The Power of Sleep

Sleep has always been a bit of a mystery for me. I sometimes wake up in the morning feeling more tired and sore than before I went to sleep. I am not always certain it is that restorative. Does it really matter if I sleep four or six or eight hours? My brother in law is a classic workaholic and claims that anything more than four hours a night is actually debilitating. Sometimes, sleep can be an interruption in the schedule. But according to a recent article in Time, “The Power of Sleep,” sleep matters a lot. According to the author, Alice Park, the latest research suggests that a healthy sleep habit is a matter of life and death.

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The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom

Anderson addresses multiple issues that need to be faced in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling. He argues that the consent-based view serves the desires of adults, not the needs or rights of children. Religious liberty will be threatened. The ruling, he argues, has clearly overreached its authority. Adoption and foster care religious entities will be forced to abandon their ministries if they don’t comply with the ruling. Religious schools are now vulnerable. Christian business people have had and will have major decisions ahead.


Contextualization Is Not Optional

Contextualization is not optional. Hear me, working to contextualize what you’re doing is not just mere pragmatism – “how to get stuff done” and “be more effective” (though those things are important). It is about loving people. A church that does not seek to contextualize itself, its ministries, the gospel message, and every other avenue of communication inevitably creates more barriers than bridges for the advancement of the gospel in our communities.

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Biblical Discipleship

Jesus made it clear in his Great Commission that we are to “make disciples” (Matt. 28:18-20). But how is this goal best accomplished? I would like to suggest that biblical discipleship takes place through companionship, preparing leaders to serve the church of Jesus Christ. Discipleship can be simply defined as “companionship in preparation for leadership.” […]