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New Culture & Kingdom Podcast: Education and Knowledge Part II
My mic sounds INCREDIBLE. So if you listen for no other reason, listen for that reason.
Three Christian Misconceptions About Muslims—J.D. Greear
J.D. is one of my very favorite thinkers and authors. This blog post is incredibly important.
When the average Westerner hears “Muslim,” a number of images come to mind—mostly negative. But most Muslims would be just as horrified as we are at the assumptions entertained about them. Here are some of the most common misconceptions that Westerners have about Muslims:
Misconception 1: Most Muslims Support Terrorism.
Christians won’t usually come out and say that they think all Muslims are terrorists. But many do assume that the majority of Muslims support terrorism, albeit quietly. Much has been written about how Islam was established “by the sword,” or how Muslims engaging in terrorist activity are simply obeying what the Qur’an tells them to do. It is certainly easy to find Muslims using the Qur’an to justify violence. Even when you give the Qur’an a charitable reading, asking “What would Muhammad do?” will lead to a very different place than “What would Jesus do?”
The Millennial’s Guide To Reaching Adulthood—Joy Pullmann
Great piece from a fellow Hoosier!
It’s apparently so rare for a millennial to achieve adult milestones that doing so is a news story. I recently posted on Facebook a Time magazine article about Jordan Arnold, an inspiring young man who paid off his $23,375 in college debt (from a private school, no less) in 10 months by living with his parents to save money and working two jobs to earn extra.
I accompanied it with a positive comment, but some of my Facebook friends took his achievements as a negative reflection on themselves, and spent the comments section tearing him down or explaining why people should not expect them to do something similar. Of course, everyone has slightly different circumstances.
One Bible, Many Interpretations—Andrew Wilson
Usually, I’m not smart enough to understand what Andrew Wilson is writing, but I understand this one.
Jesus knew, all too well, that lots of people who read the Scriptures did not really understand them. It’s true today, and it was true in the first century. Modern Christians disagree over all sorts of issues—baptism, spiritual gifts, the end times, church government, and so on—and if you read church history, you’ll soon discover that we’re not the first generation like that. So Christians often ask: “Is the Bible clear? Surely, if it were, we’d all agree on what it meant, right?”
There are two answers we could give to that question. The first is: when it comes to the essentials, we do. All Christians, everywhere, believe in one church, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord Jesus Christ, one faith, one baptism, one God. Whenever I feel discouraged about the confusions and debates within the global church, I go and read the Nicene Creed, and it reminds me just how much we agree on.
I’m excited to see this movie, and I can’t wait to see how it fits into the Pixar Theory.