The Law of Refrigerator Shelving

There will always be more tall items than places to store them upright in the refrigerator.

Corollary: Your family will always put short items in the most convenient tall space.

Reduce Personal Strife by Focusing on Two Things

Strife seems unavoidable in life. In fact, one might say that strife defines life.

We see strife in the Middle East. Strife in Washington, D.C. Strife in economics, strife in politics, strife in culture. Strife between siblings, couples, co-workers, nations. Strife just is. We probably wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves if there were no strife.

Even so, most of us would prefer to remove as much strife from life as possible.

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Those Times When Wisdom is Demonic

The report is that Solomon asked for wisdom, and God granted him that plus wealth, too.

I don’t know whether we think much about wisdom. We think in terms of education, and the type of degree we obtained (if we went to school), and, these days, whether we actually found employment in the same field as the degree. We think in terms of specialized training, such as to build houses, lay plumbing, or install electrical systems.

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The church has no meaning apart from Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The church has no might apart from the Holy Spirit of God.

The church has no message apart from the Gospel of God.

And the church has no means to rightly discern how its meaning, might, and message drive its mission apart from the Word of God

Rob Faircloth

Why Duct Tape Isn’t a Surgical Tool

A heart patient lies on the operating table, chest shaved and dabbed with Mercurochrome, tubes protruding, machines humming. A donor across country has provided a heart for transplant, and the medic delivers the vital organ in a nondescript cooler.

Medical personnel hastily prep the organ and make final adjustments to ready the patient for surgery.

Suddenly the patient’s eyes open wide, and he shouts “No! You cannot have my heart. I will not take someone else’s!” And gives his own orders to the doctors.

Despite their best efforts, doctors are unable to persuade the patient that getting rid of his old heart and receiving a new one are in his best interest, and in fact, is the only thing that could save him. Knowing that the donor’s heart can’t be used elsewhere, and giving in to the patient’s irrational demands, the doctors place the heart on the patient’s chest, and affix it with duct tape.

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When the Birth of Jesus is Troubling

Many people object to the Christmas story because it is too fantastic, resembling something more like a child’s fantasy than a fundamental tenet of a world religion.

After all, in the story of Jesus’ birth you find angelic revelations to both men and women that occurring in waking moments and in dreams, supernatural speech loss, virgin birth, astronomical signs, and international intrigue.

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The Present You Won’t Re-Gift (unless you do)

If you haven’t already grown anxious trying to find the perfect gift for that loved one, or the least expensive thing that might pass for a gift to that one you don’t love so much, you probably will soon.

And if you haven’t grown anxious about finding the perfect gift for another, then you’ve grown anxious that another might give you an imperfect gift, and are practicing your gift-opening poker-face.

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6 Compelling Reasons for Christians to Join a Church

Membership in the local church is increasingly seen as optional for Christians. Some churches don’t practice membership at all.

There are two primary ideas associated with this idea of optional membership, both of which undermine  the local congregation. The first is the notion that a person’s spiritual health is not dependent on gathering with other believers. In this view, someone can be Christian without attending corporate worship or Bible study regularly with the same group of believers, or without attending at all. The second is the idea that even if a believer is attending in some fashion, he need not be formally joined to that congregation through membership. In other words, she doesn’t need to be on a list of “members” to satisfy the communal aspects of her faith.

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