#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

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Fighting for Hope: Trevin Wax

There are times in life when burdens threaten to overwhelm our hearts, when we walk through periods of pain for so long that we begin to feel numb to its presence, when numbness slides into a season of sorrow, which gives way to a sadness that turns into bleakness, and life loses its luster, and then, we despair.

Perhaps you’ve been in that place where hope seemed like a mirage, where happiness seemed so distant that you doubted you’d ever feel it again, where loneliness or grief descended upon you like a cloud. Most of us will relate to this experience at some point in our lives, and if we’ve not yet been there, we should prepare ourselves now for the dark night ahead.

The woes of turmoil stem from many different sources. Some people may be more inclined to these trials because of their temperament. For others, it may be brought on by unrelenting physical pain. For some, it is grief that leads us to this state, a feeling of numbness after a trauma or tragedy. For others, it may be that we’ve been on a spiritual mountaintop, and the Lord has now led us to the valley.

Whatever the cause—in these seasons, we must fight for hope. Psalm 42 instructs us how. …Read More.

7 Facts About Christianity and the Transgender Debate: Bruce Ashford

In recent years, gender dysphoria and transgenderism have taken center stage in American public life. Yet, in spite of their prominence, many Christians and churches feel unprepared to respond to transgender ideology or minister to individuals with gender dysphoria.  

In my interaction with pastors and churches over the past several years, I’ve found that there are certain questions that arise regularly, the answers to which are enormously helpful to Christians wishing to be effective witnesses in our transgender moment. Here are seven of those questions, along with brief answers. …Read More.

Most Christians See All Work as Sacred: Aaron Earls

Whether they agree with his theology or not, most American Christians agree with Martin Luther’s views on work.

In An Open Letter to the Christian Nobility, Luther criticized referring to religious occupations as “spiritual” and treating other areas of work as somehow less noble. He said this distinction was “a piece of deceit and hypocrisy.”

new study from Barna finds American Christians still carry on that Reformation tradition 500 years later.

When asked if it’s better for a Christian to become a pastor or missionary, or to represent their faith well in their place of work, almost two-thirds (64 percent) said neither is better than the other.

A quarter (25 percent) said it was better to represent their faith at work, while fewer (12 percent) said becoming a pastor or missionary was preferable. …Read More.