as per Deut 6.6-9.)

#bible-reading, #web-browsers