Are You the Same Person Online That You Are In Person?

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I love Facebook’s “Memories” feature. This option allows me to view my yearly posts on that date since I started a Facebook account.  

As I look back, I regret some posts because the world did not need to know I was “ready for summer” or “tired of school.” There are others posts I would word differently or not share at all today. This feature is humbling, really.

Millennials like me make up the first generation to spend its formative years on social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Social media came so swiftly that the church and society are only now learning more about its effects on individuals.

One of those effects based on observation (including my own “Memories” posts) is the ability to check parts of ourselves at social media’s front door when we get ready to share our thoughts. …Read More.

#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

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Missionaries You Should Know: George Liele: Lesley Hildreth

One of the most significant figures in the history of Christian missions is a freed Georgia slave named George Liele. Even though William Carey may be called the father of the modern missionary movement, George Liele left America and planted the gospel in Jamaica a full ten years before Carey left England. …Read More.

Why the Supreme Court's NIFLA decision has pro-life Americans feeling so grateful: Bruce Ashford

The 5-4 Supreme Court decision Tuesday striking down a California law requiring pro-life pregnancy support centers to advertise government-funded abortions raises two significant questions:

First, why do many evangelical Christians and Catholics care so deeply about the issues of abortion?

And second, do other Americans have reason to care about this issue deeply as well?

In its ruling, the Supreme Court overturned a California law requiring pregnancy support centers to inform women they serve about the state’s family planning services, which include providing abortions. The high court said the requirement violates the First Amendment of the Constitution because it mandates that the pregnancy support centers promote something they oppose – abortion. …Read More.

8 Divine Intersections We Must Not Take For Granted: Chuck Lawless

I often speak of “divine intersections,” which I define as “relationships we can describe only as God-given.” Sometimes the way they happen is so unique that it’s almost impossible not to see God in the process. In other situations, God just gives us a supernatural love and respect for one another that only He can create. In all cases, we need to thank God regularly for these intersections. …Read More.

What Hath Business to do with Missions?

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The missionary task, as commonly understood by Evangelicals, involves the communication of the Christian message to the unbelieving nations, intentionally crossing cultural, linguistic, social and/or geographic barriers. The hope is that the gospel will be received and that new believers will become obedient followers of Jesus.

Missionary anthropologist Paul Hiebert has described this spiritual transformation as “people . . . leaving their false gods, and their self-idolatry with its obsession with wealth, power, price, sex, and race, and to return to God as their Creator and Lord.” (Paul Hiebert, Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change,Baker Academic; 2008, p. 307). This is a profoundly spiritual task. Some may ask what role work and business plays in the missionary task. This post will address this question. …Read More.

Sex Robots: The Enshrinement of Selfishness

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Will we allow technology to enslave us, or will we master it to enhance our humanity?

This question hit me with a new relevance when the May 27 New York magazine arrived with the cover story “My Date with a Sex Robot.” In it, Allison P. Davis tells a gripping yet horrifying account of touring Realbotix in San Diego. Matt McMullen, founder of Abyss Creations (a current global leader in the manufacture of sex dolls) and Realbotix (their AI spinoff), sees the next step in the industry as AI-enhanced humanoid robots able to be intimate with  their human partners. …The technology exists to pair artificial intelligence with a silicon human form. The question remains: does this technology enhance our humanity or diminish it? …Read More.