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Below are some links that I read this week that  were thought provoking (notice I did not say I necessary agree with them, or all the parts of them).  Look forward to hearing what you think and any links you feel will be beneficial to the group.

If you have never read Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have  A Dream Speech” you can here.

Good message on why God’s patience leading to repentance.

Love to know your thoughts on this Al Mohler piece on evolution.

This article is worrisome.  The self-esteem gospel is having lasting effects on our teenagers view of God and Christianity  http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/08/27/almost.christian/index.html

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  1. After reading the article that was posted from CNN, I must say that I agree with some of the comments from the authors. I certainly can relate to hearing sermons preached that were more of an ear tickler than one that stepped on my toes. We so desperately need to hear the pure word of God in church, and not an hours worth of talking meant to draw more people into the pews rather than into the Kingdom of God.

    I also went ahead and read Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech on civil rights. Sadly, this was the forst time I had ever read the speech in its full length. It only took me a few minutes to read but will certainly stay with me for the rest of my life. It really is a moving text that strikes at the heart of racial injustice. Great links to some really good reading.

  2. Wesley

    August 29, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Glad you enjoyed them. The first paragraph shows the attitude God wants from all Christians. I’m not for sure that it is the attitude of most Christians in America, however.

    I’m going to half to use that last line at some point “We so desperately need to hear the pure word of God in church, and not an hours worth of talking meant to draw more people into the pews rather than into the Kingdom of God.”

    Thanks for sharing. Look forward to hearing more of your insights. (And you need to visit soon in Nashville).

  3. Thanks for letting me know about your site. I’ll look forward to learning more from you.

    I read the CNN article with interest because the title really struck me. I am actually very concerned about the self-esteem of my audience because I’m convinced that many people abandon Christ because they are convinced they are unlovable and therefore God couldn’t really love them. That is why I have started a series on my own blog about loving ourselves.

    The title caught me because it made me think I might be going in a wrong direction. However, I have to admit that the article left me a bit underwhelmed. Maybe I missed something, but the article said kids are turned off by a religion that is about being nice, but then the only advice it seemed to give was that really what they needed to hear was to be nice in a really, really big way, but make sure your niceness is tied to your faith. Take a trip to Bolivia and work on an agricultural renewal project, but make sure they know that is because of yoru faith.

    The big push was that teens really do want to make the world a better place. This is certainly a noble goal, but did Jesus die to make the world a better place? Did He die so we could take on big projects of agricultural renewal? Or did He die so the lost could be saved and we could be set free from our sins?

    On the one hand, the article caused me a bit of concern about my own preaching as I mentioned above. I need to pursue that and wriggle out what changes I need to make. On the other hand, the article seemed to me to be large amount of double talk, all hat and no cattle. It acted like there was some big thing wrong, but then didn’t seem to nail it down and when it provided a solution it seemed only to tell us to keep pursing what it said was a problem but do it in a bigger way.

    Maybe you can help me by explaining more what you saw of concern in this article.

  4. Wesley

    August 30, 2010 at 10:06 am

    “It’s a watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem.”

    That line shows the basic problem the article is addressing. I do not agree with all the article, nor with the solution being offered. I linked to the article to show the trend.

    The problem I think is that teenagers are being taught that Christianity is about being a moral person. Now this is an aspect of the faith, but we are not here on earth to simply be polite people. Our faith should be more robust then this. I think we can at times divorce service from the gospel. It should be clear that the reason we are living different from the world is because the gospel has so impacted our lives that this is our gracious response.

    One model I believe leads toward arrogance and minimalism, while the other leads to humble service and expanding faithfulness.

    That being said I believe the Bible does have something to say about self-esteem and we should teach on the subject.

  5. I absolutely agree that the reason we are living different from the world is because the gospel (Christ) has so impacted our lives that is our gracious reponse. That really resonates with me.

    Thanks for responding.

  6. Wesley

    August 30, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Thank you for interacting. Feel free to do so as much as possible. I want this to be a community project.

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