May 18, 2018

EVERYDAY CARRY

Everyday carry (EDC) refers to the items we carry with us on a consistent daily basis. As we work our way through the modern world, there are certain events we want to be prepared for, including emergency situations.

EDC has become increasingly popular over the last few years. I don't know why, but I find it really interesting to see what other people choose to carry with them throughout their daily lives. I don't know much about who they are, but I can tell that they lead VERY different lives from mine. I can think of very few situations in which I would ever need to carry a gun or two guns or a set of nunchucks.

You can check out everydaycarry.com for more inspiration and uploads. Or you can even search "Everyday Carry" on Amazon to find some really cool deals.

May 16, 2018

BETTER TOGETHER | One Another

The one thing about Jesus life and ministry that amazes me even more than the miracle stories is the kind of people he brought together. When I read through the Gospels, I am shocked at the kind of people Jesus hung out with, ate with, and called friends.

Just think for a moment of all the people Jesus interacted with and befriended.
  • Fishermen
  • Tax Collectors (Matthew, Zacchaeus)
  • Prostitutes
  • Lepers
  • Pharisees
  • Zealots (guerilla assassins who attempted to overthrow Rome and kill soldiers and tax collectors)
  • Roman Centurions
  • Leaders of the Synagogue
  • Poor beggars
  • Rich benefactors
  • The woman caught in adultery
  • The woman who had been divorced and remarried five times and was now shacking up with another guy
  • The Canaanite woman whose daughter was afflicted by an evil spirit
  • A desperate father wanting healing for his son
  • Desperate friends wanting healing for their paralyzed friend
  • Devout Jews
  • Rebellious Samaritans

May 11, 2018

BETTER TOGETHER | Head of Household

I want you to think for a few moments about who does what in your household.

In your home...
Who does the dishes? (Mom / Dad / Kids)
Who does the laundry? (Mom / Dad / Kids)
Who does the sweeping / vacuuming? (Mom / Dad / Kids)
Who does the yard work? (Mom / Dad / Kids)
Who cleans up the vomit? (Mom / Dad / Kids)
Who takes care of the pets? (Mom / Dad / Kids)
Who works more? (Mom / Dad)
Who makes more money? (Mom / Dad)
Who is the disciplinarian? (Mom / Dad)
Who is the spiritual leader? (Mom / Dad)
Who is more affectionate? (Mom / Dad)
Who is the boss? (Mom / Dad / Kids)

Isn't it interesting how we all kind of have different roles we fill in our households? In the majority of American households, the wives/mothers do the vast majority of the housework. I don't think any of us are surprised. What I find surprising, though, is this bit or research from The Atlantic:
Overall in the U.S., women clean more than men do. American men did an average of 15 minutes of housework each day, while women did 45, the Cassinos write. Most men—77 percent—did no housework on any given day, while most women—55 percent—did at least some.
The title of the quoted article is this: "Emasculated Men Refuse to Do Chores—Except Cooking." The article is about research showing a bizarre phenomenon. When wives make more money than their husbands, the men are less willing to help out around the house. It's a fascinating article, so please check it out.

Sadly, the best marriages are those in which the household work is split somewhat more evenly. While it's not necessarily a good idea to split it hard and fast down the middle (each partner performing exactly 50% of the chores), it is healthy for married couples to divide and conquer - and jumping in to help the other out on occasion without being asked. This article from Business Insider gives some great insight into how couples should approach their housework.

But this isn't an article about chores and housework. The way we view those tasks is a starting point for a larger conversation. In the United States we are still fighting against this idea that a woman's place is in the home. We still have an idealized view of the housewife who spends her day cleaning and cooking in a dress, high heels, and peals, so that everything is in pristine condition to welcome her hardworking husband home after a long day at the office.

We think this is normal. We think this is ideal. We think this is...God's ideal.

And that's where the danger comes in.

April 30, 2018

WE ARE YOUNG, pt 3

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
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I have a confession to make.

I get really defensive when I hear people complain about the younger generations.

I am a thirty-year-old youth minister. I am a Millennial who is ministering to Generation Z - you know, the tide-pod addicts who are always marching on Washington and stuff.

But I will also be the first to admit that getting defensive about any one particular generation is only going to drive yet another wedge into a massively divided culture. Each generation should be willing to hear and reflect on the criticisms of others.

No generation is inherently better than another. As we saw in my first post in this series, the older generations have been complaining about younger people since the beginning of history. No surprises here.

I guess the surprising thing for me is that we are STILL having these arguments.

April 27, 2018

WE ARE YOUNG, part 2

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
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I have a confession to make.

I am part of a nation-wide group whose sole purpose in life is to dismantle the beloved American way. We are called out on news networks across the country as cold-blooded killers. Our thirst for violence knows no end. No company is safe. No store is in the clear. We will gladly watch them all die a slow and painful death.

No, I'm not talking about any terrorist organization.

I'm talking about....Millennials.

Come on, surely you've seen the headlines!
Drat! Our dastardly plan has been foiled. Our whole plot undone. And we would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling....adults.