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My car’s out back if you’re ready to take that long walk from your front porch to my front seat. The door’s open, but the ride it ain’t free. — “Thunder Road” by Bruce SpringsteenIn his classic song “Thunder Road”, Bruce Springsteen sings to a woman named Mary. He’s romancing her, inviting her to come with him on an adventure. Mary’s a small-town girl, she’s just graduated from high school and she’s got the chance to hea»
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FaithVillage interviews faith and culture contributor JR. Forasteros.
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Five years ago today, I became Amanda’s husband. I also became JR. Forasteros. If you haven’t heard the story, when Amanda and I decided to marry, we chose a new last name together (rather than her taking my name, me taking her name, hyphenating or smashing our single-names together). Forasteros is Spanish for “traveler” or “stranger”. It’s the word Spanish translations of the Bible use in all those places that speak of caring for t»
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This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Q2014Don’t miss the StoryMen recap of #QNashville Day 1! Click here to listen.Brian Fikkert is an economist and the author of When Helping Hurts.Click here to check out the book on AmazonLet’s begin with 2 Questions:How would you describe success in your own life?How can you get there?How is Western Civ trying to help poor around the world?We could consider this the World Bank model: Success comes from»
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This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Q2014Don’t miss the StoryMen recap of #QNashville Day 1! Click here to listen.Are we really in a post-racial culture? Are we truly a meritocracy where race doesn’t matter and affirmative action is irrelevant?Time to trouble it. I want to diagnose it as a cultural sickness. A refusal to mourn the loss of a society that’s been organized by a hierarchy of race and gender. We refuse to mourn the loss of a»
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This entry is part 8 of 7 in the series Q2014Don’t miss the StoryMen recap of #QNashville Day 1! Click here to listen.The good news is that Christians are no longer the majority in American culture. Our idea of ourselves has been as the silent majority. Christian culture framed the Counter-Revolution of the 60s as a small, vocal-but-out-of-touch group. Most Americans were Christians.A qualification: Christianity is not being eviscerated in t»
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This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Q2014Don’t miss the StoryMen recap of #QNashville Day 1! Click here to listen.Love never fails. — 1 Corinthians 13.8Given our experiences of what it means to love and to be loved, how can we confidently say Love never fails? Love shames and even abuses us (because we are all sinners). As a result, our popular culture has begun to give up on love.Bruno Mars uses theological language in his song “Locked»
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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Q2014Don’t miss the StoryMen recap of #QNashville Day 1! Click here to listen.How can we help all men and women (especially those on the margins) to achieve their full potential?Many Christians look to Jeremiah 29:11 as a promise that God will cause them to flourish:I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. —»