Happy New Year! Among other things, 2016 marks my 20th year as a Christian and my 11th year studying Islam. That experience has made me the frequent target of many questions, and uncomfortably frequent hostility (and not from Muslims). As Muslim presence in America grows, and as events like those in Paris and San Bernadino dominate the headlines, it is more important than ever for Christians to understand Islam and work to reach this critical mission field.
What was your first encounter with death? An ominous and painful question for most of us.
What comes to mind when I mention the term “junior high students”? For many, it’s 13 year old boys with too much energy and too few showers per week. For others, it’s catty girls who spend too much time trying new makeup ensembles and experimenting with bizarre clothing styles.
I grew up in a small town in Virginia. Many people worked in factories including my mom and step-dad. They worked at a company that made glass bottles and my mom worked as an inspector while my step-dad worked in the “Hot End” where the actual bottles where made. Temperatures would exceed 150 degrees easily as the mixture of salt, old glass and chemicals were poured into a giant bowl and heated to 3,500 degrees.
Jon Gordon and Mike Smith’s new leadership book, You Win in the Locker Room First, provides powerful insight in an easily digestible format. Both men are skilled in creating quotable lines, so rather than outline the ideas of the book, this review simply highlights the top 16 quotes from You Win in the Locker Room First.
Kids long to be like their parents. They mimic every move of Mom and Dad simply because they are Mom and Dad. It’s tremendously beautiful. And, it’s equally terrifying.
Leaders have major impact on the teams and organizations they lead. Their leadership impacts the direction and the future. Their leadership attracts the type of people who will join the team, and greatly influences the culture. Even the expressions and mannerisms of leaders are often picked up by others throughout the organization. Leaders have a major impact; either for the health or for the harm of those they lead.
In July 2015, we launched Intersections without really knowing what to expect. We experienced tremendous joy in writing, receiving contributions from a litany of guests, positive feedback from several continents, and most of all, engaging friends and acquaintances in significant conversations.
“…It is undoubtedly the Duty of all Persons to serve the Country they live in, according to their Abilities; yet I sincerely acknowledge, that I have hitherto been very deficient in this Particular; whether it was for want of Will or Opportunity, I will not at present stand to determine: Let it suffice, that I now take up a Resolution, to do for the future all that lies in my Way for the Service of my Countrymen…” – Silence Dogood, April 30, 1722 (letter #3)
With millions of babies being aborted, countless miscarriages occurring daily, numerous stillborns globally, and other tragic deaths of small children taking place all the time, it is an important and incredibly comforting truth to embrace that all babies go to heaven.