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Bruce Ashford recently posted an article at his personal blog discussing how there is no social transformation without representation, and what we should expect in a nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States. Dr. Ashford writes:

The British cultural critic G. K. Chesterton once noted, “Seemingly from the dawn of man all nations have had governments, and all nations have been ashamed of them.” What is true of “all nations” in relation to their governments is true of many “Americans” in relation to the Supreme Court majority.


During the last half of the twentieth century, we the people experienced a social transformation being imposed upon us by a number of justices on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). These judges were able to impose their social views upon us by employing what is called a “living document” view of the Constitution. This imposition, no matter how well-intended, undermines our democratic republic.


Most proponents of the “living document” view contend that the constitutional framers specifically wrote the Constitution in broad and flexible terms so that future judges could reinterpret it in light of “the times.” In effect, justices who employ this view from the Supreme Court bench are able to take things out of the Constitution that they do not like and insert things they do.


Beth Allison Bar recently posted at The Anxious Bench on the value of failure in graduate school:

My husband suggested once that I have lunch with a friend. She was a graduate student, and struggling in the program. “Did you tell her I almost quit?” I asked. “Oh, yeah,” my husband said. “That is why I thought you should talk with her.”


Graduate school is one of the hardest things I have ever done. Although I am grateful for the excellent program I attended and my superb adviser (who is still my friend and advocate), I have no desire to return to my graduate years.


I expected the painful work load, the never ending research projects and papers, the complete lack of sleep for days on end, and even the political drama among both faculty and students.


What I didn’t expect was how much I would fail.


Benjamin Quinn wrote an article for the Intersect Project discussing how to destroy the divide between pulpit and pew. Dr. Quinn writes:

My older brother, Brandon, serves as principal of the public high school from which we both graduated. He recently told me a story about a kid we’ll call Cory who was in and out of Brandon’s office for reasons mostly related to drug possession. As Brandon questioned Cory about the situation, he discovered Cory’s problem wasn’t drug use — it was his family.


Cory’s parents were using him to deliver drugs to another kid at school, who then delivered them to his own parents. Their logic was that if Cory got caught, his punishment, as a minor, would be minimal. If they got caught, it would likely entail jail time. In other words, lower risk for him than for them.


In one emotional conversation with Cory, Brandon asked, “Do you want out of this?” With teary eyes, Cory said, “Show me how! There ain’t no way out of this!”


After Brandon shared this story with me, he asked about my job as a college and seminary professor: “What do you do every day?” I told him about various theology courses and students preparing for pastoral ministry and mission work. I also expressed my great delight in my work despite its challenges.


Less than three minutes after telling me about Cory, Brandon said, with all sincerity, “I just don’t see how what I do is as important as what pastors, missionaries or seminary professors do.”


My jaw dropped, and my heart broke. How could Brandon conclude that his work is less valuable than mine? The question was a turning point.


Dr. Jamie Dew posted an article earlier this week discussing the role of apologetics in the believer’s life.

Over the past few weeks we’ve considered doubt. I’ve looked at the causes, and I’ve suggested that we need friends and fellow believers to help us through times of doubt and struggle. I have not, at least not until now, said anything about the role of apologetics in the life of the believer who struggles with doubt. But obviously, any discussion on doubt needs to turn to this important question at some point.


For me, apologetics has been a huge help as I’ve continued to follow Christ. It’s given me the opportunity to explore my questions and my doubt, and to wrestle with very difficult matters. In the end, the process has made my faith stronger. Most of us who study apologetics recognize that it has as much to offer the believer and the church as it does the non-believer. So, if you struggle with doubt, you need apologetics. But, let me clarify a few things before you set your self to the task.


Christopher Poirier posted a helpful article at the Intersect Project website: “The Geek Contextualization: Finding the Geeks.” Christopher writes:

Have you ever noticed how the gospel thrives in the most unlikely places? For example, in the first century, the gospel thrived not among the Jews, but the pagan Gentiles. Today, the gospel thrives not in the so-called “Christian” West, but in parts of Asia under heavy persecution.


So, today Geek culture seems like a very unlikely place for the gospel to thrive. But God has done stranger things. So here’s the question: How can you and I share the gospel within this community?


Here at Intersect, we started having this conversation with a recent post, “The Geek Contextualization: Putting the Gospel Where the Geeks Are.” This piece will now be the foundational discussion point for a series on how to engage this large, and growing, community.


In part one of this series, I provided a broad definition of the Geek culture. The truth is, Geek culture is difficult to pin down. Part of what makes the Geek culture so large, dynamic and full of life is that new niches, games, movies and characters are constantly expanding the culture and its fan base each and every day.


But just how large is this group? Answering this question is difficult, and very little research exists to quantify it. That said, here are a few things we do know


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