The 2013 – 2014 school year is officially in full gear.
Though I have been out of grade school now for 18 years (whoah – that means I have been out of grade school longer than I was in it . . . seriously?), I still love it when the clock strikes 3 pm on Fridays during the school year. Don’t you?
The weekend is here. It’s Friday.
So, for your reading pleasure – below are 5 articles I came across this week that I hope in some way adds value to your life.
#1. iPhone, IPads, and Christian Parenting by Russell Moore
“Don’t get me wrong. I think the digital revolution is largely a good thing, and I think children need to be raised up to use technology as a gift for dominion. But there’s too much at stake to turn a child loose, with no boundaries, with a technology that could psychically cripple him or her (and his or her future family), for a lifetime and thereafter.”
What do you think? Is Moore right? Share your thoughts below.
#2. How I Turned My iPhone into a Simple, Distraction-Free Device by Jake Knapp
“iPhones and Androids are wonderful. They’re amazing. It’s infinite information in the palm of your hand! But here’s the thing: I don’t have what you’d call the world’s greatest attention span. It’s taking everything I’ve got right now to keep typing this and not flip open a new tab and check my email. Having the ability to check email–and a bajillion other things–any time at all, not just when I’m sitting at a computer looking at a web browser… I started to suspect it was not such a great thing for me.”
Interesting. Anybody out there willing to try it for 5 days? Let me know how it goes.
#3. Why Christians Should Let Non-Christians Off the Moral Hook by Carey Nieuwholf
“It’s difficult for a non-Christian to be a hypocrite, because they tend to live out what they believe. Chances are they are better at living out their values than you or I are. Jesus never blamed pagans for acting like pagans. But he did speak out against religious people for acting hypocritically.”
What do you think? Agree? Are we guilty of wanting lost people to act like saved people?
#4. The Number One Reason for the Decline in Church Attendance by Thom Rainer
“If the frequency of attendance changes, then attendance will respond accordingly. . . Did you catch that? No members left the church. Everyone is still relatively active in the church. . . This phenomenon can take place rather quickly in an individual church. And leaders in the church are often left scratching their heads because the behavioral change is so slight, almost imperceptible. We really don’t notice when someone who attends four times a month begins to attend only three times a month. Nor do we typically catch it when the twice-a-month attendee becomes a once-a-month attendee.”
Okay. . . GO! What’s your opinion of Rainer’s post?
#5. 14 Ways to Affair Proof Your Marriage by Brett and Kate McKay
“Another way cheating makes your life harder is having to deal with the consequences when you’re finally caught. Imagine having to face your children and tell them you haven’t been completely faithful to their mother. Imagine the look of hurt and sadness you’ll see in the eyes of the woman you told you would love forever.
Making your marriage affair proof requires a large investment of time and emotional capital. But the investment is well worth it. Set high standards for your marriage and for yourself. Man up and you’ll never stray.”
I love that last phrase: “Man up and you’ll never stray.” I think Paul had something to say similar to that didn’t he?