If We’re More Connected Than Ever, Why Are We So Lonely?

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I hate notifications. Which makes me hate my smartphone. Which makes me long for the days of my Motorola Razr, but alas, we are an incredibly connected society.

We “like” one another’s pictures of our kids, our coffee cups and our devotional reading (always with a nice Valencia filter) on Instagram. We argue ideas and post ridiculous memes on Facebook. We retweet one another and send the occasional message on Voxer. Texting has become so common and accepted that there are no longer boundaries on the appropriate times of day to text. Most people even expect you to reply to their text within a matter of seconds. I’ve spoken with multiple people who suffer mild anxiety over the seemingly long time intervals between exchanged texts (which, let’s be honest, are now mostly emojis or gifs) with a friend or significant other. When I began dating my wife, we both had flip-phones. It took what felt like an hour to pound out a 3-4 word text on those things. So, I felt no stress if she did not text me back immediately because I knew she was likely texting me the whole time.

My point is that we’ve never experienced this level of connectivity in human history, and yet we are increasingly lonely. …Read More.

Should Millennials Care about Economics?

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Results-driven. Globally-oriented. Civic-minded.

We often use these to describe millennials. These characteristics are ideal for the field of economics, yet, ironically, many millennials have a minimal interest in this essential area of life. This seems to be especially true among evangelical millennials. While there may be some good (or at least logical) reasons for this phenomenon, in light of a robust Christian worldview, this trend needs to be reversed. Let’s look at this topic more closely. …Read More.

Bittersweet Reflections on our Call to Adopt

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Four years, two months and nineteen days. That’s how long it took for my husband and me to complete our first international adoption and bring our daughter home. Unfortunately, that length is becoming more and more common for international adoption timelines. Even more unfortunate are the number of international adoptions that are never completed due to country closures, government law changes and the deaths of children waiting to come home.

We knew it would be hard, and we were even prepared for the journey to take a couple of years, but we never could have expected the journey the Lord was leading us on. We faced so many setbacks and disappointments. I remember often expressing to my husband in some of my darkest moments that I didn’t want to hope anymore – I wanted to be callous, indifferent and unaffected by the next wave of turmoil. In comforting one another we would often share the same refrain, “I don’t know how much more I can bear.” For more than three years we had no face, no name of the child for whom we were praying. For more than three years we wondered at times if we were fighting a losing battle. …Read More.

7 Abraham Kuyper Quotes on Faith and Culture

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Abraham Kuyper isn’t a household name, but Kuyper was a Christian who critiqued and made culture. In a separate post, Bruce Ashford writes,

Abraham Kuyper lived in the Netherlands in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was a pastor, a journalist, a newspaper founder, a professor, a university founder, a parliament member and a prime minister. From these many vantage points, Kuyper sought to work out the implications of the gospel.

Here are seven quotes from Abraham Kuyper on how faith intersects with multiple parts of culture. …Read More.

Does Luke Want All Christians To Be Poor? (Part 1)

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No house slave is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he, himself, will be devoted to one and think little of the other. You are not able to serve God and wealth. Now the Pharisees, who were being lovers of money, were hearing all these things and were ridiculing him [Jesus].

— Luke 16:13–14[1]

Luke’s Gospel has been the focus of numerous studies on wealth and poverty, and, as the longest New Testament (NT) document, Luke is integral to our understanding of faith, work, and economics (FWE). Popular approaches to Luke’s teachings include: a “prosperity” approach that views Luke through the windows of wealth,[2] and a “liberation/social” approach that understands Luke from the plight of the poor.[3] However, both approaches are problematic.

For example, the so-called “prosperity” approach equates spiritual health with material wealth. Like Job’s “friends”—who assumed that, given Job’s suffering and lack, Job was an egregious sinner (Job 4:7–8; 22:5)—many prosperity proponents believe that wealth is indicative of godly living. Luke reveals that this statement may (Luke 7:5; 19:1–10) or may not (Luke 12:16–21; 18:18–25) be true. Christians should not give merely to receive (Luke 6:34–35). The gift of salvation is free (Rom 5:15–16; Eph 2:8–9). …Read More.