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It’s Called Gaslighting

Slate.com’s recent headline called “conservatives” “creepy” for “obsessing” about the movie “Cuties”, which portrays underage girls in sexually suggestive and explicit situations. I have not seen it, but the consensus seems to be “It’s worse than you think.”1 Slate employs a tactic here that you will see again, called “gaslighting”. In this case, “cultural gaslighting”. […]

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Tell It Not on Facebook

A detail in 2 Samuel 1 instructs us well in our over-heated cultural moment. Since David’s anointing as king, forces supporting Saul and David have fought. Saul dies, and then a messenger informs David.  David mourns Saul, for Saul was “the Lord’s anointed” (1:14). God had anointed Saul – therefore God’s honor is diminished.  Therefore, […]

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The Crucial Role of Communion in Corrosive Times

If anything, our cultural moment can be described as “corrosive”, or “divided”. Another commentator has said our nation is “inflamed”. That’s about right.  And though you may be a Christian, we can easily be swept up in that inflamed division. And that inflamed division can then rend the fabric of the church. It’s happening, now, […]

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The Trick is Trusting God About the Fence . . .

When God is fencing our ambition, it can sure seem to constrain our freedom. But fences don’t simply contain, they protect. A good fence keeps us on the right path and prevents us from hurtling over cliffs, even if it seems we’re chasing something good. Dave Harvey and C. J. Mahaney, Rescuing Ambition