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Do You Make This Mistake When Arguing?

I call this mistake “Not keeping your eye on the goal.”

It means not being 100% clear on what your goal is.

So, what is your goal?

If your goal is to say what you think — and then feel good about having said it — that’s not going to benefit anyone. Not you, and not anyone else.

That’s like the people who just say “You’re an idiot.” No one is benefited by that.

Christianity and ISIS: Toward a Better World Pt. 1

It devastates me and I look away. But each day the murder toll of ISIS rises.

The world affords constant cause for outrage, such that I would not fault you for looking away and putting it out of mind. But is there a better world? Can we give a better world to our sons?

How To Give a Perfect Answer Pt. 2

“Don’t Make It Personal”

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
But a man of understanding remains silent.”
-Proverbs 11:12

In the last post we looked at the question: “How can I be more mature when I talk to people online?”

The answer in summary—Don’t make it personal, painful, demanding, or rude. Today the first point—Don’t make it personal.

Forums are for critiquing thoughts, not thinkers.

“Social Justice”

The Southern Blog recently posted an article on a question close to my heart: what do Christian leaders need to think, say, and do about the political changes rocking our country?

The article was called “Religious liberty, political engagement, and the future of ministry.” In it, Boyce College Professor Bryan Baise explained that Christian leaders should not be apathetic to political change, but should, “Learn about the nature of God and government,” and “read widely the ideas that shaped our nation.”

Platform-Building Pt. 1: Leaders Should Be Writers

Christian leaders have this in common: we work to reshape society. It’s why we invest in our families. It’s why we befriend people. It’s why we work in our churches, and it’s why many of us write.

In all areas of life this much is true: ideas matter.