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Deconstructing the Left: The Environment is Not A Left Wing Issue
Dr. David Cowan
With the implosion of the Soviet Union, the ideologies of communism and socialism essentially disintegrated. Or at least, we saw the disintegration of the idea that a single ideology could command the attention of whole nations or large enough mobs to destabilize society. The victory of capitalism seemed to end the matter of economic systems altogether, or did it?
Does Your Work Matter in God's Eyes?
by Bill Peel, Center for Faith and Work at LeTourneau University
Do you ever ask yourself, Am I wasting time on temporal pursuits? Should I spend more time on what really matters to God?
Workplace Loyalty and Faithfulness: An Endangered Species
Gary L. Selman
In today’s business world, loyalty and faithfulness appear to be on the “Endangered Species List.” Unbridled greed and desire for power have led many executives to lie to the Board of Directors, falsify financial statements, and betray both employees and investors as they pursued their own selfish desires.
Winston Churchill: Help and Hope for Our Times
Wallace Henley
In the winter of 2014 I met Jonathan Sandys, the great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill. Jonathan had moved to America to make speeches about his great-grandfather. Jonathan had been far from God, but as he studied Churchill’s life he concluded that the only explanation for Winston Churchill was God, and this led Jonathan back to faith. Jonathan said he wanted to write a book about Churchill and God. I had the privilege of being the co-author of the book, God and Churchill—the first spiritual biography of the great man.
Becoming Real
By Douglas Gehrman
With age, I strive to become more real. I want to shed whatever remnants of my personality reflect behaviors based on fear and not love. Physical growth and intellectual growth assist us in reaching authenticity, but for me, spiritual growth is the most important. Presenting my real self means letting go of my fears, plates of armor that keep people away and limit my own self-disclosure. Being vulnerable, not being liked or loved, making a mistake, being criticized, feeling worthless, being unproductive, losing control, disappointing others, the unknown, becoming old, failing, death, injuring myself, and being wrong—all these fears shape my behavior and the way I deal with life. I become a human mirage, an appearance of what people want to see. When the mirage disappears, only desert remains.
Surviving Success
By Mike Chung
Recently, Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle has pled guilty to offenses against minors punishable with jail time. Fogle, who was once extremely obese, came to fame by losing significant weight while only eating Subway for a period of time. Years and years as spokesperson lead to millions of dollars and international fame but in the end, it looks like the success he has experienced led to his failure. This pattern is not unique to Fogle. The Christian Church has been rocked many times by “star” pastors experiencing significant falling. For example, former Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll stepped down and the church sold due to issues like abusiveness, plagiarism, and using money to make his book a best seller. What Fogle and Driscoll represent is something universal to humankind: Success can lead to demise.
Thin Places
By Doug Gehrman
There existed “thin places,” the early Celtic people believed, where one could experience closer access to God and the divine. You’ve maybe been to such a place, where the veil between our human existence and heaven seemed so “thin” as to be translucent. The Grand Canyon, Michelangelo’s David, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Spiritual clarity reaches a higher level and the sacred becomes visible. In the Celtic belief, God was everywhere and there was little separating the secular from the divine; you just had to look for it and experience it. The light at dusk behind a cloud, sun through rain, a moment shared, a hand offered. It could be anything or found anywhere.
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