Included in this week’s issue:
Children Do Go Sideways Sometimes
The best father in the world – the waiting father of the prodigal – had a child that went seriously sideways. We are not alone when ours do.
What is the Nature of True Manhood?
“Be a man!” When we hear such a call, we are often confused as to what that actually means. Does it mean to be rough and tumble? Stand up to a fight? We are not really totally sure, are we?
Well, we offer some new research that helps explain how God has wired us and how authentic manhood reveals itself across humanity. If we are really going to understand manhood, we need to examine what it means across human experience and not just in our particular culture. This new research piece offers that important perspective.
What is a Christian? From an Unlikely Source
The famous atheist philosopher, Bertrand Russell, had the following to say in the opening of his book, Why I am Not a Christian. It is actually a good and challenging word to us today, and for our congregations.
“I think that you must have a certain amount of definite belief before you have the right to call yourself a Christian. The word does not have quite such a full-blooded meaning now as it had in the days of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. In those days, if a man said that he was a Christian it was known what he meant. You accepted a whole collection of creeds which were set out with great precision, and every single syllable of those creeds you believed with the whole strength of your convictions. Nowadays it is not quite like that.”