Category: What We Write About

I Still Have My Smartphone: A Review of 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

Tony Reinke did not convince me to trade my smartphone for a dumbphone in his new book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You. This is not his purpose. His overall aim is to “avoid both extremes: the utopian optimism of the technophiliac and the dystopian pessimism of the technophobe” (20). Neither does he aim to tell me specifically what to do with my phone. Instead, he explores why I would consider giving it up or taking breaks from it. Moreover, the book asks the question: What is the best use of your smartphone in the flourishing of your...

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Sheepdogs, Sheep, and a Shepherd

Once upon a time, there was a young sheepdog named Tag who lived in a house with a girl named Hannah. In Hannah’s second grade class, it was a highlight of the year when students were allowed to share something special with their classmates. Sometimes a dad came in and talked about his job as a policeman. Sometimes a grandmother came in and talked about her experience as a child coming to this country as an immigrant. Sometimes – and these were the best times of all – pets came to class to be shown off as the best...

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Episode 80- Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton– Hope When It Hurts – Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering

Welcome to the eighth episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton– Hope When It Hurts – Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (The Good Book Company, 2017) What you’ll hear in this episode: Sarah and Kristen’s life, marriage, ministry, and upcoming ministry projects. How Sarah finds kinship and relief in talking with other Lyme suffers. How American culture views suffering and how that compares with a Christian worldview. How God’s mercies are greater than our trials. Where God’s grace and mercy are in the midst...

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The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation (Graham A. Cole)

When it comes to doing biblical theology, a common pattern is to take a topic or a theme and trace it from Genesis to Revelation. The Covenants, for example, between God and man, are meant to be a theme that we attempt to look for from the beginning of humanity to the ending of mankind, showing how God and man interact covenantally throughout Scripture and history. “But what of the Incarnation?” (17). Is the idea of God taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men a biblical-theological narrative being told even in the Old...

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Parenting 101: Dealing with Lying Lips

“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” (Col. 3:9) “YHWH detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.” (Prov. 12:22) In the interest of transparency, I want to begin by stating as a child; I had a tendency to lie. Usually, it was a string of lies sometimes carefully and at other times haphazardly thrown together to avoid trouble. Typically, the repercussions of those lies being found out were far worse than if I had simply told the truth at the outset. One thing was sure...

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