Shane is an Iowa native, a follower of Jesus, a husband to Cheryl for 19 years, and a father of three teenagers. Shane and his family live in the Des Moines, IA area having moved back almost 10 years ago after living out of state for awhile in Illinois, Florida, Ohio and Indiana. Shane is […]
We knew Redeemer Community Church meets in a tough neighborhood. In fact, that’s why we’re here. So the sting itself didn’t catch our attention. But you could hear the gasps in the congregation when Joel told us the going rate for a prostitute in our neighborhood. Sex is cheap in Birmingham. You can get pretty much whatever you want for between $5 and $15. Our neighbors are selling their bodies for less than they could earn a couple blocks away working at McDonalds. Lord have mercy.
Our marriage law should reflect the truth about what marriage is: a pre-political institution springing from human nature itself. Government should not redefine or recreate marriage, nor should it obscure the truth about what marriage is. Recognizing same-sex relationships as marriages would weaken marriage as a social institution. It would redefine marriage as essentially an emotional bond, thus rendering marital norms arbitrary and less intelligible. It would further delink childbearing from marriage and deny, as a matter of law, the importance of a mother or a father in a child’s life. The outcomes associated with such absence are far from promising.
Michael Patton discusses answers questions his readers have had about textual criticism. An excerpt:
Textual criticism is the art and science of reconstructing the original text of the Scripture. A “text critic” is one who examines the available evidence and makes important decisions as to how the Bible we hold two thousand years later should read. There are not many text critics who are trained and skilled enough to make these type of decisions. It is both time consuming and expensive to devote yourself to this field. One has to be highly trained in the language in which he or she is working, they have to devote much time to tedious examination of ancient texts, and they have to travel—a lot! This all gets expensive.
8. Common Core State Standards explained.
I work with American Principles Project and one of the issues we tackle is the Common Core State Standards. One of my colleagues, Jane Robbins, did a five part series on the subject. I’ve embedded the first one here, but you can watch the rest here. It’s been an issue I’ve been passionate about, and Jane does a great job explaining why I’m against it.
About the Author: Shane Vander Hart is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm. Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings. He has also served as an interim pastor and is a sought after speaker and pulpit fill-in. Shane has been married to his wife Cheryl since 1993 and they have three kids. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA. You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +. More from this author.