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31
Jan

5 Biblical Ways to Respond To the Headlines of the Past Week

If you are like me, the news since January 20th has been difficult to hear. Amazingly, it seems like a day does not go by without reading headlines that either make me sad or enrage me. Maybe this is nothing new, maybe I am just paying more attention to the news, but if you are like me, it can seem overwhelming. And if you are like me, you might be struggling with how to respond to the headlines this week.

It is at times like these that I am grateful that I have a faith that has stood the tests of time to help me navigate life. I am thankful that I have a source of wisdom, in the Bible, to help me make sense of the headlines and best respond. While everything in scripture has a specific context it is written in and needs to be understood first in that context, it has a lot to say about our context as well. The early church in Acts demonstrated their protest to the headlines of their day not in violence in the streets, but in love in their homes and communities. Sharing in food and possession to all those who needed it. I believe how the early church acted, and the wisdom of the Bible can give us good insight into how we should live and act in the world we find ourselves today. And with that in mind, here are 5 ways I believe the Bible suggests we respond to the headlines of this week.

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 January 31st, 2017  
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08
Nov

Missing out on the good news

starbucksThis past weekend someone I know posted something on social media that amazed and perplexed me in the worst way possible. The video they posted was a viral video that was about starting a movement, a movement to get the words Merry Christmas on Starbucks coffee cups. Now I don’t know much about the history of movements, but my guess is this is one of the worst ones ever!

In the video, this gentlemen who I have seen videos posted of before but not watched, explains that Starbucks took the words Merry Christmas off their coffee cups, and we should get them back on. So when the baristas at Starbucks ask your name, tell them it is Merry Christmas, so they have to write it on the cups and say it. He also goes on to point out his high quality christian t-shirt and concealed weapon he likes to carry. I am sure he means well, and probably does a lot of good, but in this movement he seems misguided.

What he is suggesting is not really a movement, at least not one that represents Christ well.

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