Fake news is in the news this year. It’s being blamed for the Trump election and the general dumbing down of our populous. But fake news isn’t new. Not long after the birth of Christ, the Magi came to Herod’s palace just outside of Bethlehem to inquire as to the whereabouts of the newborn king.
Where do we go from here?
Our nation has just gone through one of the most divisive and difficult elections in recent history. How should we move forward? Here are some thoughts.
Recently, an older gentlemen asked me to give him insight into the mystery of the millennial generation supporting a Socialist like Bernie Sanders. “Why would anyone do that?” he asked, “Don’t they know their history?” I believe the groundswell of support for Bernie Sanders (accepting his own party’s leadership) is due in part to ignorance of history and economics.
Happy birthday, America! You have changed a lot over my lifetime. Quite a bit over the last few years actually. If I could give you a gift this year it would be to restore something that has been lost – the prophetic voice of the Christian church.
As a pastor, I’m privileged to be a part of great moments in the lives of people. But I also get a front row seat to the pain of life. Much of it caused by people trying to break God’s laws. Instead, they end up breaking themselves against them.
Is it time to rethink our children and work? Adam LaRoche, a major league baseball player, just turned down $13 million dollars to play for the Chicago White Sox because they told him he couldn’t bring his 14 year old son to work with him as much anymore.
“First off, all glory to God, that’s for sure!” This is how Kendrick Lamar opened his Grammy Award winning speech. I don’t know Kendrick Lamar. He could be a great guy. However, he confuses me when he gives God glory for the album that profanes much of what God stands for!?
Pass the Salt Please.
Last Sunday’s Superbowl half-time performance Beyonce’ graced the stage and introduced the world to her song Formation. Film and culture critic, Anthony Weber, posed a great question: “Does the halftime show really need to point the world toward a song that includes the lyrics, “When he —- me good I take his — to Red Lobster, cause I slay”? Seriously, were there no other songs that might have been both entertaining and appropriate for a global market of all ages?”
The Danger of Art with a Capital “A” (Excerpted from God and Your Talent; Creating Great Art for the Glory of God)
When watching award shows in our American culture you will often see where an artist–usually a musical artist but not always–will receive an award and thank God for it.
Humility:The Seedbed of Greatness (Excerpted from God and Your Talent: Creating Great Art for the Glory of God)
The creative process and the performance aspect of art can lend itself to the cultivation of a sneaky kind of pride. Franky Schaeffer said, “Artists suffer constant rejection, and this can lead to unhealthy self-analysis and inward looking selfishness.