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The Weird Thing About Reading the Bible Is

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I have been a Christian since I was 16 years old. I don’t mean I have been going to church since I was 16. I mean I have been attempting to submit my entire life to Jesus Christ since I was 16. It is not easy. The largest roadblock to this submission has been myself. And the largest thing about myself that has gotten in the way is my aversion to routine.

(What does this have to do with Fathering? I am convinced that as I seek to become more like Jesus, I become a better father, a better husband, and even a better version of me. If you disagree with this statement, I challenge you right here, right now in the comments for just one quality of behaviour of Jesus that I might emulate that would not make me a better father, husband or person. Just one. Go ahead. I await your comments.)

But here’s the funny thing about it. Very early on I noticed something about reading the Bible. Reading the Bible is something that pretty much every church tells you is key to figuring out how to follow Jesus personally. In fact, if a church tells you that it is not key, then I’d argue you aren’t going to a Christian church. But being the contrarian that I am I rarely accept what I am told “because”. There has to be a reason. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Should Read the Hunger Games (and Other Books Too)

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“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.
(1 Corinthians 10:23 ESV)

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
(Romans 12:9 ESV)

…but test everything; hold fast what is good.
(1 Thessalonians 5:21 ESV)

I must admit: I am offended.  I am offended by the tendency of too many Christians to simply refuse to engage with anything in the world for fear of contaminating themselves with the world.  I am offended by the idea that we should throw into the trashbin anything that we suspect might maybe be a little bit offensive, uncomfortable, or controversial.  Is this the spirit of the age – to be so terrified by everything that our first instinct is to duck and cover?

I could take this in so many directions but the one that has my goat this morning is books.  I just finished reading “The Hunger Games“.  Now frankly, it is not the finest literature ever produced, but it is worth the read in my opinion for two reasons.  First, the books engage a number of cultural realities that presently have far-reaching influence over Christians and non-Christians.  Second, the books (and the new movie) are incredibly popular, especially amongst young people.  What is so grabbing their imaginations and keeping them interested?  Should we not investigate such icons as a basic responsibility of a parent, or at least someone who at some levels “is my brother’s keeper”?

Some say no.  One vociferously opposed such an idea.  One told a friend of mine that it was wrong to read the Hunger Games.  Why?  Because it has violence in it.  I’ll give the benefit of the doubt and I’ll assume she meant the books feature children killing children. Read the rest of this entry »

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