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What Lens Are You Using?

What Lens Are You Using?


Posted By on Apr 4, 2017

Shawn Minks

I used to work in a Christian school in the Bible belt. It was a Christian school where the admissions policy required at least one parent from every incoming family to be a Christian. In the Atlanta area, that policy can be enforced with ease, as seemingly everyone claims to be a Christian. Even outside the Bible belt, according to recent surveys by the American Culture and Faith Institute, 7 out of 10 Americans call themselves Christians. However, just 1 in 10 holds to a Biblical worldview on topics such as “lying, cheating, stealing, pornography, the nature of God, and the consequences of unresolved sin.” Why this chasm between talk and walk? Think about it… some of you bristle at the very idea that someone claim an exclusive definition of a “Biblical worldview” of sin and a Savior. George Barna, the author of the above study, issues an important disclaimer: “Only God really knows who is a Christian. Only He knows who has a Biblical worldview. God alone knows what’s in the mind and heart of each person.” With that preface, many potential explanations exist for the chasm. One may not truly be a Christ-follower. All Christ-followers are continually growing in our understanding of who He is and how we are to respond. One need look no further than Paul, who could not understand why he did what he did not want to do (Romans 7). Still, our actions and decisions emanate from an often deeply entrenched worldview. Many folks are unhappy with the current direction of American culture. Culture is defined by behavior. Behavior is determined by values. Values do not exist in a vacuum; they are born out of a worldview. Ninety percent of a person’s worldview is formed during childhood and adolescence. In my experience, I have found that some view God’s Word through the lens of the world, and some view the world through the lens of God’s Word. The latter can be defined as a Biblical worldview. What lens are you using? I am a proponent of Christian schools for reasons far beyond the fact that they have provided employment for my wife and me for 25 years. Christian schools have partnered with my family for 22 years of raising children. On Monday through Friday, between class and school activities, our kids have spent the bulk of their waking hours in school. Teachers and coaches have been primary influencers on the shaping of our three children. I cannot imagine knowingly assigning influencers that regularly teach my kids that there is no such thing as truth – or encourage them to make their own. Rather,...

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So, what IS the reason for the season?  Quick and simple answer, of course, is Jesus!  This time of year, we hear it in songs, read it on greeting cards, and notice it on bumper stickers.   But, slowing down to take a little closer look may stir us to even deeper devotion and higher praise. The apostle, inspired by the Holy Spirit in Galatians 4:4-5, includes a brief but remarkable point that we often slide right over.  “But when the fullness of the time came…”  It’s Paul’s way of saying that beyond the fact that God’s Son CAME to earth…  WHEN He came is truly momentous.  He arrived on earth as the God-Man, Jesus, at precisely the right instant… in the “nick of time”! Using some documented, historical information concerning things like life and death of Israel’s King Herod, his known census mentioned in the New Testament, known astronomical events in the heavens, etc. we find that Jesus’ earthly life took place from 3 or 4 BC to approximately 30 AD.  Having pinpointed the “moment” in time, we can review what the world was like then… – the long-standing, strict and oppressive Roman rule over the known world served to heighten the longing for the coming Messiah in the hearts of all Jews to the highest levels. – that same imperial reign of the Caesars had eventually established the “Pax Romani” (the Roman Peace), an era of unprecedented tranquility which would make Christian evangelism possible and successful.  Within one generation of Jesus, all that would change. – a common language (Greek) had spread and was spoken all throughout the empire, making not only trade, but the wide transmission of Gospel truth rapid and effective. – sea lanes and international trade routes were openly established and securely monitored allowing the growth of Jesus’ message in virtually every culture. – during those particular 30-35 years a host of Old Testament prophecies were accurately fulfilled.  However, in order for this to be so, changes in the world had to have taken place ahead of time… changes such as….     …the Romans would have to institute an entirely new method of execution (crucifixion) which wasn’t even invented centuries earlier when the Messiah’s death was specifically and graphically described (Is. 53).    …Herod would have to feel the need to conduct an empire-wide taxation census to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem by precisely the right day, in order for the Savior to be born when and how it was foretold.    …in order for Jesus to be sold for the prophesied slave price (30 pieces of silver), an exact level of inflation in...

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Developing Kingdom Leaders

Developing Kingdom Leaders


Posted By on Oct 17, 2016

Shawn Minks

Character used to drive leadership; it was a prerequisite. Now, leadership often appears devoid of character. Even more, leading with character, and, in particular, referencing the source of that character, has become offensive in our culture.

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