#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

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The three things evangelicals really want in a Supreme Court justice: Bruce Ashford

President Trump is expected to announce his nominee Monday to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. This nomination will be among the most significant actions of the Trump presidency and is generating an enormous amount of discussion and debate.

On the left, the rhetoric is heated and mostly centers on whether the nominee would try to overturn the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett – who the media report is a finalist in contention for the Supreme Court nomination – has been attacked on the abortion issue. The mainstream media have made sexist comments about her. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund accused her of racial prejudice.

Democratic congressional leaders – together with Planned ParenthoodNARAL Pro-Choice America and other left-leaning organizations – have launched a scorched-earth campaign against Coney Barrett in light of their perception that she will overturn Roe v. Wade if she becomes a Supreme Court justice.

On the right, the debate centers on which of President Trump’s highly qualified potential nominees will be chosen, and who would make the best justice.

Both sides agree that the confirmation of Kennedy’s successor is a major event that could have profound implications for our nation over the next several decades.

And, as I argue in “Letters to an American Christian,” there are three things American citizens – especially evangelical conservatives – should hope for in a Supreme Court nominee. …Read More.

Remembering David Hesselgrave (1924–2018): Greg Mathias

The longest shadows are cast just before sunset. David Hesselgrave’s life and work burned brightly while on earth, and he continues to cast a long shadow of legacy even after his death at age ninety-four. I count it an honor to stand on his shoulders as a Christian brother, missiologist, and servant in God’s kingdom.

Hesselgrave and his wife, Gertrude, served as missionaries with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) in Japan for twelve years. After this time, he returned to the US to direct the missions department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). Hesselgrave gave shape to the missions faculty, which in turn wielded tremendous influence within the world of evangelical missiology.

He held this post from 1965 until his retirement in 1991. Hesselgrave was also instrumental, along with Donald McGavran, in founding the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS). This organization exists to catalyze missions leaders and scholars in order to advance the thinking and doing of evangelical missiology consistent with an orthodox biblical perspective.

In considering Hesselgrave’s influence and impact, his work has taught me four things. …Read More.

Ten things I would do more often if I were pastoring again: Chuck Lawless

Because of my love for the local church and for pastoring, I think often about that role. I reflect on joys and blessings of my fourteen years of pastoring, but I also remember mistakes I made. If I were pastoring again, I would do these things more often. …Read More.

5 Research Findings on How Teens Use Technology: Chris Martin

Teenagers drive culture more than any other age group in the United States. But this probably isn’t news to you because it’s pretty much always been the case.

I am always interested in how teenagers are using technology, especially their smartphones. I am a student minister at our church and I am always asking our students about the social media platforms they use, the YouTube channels they watch, and more.

Just last week, Pew Research Center published a new study on how teenagers are using technology. It is a gold mine. How teenagers use technology has massive effects on how adults will be using technology in the near future.

Surveying teens is rare. So this is a valuable study.

Here are some of the key findings. …Read More.