MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Are Trump and Cruz Attempting To Dominate the Media?

January 18th, 2016 Viewed 464 times, 2 so far today

I found Gina Loudon’s article Trump and Cruz punked mainstream media interesting.  She posits that up until this time, Cruz and Trump had a truce, and now that they’re the front runners, they’re attacking each other in ways that aren’t really landing knock out blows for the purpose of dominating the media and not giving and establishment candidates air to voice their platforms and differences.

Whatever the strategy, it looks like it’s effective.

Supreme Court To Potentially Rule on Religious Neutrality

January 18th, 2016 Viewed 434 times, 1 so far today

The church involved in the case was denied access to a state program in Missouri that provides playground surface rubber made from old tires.  The refusal was based on a state constitutional provision barring any public funds going to religious groups.   The new case has the potential for a major interpretation of what neutrality involving religion means for public benefits.

Quoted from The Supreme Court took a case about shredded tire playground mulch and religion.

Saved By, From and For God

January 18th, 2016 Viewed 449 times

If you are a Christian you are saved from God (from his just wrath), you are saved by God (by his sacrifice) and you are saved for God (for his delight and praise). It is healthy to meditate and rejoice in this reality. Let the gospel of God’s abounding grace sprout humility amid the weeds of selfishness. And may God’s aim of glorifying himself become our chief aim. Indeed there is no greater priority than this!

 – We are Saved By God, From God and For God

How Our Reactions Define Us

January 18th, 2016 Viewed 368 times

We are known by our reactions to events as they happen to us, and this is no more clearly seen than in our lives with our children.  From a very young age, children seek the boundaries and they push our buttons, looking for a reaction.  Probably because of how much they copy our problems, they are easily able to find them!

It’s those reactions, how we deal under pressure, that define who we are and display the character inside. I don’t know how many times I’ve encouraged my children that, while they cannot control what happens around them they can control their reaction to it.  This is a powerful truth, which Lori Alexander brings out in a post focused to wives about their reactions to their husband, but it really applies to all of us.

We live in a time and a society that is very self-centered and that wants us to be in a constant state of offense to others.  We need to break free of this and learn to control our reactions, such that we react in ways that bring glory to God and show our maturity.

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered

November 20th, 2015 Viewed 604 times, 3 so far today

This is found in Proverbs 28:26, and was the point of a post by Pastor Erik Raymond entitled Do You Trust Yourself Too Much?

No matter how well we do in the day to day tasks, if our minds are our ultimate governors then we are nothing more than fools. But, if we are being governed by Lady Wisdom, and in fact, wisdom incarnate (Col. 2.3), the Lord Jesus Christ, then we are walking in wisdom.

No doubt you can sense the same burden from Paul in the New Testament (Rom. 12.1-2) as Solomon in the Old that believers would be bathing their minds in the Scriptures so as to transform hearts and minds by and through the Word. Do you share this burden and priority?

It reminds me of another proverb– the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?

Because of ISIS or Because of Masculinity?

November 19th, 2015 Viewed 492 times
You have to admit, they are trying really hard to say that it’s anything but ISIS:
University of California–Merced hosted a “teach-in” to explain that a student who went on a stabbing spree before being killed by a campus police officer did so because of his masculinity – and definitely not because of Islamic extremism — despite the fact that he a photo of an ISIS flag was found among his belongings. Faisal Mohammad also left behind a manifesto including descriptions of how he would like to behead classmates and reminders to pray to Allah. You might be tempted to think that all of this suggests that his violent attacks just might have had something to do with Islamic extremism, however, a flyer for the school’s teach-in on the event made no mention of it. Instead, it said that discussion questions would include: “Why are men more likely to be perpetrators of violence?”

Read more at: UC–Merced ‘Teach-In’: Kid with ISIS Flag Pic Went on Stabbing Spree Because of Masculinity

Under What Conditions Would Pres. Obama Debate Sen. Cruz?

November 19th, 2015 Viewed 474 times, 1 so far today

While it makes for a great point, and it probably should be within the realm of possibility, it will never happen:

“Let’s have a debate on Syrian refugees right now. We can do it anywhere you want. I prefer it in the United States and not overseas where you’re making insults. It’s easy to toss a cheap insult when no one can respond, but let’s have a debate.”

[Hat tip: “I want to encourage you, Mr. President, come back and insult me to my face.”]

And I’ll list the reasons this won’t happen:

For Everything There Is a Season

November 19th, 2015 Viewed 453 times, 1 so far today

One of the most interesting things about reading a passage of Scripture like Proverbs 31 is that often people assume that this woman is doing all these things at the same time– buying land, making clothing, etc.– when it’s much more reasonable to consider that this is something that she dedicates her entire life to, and does different things during different “seasons.”

Taken with Ecclesiastes, as we see that there are seasons for everything– a concept that is not too easy to grasp.  In a video series by Jon Acuff, he talks about why hustle has its season:

Of all the investments you must make into your career, none of them involve more tension than hustle.

You have to work incredibly hard, but you have to rest.

You have to say yes to a lot of opportunities but also protect your time and say no regularly.

You need grit to hold on in the tough times and flexibility to quit when it’s time to move on.

Sometimes we think hustle is an excuse to become a workaholic, but it’s not. Rest is actually a really important part of hustle. The hard part is that in a culture that praises busyness, rest is an act of bravery.

But I want to take it one step further.  The next time  you watch a television program or read about someone else’s life on social media, remember that they might be in a different season of life than you.  The season of life you are in may not allow you to do all those things.  That is not wrong or bad, and we should not covet what they did or are planning to do.

Enjoy the season of life you are in– you may wish that you were there again someday!

 

Is Carelessness As Bad As Perfectionism?

November 19th, 2015 Viewed 482 times, 1 so far today

Peacefulwife writes in The Pendulum Effect about the fact that there are extremes on both ends:

With almost every aspect of the Christian life, I  picture a number line.  In one direction is one extreme and in the other direction is another extreme. In the power of the sinful flesh, all we can do is swing back and forth from one sinful tendency to another like a pendulum. We swing too far one way then too far the other way – and no matter which way we swing, we create dysfunction. It is VERY frustrating!

While I’m not sure that some of the extremes are sinful (how do you define too quiet and is it truly sinful?), she is right on target when it comes to the fact that we are so often looking at one side of the extreme and get called out about the other!  While extremes are sometimes necessary depending on the circumstances, being steady and solid are good characteristics for any Christian to have.

Are You Doing Too Much or Too Little For Your Spouse?

November 19th, 2015 Viewed 431 times

In How Doing Less For Your Wife Can Make Your Marriage Better, husbands are first encouraged to meet a “Biblical” standard of provision for one’s wife:

Gentlemen – we as husbands are required to provide food, clothing and shelter to our wives. We are required to give them regular sexual relations. We are required to spend time with them, talk to them, know their needs and concerns and give them proper honor as our wife. This is the Biblical definition of what it means for a man to unconditionally love his wife.

This is a tall order and each of us as men fail in this duty from time to time. I think as men often times we can be great at providing our wives with food, clothing, shelter and sex but we fail in the areas of honoring her and knowing her. We can become too wrapped up in our jobs and hobbies to the point where we never talk to our wives.

If you are failing to spend time with or talk to your wife then you are not a husband that needs to do less, but instead you need to do MORE.

From there the author goes into discussing when it’s appropriate to do less.  Do you think most husbands do more or less than they should?

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.