Update

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Hey everyone! As you’ve probably noticed the blog has been a little quieter than usua. I just wanted to let you know that within the next few weeks things should be picking up again.

Lately, my wife’s grandfather died, and with a few other big unexpected family events occurring within the last few weeks things have been chaotic, busy, and extremely tiring. I decided to slow down for a while and regather some energy.

But things are starting to get back to normal and I’m looking forward to blogging regularly again soon.

In the meantime, thanks for all of the prayer and support, and I appreciate all of the comments, reads, shares, and interaction you’ve shown! Have a great week!

-Steve

The Forgotten Victims of Society’s Obsession with Body Image: The Elderly

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When it comes to helping people with self-esteem, health, and respect concerning their body image—and the image of the others—we often rightfully focus on helping kids, teenagers, and young adults.

They face body-shaming, bullying, and extreme marketing and advertising pressure to fulfill impossible standards. After years of being continuously bombarded with millions of—often photoshopped—images of what perfect humans are “supposed to look like,” our youth culture has become unprepared to deal with the antithesis of the flawless body: the natural process of growing old.

This has created a generation that’s become uncomfortable with facing the existence of aging—often perceiving older people as having less value and worth. Although this truth will never be verbally admitted or acknowledged, our corporate actions—or lack thereof — reveal a callous, apathetic, and ignorant attitude.

Ironically, our society’s obsession with body shaming and body image has resulted in the elderly being one of our culture’s most devastated victims.

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6 Monumental Questions Facing Every Church In America

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Christianity is a lifelong journey of learning new things, growing in wisdom, and interacting with a wide array of difficult topics, and boldly asking tough questions is essential to spiritual development.

Today, few questions are as important, impactful, meaningful, or divisive within Christianity as the following six:

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When Christians Lack Imagination, They Lack Love

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Christians often talk about actively changing the world, but too often, we just sit still and passively watch the struggles of others without participating, leading, or caring—we don’t love.

Why? Because many Christians have an inability to use their imaginations.

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The Problem with Christian Worship Wars

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Christendom is embroiled in yet another Worship War.

Gungor’s non-mainstream beliefs have prompted outrage among many Evangelicals, causing Christians to question their stance about supporting their music: Should we continue to use Gungor’s songs in church? Should Christian stores sell their records? Are they still even considered Christian? Is their music worship?

Predictably, it’s resulted in people lamenting the spiritual downfall of modern worship music and advocating for the righteous purity of old-fashioned hymns, liturgical worship, and “tradition.” It’s hard to argue against the validity of songs that have stood the test of time, but before we wholeheartedly dismiss today’s worship as being superficial, shallow, and theologically flawed, and before we glorify the worship of the past, consider this:

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Jesus Isn’t American (and Neither Is the Bible)

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Sometimes it seems like American Christians all read the exact same Bible: The ‘American Standard Version’—where every verse, account, story, and parable within scripture is interpreted through the lens of being an American. God originally authored this scripture with the intention of blessing America, protecting America, supporting her interests, and generally ignoring the rest of the world.

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Regarding the Gungor Controversy

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Christians are quick to make assumptions and judgements. When they do, bad things happen. Good people get wrongfully attacked. Relationships are broken. Division occurs. Battles are waged.

This is probably why Jesus so strongly warns against judging others. Yet we never seem to accept His message. When will we ever learn?

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Love Always Trumps Theology (How to be a Spiritual Lifesaver)

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Theology doesn’t save us from spiritual burnout— people do. And the people that save us are empowered by God.

No matter how convincing our doctrines and beliefs may be, they’re ultimately empty and unsatisfying if there’s no human relationship that personifies them.

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Is Christianity Getting Better or Worse?

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Christians often follow a narrative that assumes everything is getting worse. Sermons, books, and movies preach that the End Times are just around the corner, and apocalyptic doom is an unavoidable fact.

Signs of the Armageddon are everywhere—and we love to point them out within a secular culture saturated with sex, drugs, and immorality.

It’s an easy temptation to evaluate, gauge, and measure the current—and upcoming—state of Christianity within this fearful context. It happens often, and when we take time to reflect on humanity and Christianity in general, the results are usually gloomy.

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