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Friday, October 2, 2015

Nature Doesn't Care About Us

 The Galli Report newsletter
October 02, 2015    

What a Happy Marriage Looks Like
In our 41 years of marriage, my wife and I have never discussed whether we're egalitarian or complementarian. What we've discussed is how to make our marriage work, and we answer that question not by some ideology, but in light of the on-the-ground realities of family, gifts, and gender differences. That's one reason I especially appreciated "The Female Breadwinner Conundrum: Most women don't want to be the family breadwinner, but new research finds they're happy with just about any arrangement if they're married." I suspect many couples would be happier if they stopped talking about what "should be" based on preconceived notions and instead looked at their specific marriage, with its unique circumstances, and how that marriage can be made to work better.
Why It's Hard to Be a Pastor-Theologian
The entrepreneurial pastor has been ascendant for some decades now. These pastors are geniuses at starting and growing churches, but often at the expense of richer biblical and theological teaching. At CT we've been championing the return of the pastor-scholar. Congregations not grounded in biblical teaching are very much subject to every wind of culture. Still, any pastor who tries to study more deeply and integrate theology into preaching and teaching will live with a few tensions, as this article by CT columnist Andrew Wilson explains. Having been a pastor-theologian back in the day, I believe he "gets it."
Put Down the Cell Phone, and Walk Away Slowly
That might be the best advice to engender deeper conversations. Apparently cell phones make it harder for us to talk to one another at more significant levels.
In a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, 89 percent of cellphone owners said they had used their phones during the last social gathering they attended. But they weren't happy about it; 82 percent of adults felt that the way they used their phones in social settings hurt the conversation.
The New Yorker's article "Stop Googling. Let's Talk." made me wonder if we should make people get permits to "conceal and carry" cell phones, making it a federal offense to use them when in conversation with a real human being.
Nature Doesn't Care About Us: That's Good News Actually
Whether you've seen "Nature Is Speaking," the videos produced by Conservation International that have garnered millions of views on YouTube, you may be interested in this brief review of the one in which Julia Roberts speaks as Mother Nature herself. There is a lot that is wise and good in modern environmentalism, and some that borders on nature worship. But Robert Barron does a judo move on the Roberts film, showing that while formally assuming a more pagan view of creation, the segment is an inadvertent apology for the need for a Christian view.
Grace and peace,
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Editor, Christianity Today

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