There is a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal titled “The Six Laws of Technology Everyone Should Know.” It is based on the writings of Melvin Kranzberg, a professor of the history of technology at Georgia Institute of Technology.
It has been said that what you will be like in five years is based on two things: The books that you read and the people you spend time with. It is difficult to underestimate the impact of the people who surround you.
When it comes to a theology of race, there are four headlines: 1) We were all made by God; 2) We were all made in the image of God; 3) We were all made with distinction and variety—including the color of our skin; and 4) We are called into a relationship with God the Father by the Holy Spirit through Jesus the Son. This brings us to the great evil of racism.
One of the most extensive investments I have made with my life has been parenting. My wife and I raised four children and now pour ourselves anew into 14 grandchildren. I also consider my role as a pastor to be largely a fatherly investment. I will say that what matters most in parenting is not geography.
Epidemiology is a branch of medical science that studies the ways diseases are transmitted and, as a result, can be controlled in a population. Infodemiology is a social science that studies the ways information is transmitted and, as a result, might need to be controlled. In other words, an infodemic is similar to a pandemic.
There are few characters in the Bible more celebrated and revered than King David. From the defeat of Goliath with a slingshot and a few stones to becoming the king of Israel, here, as the Scriptures say, was a man after God’s own heart. Except for that little event with Bathsheba. Only it wasn’t so little.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary recently announced its intent to sell most, if not all, of its 102-acre campus in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, in order to try to survive financially. This would have been unthinkable even 15 years ago. I know because 15 years ago I was its president.
This year, I felt compelled to offer an entirely different kind of list, prompted by many younger members of our church staff asking me for books that would nurture their souls. They were often surprised, but intrigued, that time and again I would steer them toward books written centuries before their birth.
I teach a lot about families, parenting and, perhaps most of all, fathering. I believe deeply in the powerful and pivotal role of a husband and dad in relation to wives, moms and children. Maybe because involved and engaged dads are a dying breed. So where does that leave single-parent moms?