Must Read Monday: Christian worldview in real lifeMay 2, 2017
The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” is raising alarms and concerns with parents, teachers and counselors. Many teens and kids have already binge-watched the entire series, which chronicles the suicide of a teenager and the “13 reasons” why she chose to kill herself. If you and your kids have not watched it, don’t. If your kids have watched it, you need to. If you don’t know, it’s not only time to ask, it’s time to become vigilant about what they have access to on Netflix and all other social media platforms. On Monday, we interviewed Sissy Goff, Director of Child & Adolescent Counseling for Daystar Counseling Ministries and teenage blogger/author, Jaquelle Crowe. Listen here.
- Russell Moore: Does “13 Reasons Why” Glamorize Teen Suicide?
- Sissy Goff to parents and adults: A Counselor’s response to 13 Reasons Why
- Sissy Goff to teens: There are more than 13 Reasons Why your life matters… and what you can do about it
Each year, as required by law, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) releases an annual report, advising the US government on issues of religious freedom worldwide. The Commission identifies countries of particular concern, and notably, Russia is on that list for many reasons, including the country’s recent ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses. No matter how many theological reasons we might have to question this sect, the fact that the Russian government is taking active punitive measures against them is of concern to everyone who believes that religious liberty is second only to the right to life granted to Man by God in Creation.
China Gripped by Spiritual Revival as ‘Hundreds of Millions Turn to Religion and Faith’ — Christian Broadcasting Network
The gospel goes forth— even in spite of persecution. Despite significant restrictions on religious liberty, China has been experiencing a spiritual revival. Ian Johnson researched the spiritual dynamic in China and writes that underground churches are behind the explosion of Christianity in the country. Let us be prayerfully supporting our brothers and sisters in Christ who are advancing the Gospel always and in all ways!
Sometimes we wonder what the Christian worldview actually looks like in real life. The Christian worldview isn’t just a way of thinking or adopting the mind of Christ in the matters of the day. Living out a Christian worldview is about behavior, it’s about action, it’s about forgiving others as we have been forgiven and extending to others the radical grace that we have received. It is not always easy, especially when cultural currents are against you or you suffer the consequences of real evil. The family in this article, like the families of the victims of the Charleston church shooting in 2015, give us living testimonies of what it means to make the Gospel visible and beautiful even when life is as ugly as it ever gets.
This man epitomizes what it means to take and keep a vow. He did not want his wife to be alone during her cancer treatment. When I read this article, I thought also about family – and what being the household of God really means. Here’s a challenge: who is experiencing isolation right now? The elderly, the sick, the imprisoned, the mentally ill, the shut in, the homebound? The ministry of presence is a powerful gift. This is the ministry of each and one of us has by the indwelling of Jesus Christ in our lives.