It seems natural that a considerable part of our “congregation” is now composed of creatures with four paws, fur coats, and collars around their necks. They, like us two-legged worshippers, look forward to greeting the other canine regulars on Sabbath mornings.
If we profess to be Christians, then by definition we are Jesus’ followers. And in his earthly ministry Jesus modeled ultimate respect for women. Why should his followers do less?
If truthfulness suffers from refusal of good-faith conversation, as it surely must, so does community itself. Now there are — as if by design — insiders and outsiders; now some parts of the body say to other parts: “I have no need of you.”
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games poses, beyond the sporting event, a cultural and political question. Are the Americas a united hemisphere, as these Games try to suggest? Nothing seems to confirm this scenario or really validate such a hypothesis.
I believe that most Christian agencies, maybe all, ignore what I consider to be the fundamental reason for any work that the church engages in. As much as compassion is a key aspect, it is not the most important one. The resurrection of Jesus Christ when properly understood should be the truth that drives any work that a Christian engages in.
The words “evangelism” and “witnessing” have become so terribly distorted that they need to be discarded. They engender so much anxiety, fear, and guilt that they are no longer useful. They too often conjure up images of sweaty hands knocking on strangers’ doors asking if they want Bibles studies.
We can’t expect people to navigate sexual intimacy in positive and emotionally healthy ways if we keep treating intimacy as something bad. That misrepresents God’s design.
An NIH-funded study at the University of Washington is intended to determine whether there are adverse effects of cannabis use by pregnant women on infants. The best case scenario is if the baby develops normally to the point of matching the "control group" that was not exposed to marijuana. At worst, they might be born underweight, have cognitive and behavioral disorders, or develop physical brain abnormalities identified in imaging studies, or even fail to survive.
Regardless of the situations that we go through, we would all be a lot better off if we loved everyone while we are struggling, rather than looking for ways to hurt and harm each other.