Neologisms

culture language words Dec 31, 2018

Every year new words and phrases find their way into our vocabulary. 

  • Sometimes these neologisms are the result of political turns of events, like Brexit, alt-right, or newsjacking.
  • Sometimes it is technology and digital media that introduce new words like hashtag, emoji, or listicle.
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SF 01- Welcome to StandFast + Why Study Scripture & History

Welcome.

In SF 01 we work through a few preliminary details... like why George turned the foyer of his house into a library (as well as just how many books he really has).

Then we take on the idea of history. And the Bible. And why we need to study both.

We see that it's not about nostalgia, nor...

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Religion Externalized

culture Dec 24, 2018

Culture is simply a worldview made evident. It is basic beliefs worked out into habits of life. It is theology translated into sociology. Culture is a very practical expression of the common faith of a community or a people or a nation. Culture is, as Henry Van Til famously quipped, "religion...

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Just Preach It

church culture preaching Dec 10, 2018

When I was in seminary, the “Church Growth Movement” was just getting its sea legs.  So, of course, it was all the rage in the hallowed halls of academia—if not amongst the profs, most assuredly amongst their charges.  Filled with uninformed enthusiasm my peers tended...

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The God Who Answereth By Orphanages

compassion social justice Dec 03, 2018

In 1821, Dr. John Rippon, pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in Southwark, London, began a ministry to the homeless poor. A complex of almshouses was erected on a property adjacent to the church and the monumental task of rehabilitation was begun.

Rippon wrote, “Christian compassion is...

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Comenius

education Nov 26, 2018

We are all citizens of one world, we are all of one blood. To hate people because they were born in another country, because they speak a different language, or because they take a different view on this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human. Let...

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Inevitable Controversy

All leaders are controversial.  They invariably risk the ire of others.  Because they stand for certain things, they necessarily stand against certain things.  This causes them to stand out.  It makes them more than a little peculiar in this plain vanilla world of smothering...

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Education & Hope

Haarlem is a beautiful little Dutch town on the River Spaarne, 15-minutes by train from Amsterdam. Founded sometime in the 10th century, in 1245 it was granted city status or stadsrechten and was made the capital of the province of North Holland. By the 14th century, it had become a mercantile...

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Education & Culture

culture education family Nov 12, 2018

“A nation at risk.”  That is how the United States Department of Education once described our country’s educational crisis.  It was true then.  It still is.

The vast educational monolith in this country is a dismal failure:

  • Teacher competency is down. 
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Faster

We are so tragically, malignantly impatient.  Everything is moving faster and faster in our lives.  We have instant access to the  internet right on the phones in our pockets.  We do business “at the speed of light.” 

Speed and efficiency defines almost...

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