3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Involved In The #MeToo Movement

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The news is just a parade of people stepping forward and sharing the sickening truth; they were sexually assaulted. They were touched inappropriately. They were put in uncomfortable situations by powerful individuals, seeking to exploit their bodies.

It’s a disgusting reality, even for those that have never experienced it. The exploitation of people, male or female, is not right. It is very, very wrong.

But sadly, not everyone is speaking up. Not everyone is talking about how wrong it is. For Christians, this is not acceptable. We need to be vocal. We need to speak out against such actions, whether they are done in the dark or not.

Whether you were sexual assaulted at some point, your spouse or someone else you know, as a Christian, you have skin in this. You are a part of what is happening. You need to be a part of the #MeToo movement for three reasons. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Involved In The #MeToo Movement”

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Moody Reviews: Hitler’s Cross by Erwin W. Lutzer

““History has to repeat itself,” said Woody Allen, “because nobody was listening the first time around.””

Adolf Hitler, the Third Reich, the SS, and all the things that Nazism did during the years of World War II will never cease to be a treasure trove of interesting information and horrifying details. The actions, behaviours, and thoughts of those leading the Nazi party were truly destructive on a massive scale. There is no way to capture how devastating their work was and still is.

But it wasn’t only the millions of Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, and people of African descent that suffered; the Christian Church did as well, though not in the same way. This is what Erwin W. Lutzer wants to help us understand with his book, Hitler’s Cross: How the Cross Was Used to Promote the Nazi Agenda.

While the idea Christianity and Nazism having anything in common may seem a bizarre topic for a book, it is astonishing the relationship that was present. And it is this kind of relationship that Lutzer quickly points out is being mirrored in modern America today. Continue reading “Moody Reviews: Hitler’s Cross by Erwin W. Lutzer”

MyBookLook: When Parenting Isn’t Perfect by Jim Daly

“Parents love their children, but they also really want them to succeed. And if the kids do something the parents think will lead to success, the beam of love beams stronger. And if they do something the parents think will not lead to success, the beam of love is withdrawn.”

No parent needs to be told that parenting isn’t about perfection. Or that they will never be a perfect parent. Somewhere inside we all know that. The problem is that we don’t KNOW it.

We give that reality lip service, but still believe even deeper inside of ourselves that we can be perfect. We can make these little kids we are responsible the most obedient, most courteous, most successful, most excellent children that have ever walked the face of the earth. And then we do everything in our power to make that happen.

Is that right? Is it fair? These aren’t questions parents think about. The idea of perfect, or at the very least, better than the rest, is too enticing for anyone to question it. But there is one question that must not be ignored. One question that followers of Jesus need to take seriously if they are going to be, or already are, parents.

Is demanding perfection from your children consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Continue reading “MyBookLook: When Parenting Isn’t Perfect by Jim Daly”

MyBookLook: Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

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“What we forget is that the story of the Starving Artist is a myth. And like all myths, it may be a powerful story, one we can orient our entire lives around. But in the end, it is still just a story.”

How could something like this be a myth? All artists starve. They suffer for their art. Without that suffering and pain, what are they putting into their work…right?

While this may have been the perception of artists for centuries, the idea that real artists need to starve just isn’t true. Not even in the beginning, not even during the Renaissance when art was making huge strides in the world. The truth is that Real Artists Don’t Starve, and Jeff Goins is going to show us why this is not a myth, and how we can be artists with full bellies. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins”

MyBookLook: The Separatists By Lis Wiehl

Erica Sparks is on top of her game. Her regular television show is working like a well oiled machine, and she has her sights set on something more. Something bigger. Something more investigative than the Erica Sparks Effect is.

But with her bold vision comes the trouble. Her marriage to Greg is suddenly on shaky ground. Her daughter is acting more and more out of character. And the separation movement that is gaining traction in North Dakota seems to be followed with mysterious deaths. Even some crossing the border into Canada.

Can Erica help get to the bottom of these deaths? Will she be able to balance a career with marriage? Can she escape the cycle of substance abuse that her daughter might be falling into? Will this radical movement trigger a new Civil War in the United States? Continue reading “MyBookLook: The Separatists By Lis Wiehl”

OFF MY SHELF: Hashtag Wisdom by Matt Curtis

“As we spend time in relationship with God our hearts are more closely aligned with His ways. The more we spend time ingesting the messages of our culture, the more our hearts are aligned to the ways of our culture. Plain and simple, what we ingest directs our heart.”

The Internet is not a fad. It isn’t going away any time soon. And with more and more people having access to it, it is becoming a very busy, very popular place to be. That includes Christians.

The problem with the Internet, though some would say it is it’s blessing, is that there are no real rules. You can do or say just about anything online. But does that mean that Christians can? Or should? Continue reading “OFF MY SHELF: Hashtag Wisdom by Matt Curtis”

Moody Reviews: Paul The Apostle by Robert E. Picirilli

There is no debate that the most important person in the Bible, Old and New Testaments combined, is Jesus Christ. There is also no debate that the next most important person, second to Christ, is Paul The Apostle. His writings make up most of the New Testament. His missionary trips helped to establish many of the churches in the first century, churches that helped spread the Gospel to the rest of the world, and some that are still here to this day. Continue reading “Moody Reviews: Paul The Apostle by Robert E. Picirilli”