Jonathan Pokluda on Martyrs

The apostle Paul entered heaven to the cheers of those he martyred.

That’s how the Gospel works.

Jonathan Pokluda 

Man if that’s not a quote I don’t know what is. Granted, Jonathan doesn’t credit for it but in the same spirit; I’m sure whoever said it first is happy to see Christ glorified through it without his name attached. 🙏🏻

That’s the most shocking thing about Christianity to me; it just doesn’t make sense. This beautiful expression of change and hope and forgiveness just doesn’t fit with our perspective of right and wrong. It’s askew to us but totally makes sense to God. I think that’s why it’s so shattering when you see a glimpse of it here on earth.

Ruslan on Schooling

“As Christians, we cannot have a victim mentality. We cannot go out and look for things to be persecuted by. That is not helpful nor is it healthy.”

@ruslankd from a reaction video in response to an interview by Allie Stuckey with Kirk Cameron on the topic of homeschooling.

Phew – ok that byline was a MOUTHFUL! 😅 Sorry there’s a lot of parts there.

It’s funny, in watching the video I didn’t have a strong reaction to the topic of homeschooling (I’ll share my thoughts on that below) but rather how we engage with topics as Christians. I’m not of the mind that Christians shouldn’t talk about politics but I do feel like we need to go about it in a better way.

There are Christians facing persecution today, right now, in real time. I just don’t think it’s all of us, all the time, about everything. Schooling is one of those topics. Are there bad actors in the school system? Yes FOR SURE. But I don’t think we can attribute the extreme problems to those bad actors to the school system at large. Nor should we look down on the parents that had to deal with those bad actors and chose a different schooling path. I love Dr. Crenshaw’s quote, “we need to have better conversations” and describing the public school system as “grooming” our kids isn’t a better conversation. Let’s not be goofy and hyperbolic in our discussions. We can stand firm in our beliefs and add to the conversation without needing to demonize those that disagree with us.

I have a lot more to say but these captions can only be so long. 🤦🏻‍♂️

My thoughts on homeschooling? I’ve found from being exposed to ALL of the different types of schooling (public, private, military, home, unschooling, etc) it really seems like a family by family or even kid by kid decision. I don’t think it’s helpful to demonize the school system because a lot of people have a lot of different experiences there and I think the same goes for homeschooling. I’d support whatever works best for your family and your children. We’re all just trying to do our best out here and a little grace goes a long way.

Andy Crouch on Culture

“If we are known mostly for our ability to poke holes in every human project, we will probably not be known as people who bear the hope and mercy of God.”

@ahcpix from Culture Making

One pitfall I run into here is that I stumble on an author and not only are they prolific but the work I want to quote is not their most recent one. I wonder if Andy would feel here how the Verve Pipe feels when they present a whole new album of music and people just want to hear the freshman…again. So to apologize in advance to Andy (if you ever read this) I’m sorry if you’re thinking “I have all these fresh new ideas to talk about” and I’m over here like “Talk some more about culture!” 

I was listening to Jordan Raynors podcast and he mentioned a quote about culture from Andy Crouch which sent me down the rabbit trail of articles and YouTube videos about Andy’s work in this sphere and wow…is there a lot of it! I feel like being a citizen on the internet has introduced me to the idea before that you can’t stamp out bad culture by censoring* it; you just need to overwhelm it by creating good culture. So is “poking holes” considered bad culture? I would dare to opine that if ALL you create, and ALL that you consume has to do with the critique and teardown of others labored work; then you might be engaging in bad culture. Don’t get me wrong, when a new Marvel movie comes out, I listen to all the videos about the plot holes and the bad writing and the questionable decisions but at some point we should strive to be creators of culture and not just critics. 

So I ordered Andy’s book and if you’ve been here a while you know I have a problem with reading everything I have. There’s just so much amazing work out there!

*Just an aside, there are definitely things on the internet that should be censored. 100%, for sure, no debate.

Looking for Offense

“The more offense I was picking up, the more exhausted I became.” Jason Ewart

I was starting the series “Trigger Happy” from @hopelakecountry and man did this quote pop out at me. It’s so true – both in the finding of offense and the exhaustion of picking it up. I’ll likely sketch out the whole thing but this was one of those things that pastor Jason said that made the light bulb came on. God bless you friends! 🙌