Links and Joe

Keep calm and drink coffeeSaturday, 2 February 2013

We present to you another week of our most interesting blog reading. As always the views of these posts are not necessarily the views of BSI, but they are sure going to get you either thinking, talking or mad, possibly all three. Remember, keep calm and enjoy some links and joe.

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div-5-chapel-cook-county-jail-chicago_1When I (Ryan) used to practice law in the city I often went with some other men from my church to visit the prisoners in Cook County Jail.  Next to teaching high school students, it was the best ministry experience I had; and I miss it. Here is a story from a pastor that worked in prison ministry, retelling the conversations he had with the jailer about hell.

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glass-of-water-1024x682“In the face of our sexually-dysfunctional culture, the Church longs to stand as an outpost of God’s ways of love and marriage, purity and wholeness.”  And yet, as this article goes on to the suggest, the ways in which we often pursue this leaves almost 80% of the audience distinctly marginalized.  A provocative read that should ignite a discussion in local churches.

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Dan CathyBy now, just about everyone is familiar with the Chic-fil-A “scandal” of 2012.  But what this article highlights are the beautiful/tragic/shameful/hopeful (it all depends on perspective) events that followed when Dan Cathy reached out to a prominent gay leader.  Be sure to read the comments that follow as they reveal a great deal about the “culture of suspicion” that continues to dominate our national discussion.

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Russian TiagaA rather intriguing article on an Orthodox Christian family that moved into the remote, Siberian wilderness to avoid state persecution.  They were so cut off from society that they had no awareness of the events of World War II.

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  1. I loved the Chick-Fil-A story. I wish that as a culture, we’d learn to listen with an open heart. That doesn’t mean that we have to agree, but that we attempt to put ourselves in another’s shoes and see life from their perspective in an attempt to understand how and why they have arrived at their views. I wish that we would learn to disagree without judgement (condemnation) as much as possible. As a culture, we’re taught how to talk, but we’re not taught the art of listening. This story gave me hope that it can be done.

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