One of my former students recently posted about fundamentalist Christians. ... Reading the post, I thought, “This couldn’t be further from the way my family actually treats their neighbors, regardless of sexual ethics.” So I posted a reply. I posted a reply to someone I hadn’t spoken to in over decade, someone who lived in another state. I didn’t think the reply was insensitive; I was simply offering the truth wrapped in straightforward language. His reply was swift and stinging.
Talking about politics is a touchy and divisive minefield, too often characterized by arrogance, closed-mindedness, and inflexibility. Political scientist Amy Black reflects on how Christlike humility might change the game of politics.
Scholars studying rhetoric—public attempts at persuasion rooted in the political sphere—have utilized two simple rhetorical standards to judge speakers—the internal standard and the external standard. Can these standards help Christians gain clarity in how we should view Mr. Trump as a viable candidate?
Unfortunately, there is virtually no meaningful conversation between these two sets of citizens/politicians because of the prevalence of either/or thinking in the political realm: It’s my way or the highway. How can we hold our convictions faithfully while keeping our ears open? Humility and love have significant roles to play in authentic and gracious dialogue with others.
"We live in a moment, probably the most commodofied, commercialized, marketized culture in the history of the world. Every nook and cranny shot through with obsession with money-making and profit-taking."
What does it mean to love Jesus, your neighbor, and your enemy in the complicated context of the Syrian international refugee crisis? Charlene Choi investigates the story from the perspective of one family in Macedonia.
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