Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

— Mark Twain

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3, NLT)

#VALIDATIONVIASOCIALMEDIA?

Do you use social media to draw attention to yourself? Do you worry about the number of likes and comments you get? Since we sometimes do permissible—or even good—things for bad reasons, it is worth considering what characterizes and motivates your e-behavior. Could it be that deep down you are using social media to find validation from others? More importantly, when God looks under the surface into the recesses of your heart (Jeremiah 17:10), what does He find?

If we’re honest, we can acknowledge that we often look for others to subdue our fears and help us feel important instead of letting God meet our deepest needs. Accordingly, social media can be the arena where people-pleasers go to binge. Read on »

Refusal to retaliate against injustice is only tolerable if one is assured of justice eventually.

Thielman, Theology of The New Testament

Repost via Anthony Bradley, professor of theology and ethics at The King’s College in New York:

Two of my heroes who promoted racial reconciliation after the civil rights movement are J. Deotis Roberts and John M. Perkins. In different ways these two men both wanted to see the church of Jesus Christ provide a post civil rights era image of racial unity and peace. While there has been much progress, many of their dreams have yet to come true.

But I am convinced that the church will only be able to lead society on race if it moves beyond reconciliation and pursues racial solidarity, which means embracing our common human dignity (Genesis 1:26-28) as a human family in ways that celebrate and respect differences between ethnic communities for the common good. This is beyond the failed concept of “color-blindness” and recognizes the importance of racial, ethnic, and ideological differences as a catalyst for loving our neighbor’s well (Matthew 22:36-40; John 17).

As such, I believe racial reconciliation has largely failed for four reasons:

  1. Racial reconciliation fails to interrogate white privilege. There is no denying the dominant cultural group in America is Caucasians. Being a white person in America comes with many unarticulated advantages. In 1988, Peggy McIntosh launched a national discussion by suggesting a framework to engage this discussion-a topic that evangelicals have yet to explore. White privilege has been defined this way: “A right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by white persons beyond the common advantage of all others; an exemption in many particular cases from certain burdens or liabilities.” Read on »

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

- Proverbs 25:28

The unexamined life is not worth living.

- Socrates

…the manner in which Satan does this [blinds minds] is through sowing corrupt ideologies and destructive patterns of life within creation, luring humanity to live in ways that are enslaving and oppressing. Satan is, after all, “the ruler of the power of the air,” the realm of ideologies, cultural prejudices, and well-worn patterns of thought. In this role he controls “the spirit that is now at work among those who are now disobedient (Eph. 2:2)”.

- Tim Gombis, Paul: A Guide for the Perplexed, 50.

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder—a waif, a
nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such
strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.

- Thomas Carlyle

When a basketball player hits 50 years of age it’s time to ice the knees and reflect on the glory years.

Not for these guys.

Determined to prove they’ve still got game they ventured down to Goat Park in Harlem to take on a team half their age.


Whatever worries you, masters you.”
- John Locke

While leaving your child at a playground w/a cell phone is asking for trouble… though I would probe some of the class stuff a bit more, the larger point being made is interesting; “there are diminishing returns to helicopter parenting”.
- See the full article here.