Learning to Eat Again: Confessions of a Man with an Eating Disorder

eat.JPG

I am one of the 3% of people who do not regain weight after significant weight loss. I used to weigh over 300 pounds, and I got my weight down to 205. Praise God for physical health! But what did it cost? As Christians, the intersection of our faith and health must result in the proper stewardship of our bodies – this expands not just to the scale, blood pressure and cholesterol, but to physical, mental and emotional health as well.

When I lost 100 pounds, I also lost a lot of self-respect for my body and gained tendencies that are congruent with eating disorders. Because I was so focused on the mirror, I actually cultivated an unhealthy relationship with food.

How we care for and view our bodies’ health magnifies what we give ultimate importance. Is it vanity? Is it indulgence? Or is it self-control and stewardship? …Read More.

What to Expect When No One’s Expecting

expect.JPG

Overpopulation fears are vastly overstated. As surprising as it may seem, the bigger threat is population decline. In 1979, for example, the world’s fertility rate was roughly 6 children per couple; today it’s just 2.52. Moreover, birthrates are falling everywhere. In fact, only 3 percent of the world’s population lives in a country whose fertility rate is not declining.

This decline is especially apparent in the West, where America’s birthrate has fallen to a record low for the second straight year. At 1.93 children per couple, America does have the highest birthrate of any western nation, yet we still fall below the rate needed to sustain our population (2.1 children per couple). In other words, if it weren’t for immigration, our population would be dwindling. Forget ‘be fruitful and multiply’—we aren’t even replacing ourselves. …Read More.

#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

iamgoing.jpeg

3 Ways to Communicate Truth in a Fake News Era: Bruce Ashford

Recently, the Pew Research Center published a study demonstrating Americans have difficulty distinguishing between fact and opinion. Only 26 percent of adults correctly identified five factual statements as such, and only 35 percent were able to do the same for five opinion statements.

The research also found we’re significantly more likely to consider something “factual” rather than “opinion” when it favors the narrative of our preferred political party or confirms a pre-existing bias. …Read More.

Scripture Before Phone, and Other Habits That Could Change Your Life: Trevin Wax

We underestimate the power of habits, especially those we adopt unconsciously, as a result of our busy and hurried lives. We like to think of ourselves as spontaneous and authentic in our worship and work, when in reality we’re enslaved to habits and patterns that dominate our waking moments. As a consequence, we are wonderless in an age of wonders. Our technology has only freed us up . . . to live like slaves. …Read More.

What Happens Every Time You Read the Bible: J.D. Greear

Every time we encounter the Word of God, an unseen world of spiritual forces is at work. We don’t usually think about this, since our experience—for instance, reading the Bible or listening to a sermon—feels so patently mundane. But read Jesus’ first parable in Matthew 13 and you’ll gain a renewed sense of weightiness for the moment when our lives and God’s Word intersect.

Every time you encounter the Word of God, you bring one of four “hearts.” …Read More.

Convenience Store Christianity: Chuck Lawless

I’ve recently been with believers from another part of the world, and I was again reminded that our brothers and sisters around the world often pay a heavier price than we pay to follow Christ. I don’t want to overstate the case here—as I really do believe that many, many believers I know truly love the Lord and have dedicated their lives to Him—but much of North American Christianity seems to be what I call “Convenience Store Christianity.” I’ll let you determine the comparisons. …Read More.

How to Respond to a Crisis

crisis-sam.jpeg

In a recent post, we examined how to deal with crisis on a personal level. Now, let’s talk about how to deal with crisis on a public level.

There are tons of ways for organizations to prepare for, walk through and move forward from crises. However, let’s focus in on our individual response.

So, when we experience a whole range of crises from a tsunami killing an estimated 230,000 to the reoccurrence of police involved shootings with unarmed black men to economic bubbles bursting, how do we publicly respond? …Read More.