long time – Three Wise Men Blog http://threewisemenblog.com/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 22:03:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://threewisemenblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/3.png long time – Three Wise Men Blog http://threewisemenblog.com/ 32 32 Six Steps to Managing Sacred Discontent https://threewisemenblog.com/six-steps-to-managing-sacred-discontent/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 12:29:33 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/six-steps-to-managing-sacred-discontent/ I’m not saying this because I’m needy, because I’ve learned to be happy no matter what. I know what it’s like to be needy, and I know what it’s like to have a lot. I learned the secret of being content with any situation, whether I am well fed or hungry, whether I live in […]]]>

I’m not saying this because I’m needy, because I’ve learned to be happy no matter what. I know what it’s like to be needy, and I know what it’s like to have a lot. I learned the secret of being content with any situation, whether I am well fed or hungry, whether I live in abundance or in need. Philippians 4:11-12

These words have been ringing in my head for months, even years.

I learned to be content with all situations…

The truth is that I am do not contents. I have not been satisfied for a very long time. I am struggling with real discontent in my life, and the words of scripture haunt me.

Let’s be honest: I have everything! I am more than blessed in life. I have an amazing husband who loves me like Christ loves the church. My children are amazing young adults who are doing well in this life with an incredible future ahead of them. I have a great job working with wonderful people.

And, of course, I have a God who loves me and has restored my life as only a loving and sovereign God can.

What is there to be unhappy about?

Honestly, I have no reason to be upset, but I have this growing sense of frustration deep in my soul. I find myself restless, thinking there must be more to this life. I will probably go from a full house – all three kids at home – to an empty night next this year. I struggle with the reality that I missed out on so much of my children’s lives trying to make a living and now their childhood is over.

I’m exhausted.

I’m exhausted.

I’m tired of fighting for more.

I am unhappy in this life.

I’ve done a lot of soul-searching over the past few years to get to the root cause. I looked at the seasons of my life when I felt the most fulfilled, the most satisfied. I know that much of my dissatisfaction has to do with a lack of work-life balance, feeling that my life revolves around a job rather than the most important things in this life – well, my family, my passion. I know I feel trapped, as if many years of struggles as a single mother have left me so far behind financially that retirement seems impossible.

But it’s more than that. I just feel that God created me for more than that, that he has a bigger and still unfinished plan for me. I know what my heart yearns for, but I find it hard to get from where I am to where I want to be. Given the choice, I would literally start over and embark on a whole new career (a term I use very lightly). But how do you start over when you have a mortgage, kids and responsibilities?

As I struggle with discontent in my life, I am learning to find God’s perfect peace despite circumstances. And, maybe that’s what Paul is referring to in Philippians 4. I think there’s a holy discontent—one that pushes us to the Savior’s feet and to explore God’s plan for our lives. I think a holy discontent drives us to pursue the abundant life for which God created us. I think a holy discontent arises in our lives when we do not move forward for the purpose for which God created us.

So how do we deal with this kind of sacred discontent? As I fell to my knees before God this week, I felt Him tell me six simple ways to deal with discontent.

Wait for God. Can I be honest? I think in my displeasure I have outstripped God in recent years. I was so desperate to move forward that I made changes without hearing him give me directions.

No more.

Yesterday, as I poured out my heart to God, I had an overwhelming feeling that I should just wait. Wait for His direction. Wait for His voice. Wait for Him to guide my steps. Like the Israelites in the desert, I find myself begging for a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to guide my steps.

Be quiet before the Lord and wait for it patiently; Psalm 37:7

Trust his plan. Like I said, I’ve been thinking a lot about life over the past few years. The truth is that God has always been faithful. Always. His loyalty certainly doesn’t mean easy, but it does mean that in his time, in his own way, he always got away with it. It means he took some of the most horrible and painful circumstances this life could present to me and created something beautiful.

With over 40 years of following God, I can truly say He is faithful, He is good, His mercies are renewed every morning. I know that even in this season of discontent, He has a plan – a plan I can trust. It may take my heart and brain a while to remember those lessons learned in the desert, but I will continue to remember his faithfulness until they are once again etched deep in my heart. soul. I will continue to think of the good things of God (Philippians 4:8) until my mind is completely renewed (Romans 12:2).

Embrace the journey. If there’s any sage advice I’ve received in my entire life, it would be to simply embrace the journey because it’s the journey that changes us. Go back to the book of Exodus and read the story of the Israelites in the desert. God told them to make a camp. Do not wander aimlessly. Set up camp. Plan to stay a while. Make at home. Why?

Because God did incredible wonders in their presence in the desert. It was in the desert that the Israelites really learned the goodness and faithfulness of God. It was in the desert where he tenderly cared for all their needs, from daily food to clothes that did not wear out. It was in the wilderness that he showed them the true condition of their hearts (Deuteronomy 8:2) and molded them in his image.

I encourage you to search the scriptures and research all the biblical characters that were used by God and see if they spent time in the wilderness. Abraham. Moses. David. Elijah. Paul. Time and time again we see God sending his servants into the wilderness to get to know him.

The desert is a time when God allows God to do mighty work in you so that He can do mighty work through you.

Explore your life. I am in a period of self exploration – again. Around the time I went through my divorce, I went through a period of rediscovering who I am, what I want out of life. I found new activities that gave me energy and strength and taught me how and where to meet God. Now, some twelve years later, I am in a new season of life and rediscovering myself again. The things I loved back then – things like running – are no longer an option due to injuries.

It’s time to start all over again.

The biggest question I ask is simply this: “If money were no object, what would I be doing with my life?” I know without a doubt that it involves people. It involves encouraging others to walk closer to the Father. It involves taking the lessons God has given me and sharing them with the world.

But there is more. What activities do I like? How is my relationship with God? What obstacles do I encounter that prevent me from moving forward? What should I eliminate from my life? What should I add?

Perhaps the most crucial question is this: Am I ready to do whatever it takes to create the life I want?

It’s easy to stay in the status quo, to keep doing what I’m doing now because it’s comfortable. But it’s when we step off the boat onto the waves of the unknown that we find our Father reaching out. Am I ready to get out of the boat?

Seek his peace. Even in a state of discontent, I can be at peace – and that’s a lesson I’m learning today. Peace is not necessarily and the absence of discontent – at least not if it is holy discontent to bring you into God’s purpose for your life. Peace East an overwhelming feeling that God is with me and in control. He promises us his perfect peace when our hearts and minds are focused on him (Isaiah 26:3) and when we think of things that are beautiful, noble, true, and righteous (Philippians 4:7).

Struggle with God. Have you thought about God’s wrestling match with Jacob? Years ago I came across the most amazing truth while reading about Jacob’s wrestling match with God. If you haven’t read it, you can read it here. If you read the scriptures carefully, you see that before Jacob wrestled with God, he always referred to Yahweh as “the God of Abraham and Isaac”, his ancestors. He never referred to Yahweh as his own. But, after wrestling with God, you can see this dramatic change in his mentality. Suddenly Yahweh is his God. It was in the wrestling match that Jacob came face to face with the God of his fathers and established a personal relationship with Yahweh.

The struggle with God changed Jacob forever!

I think many of us are afraid to struggle with difficult questions of faith, to admit to God that we don’t trust him or have doubts about our faith. I know I’ve been there. If you are in this situation, I encourage you to struggle with God. Wrestle with him about your fears, your faith, your situation. Wrestle with him about his character, his plan. Wrestle with him about your discontent in this life. He will not be offended. Instead, he will kiss you until you leave changed forever.

Maybe we should all take wrestling lessons.

I don’t know where you are, but I’m in the midst of a grave holy displeasure. Maybe, just maybe, we can all take these six steps and come out the other side – forever changed by our good, good Father. Will you join me on the trip?


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BLOG: In search of a “verse of life” https://threewisemenblog.com/blog-in-search-of-a-verse-of-life/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 17:00:56 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/blog-in-search-of-a-verse-of-life/ You may have been there too. You are in a small group at church, and everyone is invited to share their name and a bit about themselves. “Let’s go around the room. Say your name and where you are from. Also, share your life verse. “Life Verse.” I don’t know exactly how old I was […]]]>

You may have been there too. You are in a small group at church, and everyone is invited to share their name and a bit about themselves.

“Let’s go around the room. Say your name and where you are from. Also, share your life verse.

“Life Verse.” I don’t know exactly how old I was when I first encountered the suggestion of having a life verse.

According to an article on Crosswalk.coma “verse of life” is “a biblical verse that a Christian believes to be specifically representative or predictive of his life”.

If you are reading this and you already have and know and can recite your life verse, I want to applaud you.

Still, there may be other readers here who don’t have one yet. It’s possible if you’re a bit like me, you were almost like that kid from the glacier. You find it difficult to choose a single favorite.

This is the person I want to talk to. First of all, it’s okay if you don’t have a life verse yet. God did not directly command every Christian to “fetch a verse of life.” Then it’s okay to have a few verses of life.

Then there is nothing wrong with your “life verse” changing over time as the seasons of life change. For a long time my life verse was found in Psalm 1. For another period of my life it was John 10:10 (“I have come for you to have life and life in abundance”).

Finally, it is normal to have a familiar or even less predictable life verse. I know people whose life verse is something familiar, like Jeremiah 29:11 (Yes, they know God was speaking to Jeremiah, but they find special hope and meaning in this verse). I know of others who have chosen a more obscure verse, perhaps found in a minor prophet or a New Testament epistle.

For every Christian, however, I would say there is great comfort in seeking God through His Word so much that a verse of life rises to the top. Spend time praying about it, meditating and searching. Whether in your daily Bible readings or during a sermon or some other time, pray and ask God to show you a verse.

Why are we doing this? Not if we have a fancy response when asked in a group. Even if we cannot have a better profile on social networks. But we do this in order to be able to grasp the Word of God even more effectively; or more importantly, the Word of God can have a better hold on us.


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The Newcastle United Blog | Howe provides injury update and thoughts on Southampton forward rotation https://threewisemenblog.com/the-newcastle-united-blog-howe-provides-injury-update-and-thoughts-on-southampton-forward-rotation/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 11:54:49 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/the-newcastle-united-blog-howe-provides-injury-update-and-thoughts-on-southampton-forward-rotation/ Eddie Howe gave his press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s match at Southampton. The boss has confirmed there are no new injury concerns following the win over Brighton. Although there have been a few issues, it looks like everyone available over the weekend will be in contention tomorrow. Newcastle also released footage from yesterday’s training […]]]>

Eddie Howe gave his press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s match at Southampton. The boss has confirmed there are no new injury concerns following the win over Brighton.

Although there have been a few issues, it looks like everyone available over the weekend will be in contention tomorrow. Newcastle also released footage from yesterday’s training session which showed Matt Ritchie back with the group.

Here is Howe’s injury update from the Newcastle Twitter account:

“We have no serious injuries. We had a few problems after the game against Brighton, but we had Matt Ritchie back in training, so that’s a very good thing.

Howe has kept pretty much the same team during our recent five-in-six game streak. The schedule allowed for a full week of preparation for most of these matches. That changes now with three matches in seven days.

This could be the time Howe rotates his squad with the likes of Sean Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes and Jamaal Lascelles among others desperate for an opportunity. Howe addressed this topic saying:

“We will look to make the right decisions for the team.

“I think with the run we’ve had I’ve been hesitant to change things up because the team has been lacking pace for a long time so when you get it you want to try and improve not disrupt it. .

“That doesn’t mean I don’t believe in the players I don’t use, that’s the main thing. I believe in them and I believe they can all play a huge role in the future, but I have to just face the here and now.

The overall performance slumped against the Seagulls, but Newcastle managed to earn a key 2-1 win. Howe could again keep changes to a minimum tomorrow and then shake up the squad for the trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

One change fans might expect is the return of Allan Saint-Maximin to the starting XI. The Frenchman came on as a substitute against Brighton after missing the previous two matches with a calf injury.

Howe was hesitant when asked about Saint-Maximin as he feels he is still not in top form. The 24-year-old will certainly have a role at St Mary’s, but it may be another cameo, as Howe put it:

“He’s not 100% fit. He did one day of training in three weeks before the previous game, but we’re keen for him to get back to his best level.

“I think when he came on he did well and I thought he gave us a boost. We try to develop his physical condition.

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Blog: Why the Meta-Concept Failed to Catch Facebook Users Much (2/27/22) https://threewisemenblog.com/blog-why-the-meta-concept-failed-to-catch-facebook-users-much-2-27-22/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 05:04:26 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/blog-why-the-meta-concept-failed-to-catch-facebook-users-much-2-27-22/ Ever since Facebook changed its name to Meta, Mark Zuckerberg has been in deep waters of legal litigation and massive revenue losses. This clearly illustrates a central problem among Facebook users losing interest in the platform. There are various reasons why Meta is not very attractive to Facebook users. Here are the most common and […]]]>

Ever since Facebook changed its name to Meta, Mark Zuckerberg has been in deep waters of legal litigation and massive revenue losses. This clearly illustrates a central problem among Facebook users losing interest in the platform. There are various reasons why Meta is not very attractive to Facebook users. Here are the most common and problematic among former users who left this platform.

Facebook has reached ex-growth

For nearly 18 years, Facebook has continued to grow and evolve for the better. Some of the best social media developments have been pioneered by this platform, contributing to a steady annual increase in the number of users. Unfortunately, Facebook has reached the ex-growth stage where nothing can save the appeal of this platform.

Even the new Meta rebranding won’t stop users from reviewing Facebook Alternatives 2022 has to offer. New platforms like Retalk that are still in development might have better prospects than Facebook. Although this social media platform once caused a stir on the internet, it has gradually lost users, reflecting deep consumer distrust and disinterest.

Apple’s latest update sent stock price crashing

Shareholders are also losing faith in Meta’s revenue-generating ability and selling their holdings. The culprit, in this case, is the latest update released by Apple that allows users to easily disable app tracking.

Most Apple users have disabled this feature, with the by-product being that Facebook cannot personalize ads for those who have opted out of being digitally tracked. While this feature has always been around, it wasn’t as common until Apple software engineers developed a pop-up prompt asking users if they allow apps to track their activity. This development has led shareholders and users to lose interest in Meta’s social media platform, Facebook.

Meta’s expansion outlook looks bleak

When the Facebook company was renamed Meta, it had development prospects mainly oriented towards the Metaverse. Although the Metaverse could be a game-changer for the social media sphere and even e-commerce, Meta doesn’t seem like a good choice. The Metaverse involves NFT trading and other features that work on blockchain technology.

The design of the blockchain is decentralized, and on the other hand, Meta’s outlook seems a bit centralized. As a result, Facebook users are losing interest in this business and jumping ship. Some users think Meta is turning into a brand they didn’t buy at first and then lose interest.

Enhanced Meta Monitoring

Facebook’s rebranding to Meta also kicked off a Pandora’s box with Congress and exposed more suppressed legal issues regarding Facebook. For example, there is a particular diary called the “Facebook Files” revealing certain criminal activities catalyzed by this platform.

These cases had been going on for a long time, but they were suppressed and only came under greater scrutiny once the rebranding was announced. Some of the criminal activities reported on this platform include human trafficking and even drug dealing. Facebook lost its appeal to aware users of this platform as soon as this news started to surface and circulate.

TikTok is very competitive

TikTok is a long time enemy from Facebook since it revolutionized the concept of sharing visual media on a mobile application. Although Facebook allows users to post videos and images, the app was a bit tame. While TikTok has revolutionized gaming from the core by offering endless scrolling, short video posting and other cool features on its platform.

Facebook started to replicate this and attracted more users with this feature. However, the replica was not as good as the original and hence users are turning to TikTok. With the black cloud hanging over Facebook, TikTok has reached over a billion users.


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Blog: Blaming God | Oklahoma Baptist Messenger https://threewisemenblog.com/blog-blaming-god-oklahoma-baptist-messenger/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 17:30:14 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/blog-blaming-god-oklahoma-baptist-messenger/ My wife and I have taught Sunday school classes to children for years. Sometimes these kids say the funniest things. Once while teaching the story of Noah’s Ark I decided to share some additional details in the story about how long the Bible says it took Noah to build the ark and how Noah lived. […]]]>

My wife and I have taught Sunday school classes to children for years. Sometimes these kids say the funniest things.

Once while teaching the story of Noah’s Ark I decided to share some additional details in the story about how long the Bible says it took Noah to build the ark and how Noah lived. One child was a little confused by my sharing of additional details and came home to tell his father, “Dad, my teacher said Noah had been on the ark for 1,000 years. Is it correct?”

Another child, on hearing of a “new Christian class” meeting nearby, said this: “Mr. Hobbs, I did this. I am also a new Christian! I replied, “Are you?” He said in all sincerity and with a smile, “Yes, I forgave Jesus a long time ago!”

At times like these, it reminds me that it’s not just children who can be confused. We adults can be confused too, even with full access to God’s Word and solid biblical teaching.

Going a step further, if we’re being honest, that last child’s comment—”I’ve forgiven Jesus too”—hits closer to home than we first think. Many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, walk around blaming God for all their problems, acting as if He is the one we must forgive.

We often think along these lines. I’m sick (so it’s God’s fault). I’m not doing well financially (God forsook me). I have relationship problems (God put this difficult person in my life).

What is amazing to consider, however, is how often the Bible shows that these kinds of thoughts are common among God’s people.

Think of Job in his sufferings, how he blamed not Satan but God for his great misfortunes (“Although the Lord kills me…” Job 13:15). Remember all the Psalms of Lamentation (“Why, Lord, are you staying away? Why do you hide in difficult times? Psalm 10:1).

We see that God understands or perhaps even expects us to experience anxiety and doubts, he even anticipates that we might take it out on Him.

It is in these times that God wants us to pour out our hearts to Him, deepening our faith. Jesus said:In this world you will have trouble… But don’t worry! I overcame the world(John 16:33).

The next time trouble surrounds you, remember that Jesus Himself went through the greatest trials and sufferings, and He sympathizes with our weaknesses. Use your sorrows as a springboard to grow, not in doubt and fear or blame, but to grow in wisdom and faith.

It’s a truth so simple that even a child can understand, but also so profound that it can take a long time – perhaps even something like 1,000 years – to fully grasp it.


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CT’s best brewery is alcohol-free, according to national food blog Tasting Table https://threewisemenblog.com/cts-best-brewery-is-alcohol-free-according-to-national-food-blog-tasting-table/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 03:51:24 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/cts-best-brewery-is-alcohol-free-according-to-national-food-blog-tasting-table/ While Connecticut has over 120 different breweries, one brewery stands out above the rest, at least according to the food and drink blog Tasting table. Athletic Brewery, a Stratford brewery specializing in non-alcoholic beer, has been named the state’s best brewery in a new list released by the site. The Connecticut brewery was the only […]]]>

While Connecticut has over 120 different breweries, one brewery stands out above the rest, at least according to the food and drink blog Tasting table.

Athletic Brewery, a Stratford brewery specializing in non-alcoholic beer, has been named the state’s best brewery in a new list released by the site. The Connecticut brewery was the only one named on the list that specializes in non-alcoholic beer.

“[Athletic Brewing] is changing the way people think about non-alcoholic beer,” the site says, noting the sour soul and Free Way Hazy IPA as features of Athletic.

Tasting Table chose the best brewery in each state based on three criteria: sustainability, innovation and B Corp Statuswhich is a label granted to companies for their “social and environmental performance”.

Athletic Brewing Company has won a number of awards during its tenure at Stratford, including being named International Beer Challenge Gold Winnerrecognized as one of the “world’s most innovative companies” by Fast Company magazine and named a Great American Oktoberfest winner.

Additionally, the company has caught the eye of a number of iconic athletes who have invested in the business, including Arizona Cardinals star JJ Watt, cyclist Lance Armstrong and Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck.

“It’s been incredibly rewarding and uplifting to see how it’s been received because you never know when you’re starting, and there’s definitely some skepticism at the start,” co-founder John Walker told Hearst Connecticut in a article from 2019. “It took a long time to get to a comfortable spot but we hit our stride and then we were able to do [the] things that people want to do, which is to explore and play with different flavors.



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Save Evangelism | creed of jesus https://threewisemenblog.com/save-evangelism-creed-of-jesus/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 13:08:21 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/save-evangelism-creed-of-jesus/ For a long time, let’s just say for more than a century, certain Church historians have told a story: from Jerusalem to Antioch to Ephesus to Rome, then from Rome to Wittenberg and Geneva then to London then to the colonies and Revivals and revivals , then to Princeton and, for the more evangelical types, […]]]>

For a long time, let’s just say for more than a century, certain Church historians have told a story: from Jerusalem to Antioch to Ephesus to Rome, then from Rome to Wittenberg and Geneva then to London then to the colonies and Revivals and revivals , then to Princeton and, for the more evangelical types, to Grand Rapids and Wheaton and Nashville and Colorado Springs. It was the story of Great Men and Great Events that mattered, let’s be honest, to those who wrote history. Who weren’t so much independent agents as they were agents of a place in history that held power, almost all white power. That doesn’t make it all wrong. No, that makes it unbearably narrow and biased.

I’m skipping lanes outside of my discipline, so I may need to be corrected about that. But that’s what I think. I welcome your comments. There are huge gaps in my reading. Forgive them. This sketch concerns the recent failure of some to welcome constructive criticism of the way the history of the Church and the Gospel are told.

This “standard” story of church history for many in my world told, not the history of the church and not the history of the world church, but the history of evangelism in the States States – red, white and blue. In this newsletter, I will keep an eye primarily on the American church, but I do so with a constant smirk that there is a story of much larger church history that does not concern the United States. . Gary Dorrien has done so much good work on the history of American liberal Christianity.

When Al Mohler recently claimed that American evangelicalism is the heir to the Reformation – wow, what a claim – he is telling a very narrow story. One who, at best, is a smidgeon of truth. What about German and Scandinavian Lutherans or Dutch or South African Reformed and Irish Presbyterians and South Korean Presbyterians and South and Central American Charismatics and Pentecostals? Aren’t they heirs? some are, some are not. It is beyond narrowness to think that American evangelicals, especially conservatives, are the heir. Canada is also part of this story. I’ll drop the need to expand the story for a moment, but more will be added below.

The story of this story was written by authors like Mark Noll and David Bebbington. Their books are both numerous and highly influential.

This history, which is only part of the history of the church, has classically eschewed the Arminian and holiness wings of the church, the restoration movement, and the Anabaptist/Neo-Anabaptist wing. Scholars like Donald Dayton have told the Holiness/Charismatic story well but have often been intentionally ignored. John Stackhouse added a new (non-denominational) element to the mix, and some ignored his specific reminder. Many urge us today to consider the Orthodox Church in all its varieties.

But more than other theological wings of the church have been ignored, and here I refer only to the American experience. Church history for the most part, but ignores the African American church (the black church) and the Latin American church (the brown church), and can be read about in Raphael Warnock and Robert Chao Romero. To include the excluded others in church history, many today turn to Justo Gonzalez’s wonderful books on church history and the history of theology. And what about the Asian American church? You can read Sharon Kim’s study.

Now add that women have been ignored, and recent studies of Church history have placed women where they need to be: in the middle of the mix. They weren’t considered the “Great Men” of the past and often didn’t have the power to create the Great Events, but they were there. One scientific study after another has pointed the finger at women in the church, and I’m thinking of Lynn Cohick and Amy Hughes to name just one (see below). The literature of feminists and women on American church history and wider church history is immense. Much of it features showy reviews and deserves careful listening.

And the slaves too. They were a vibrant part of (mostly ignored) American church history, but one study after another has opened the door to the vicious treatment of “new” world slaves as well as their powerful spiritual visions. . Read Lisa Bowens and Emerson Powery.

Women’s studies over the past two years have turned the apple basket upside down in a new way. It’s because they are women, but because what they wrote is frankly not entirely new. Yes, very fresh and engaging prose and very well-researched stories, mostly of things that a lot of irritated grew up with. So Kristin Kobes Du Mez showed the inextricable connection between evangelicalism and masculinism and militarism, and Beth Allison Barr kicked down a few doors and threw a few bricks through some windows on what’s really going on with complementarism. What they did was show that these ideological tendencies of evangelicalism were exactly what George Marsden showed: linked to culture and not just to the Bible and theology. The very valuable doctrines of the complementarians and the obviously fragile egos of some of their most vocal supporters have had enough and are now saying that these authors don’t like the church.

A big hooey on that! If I knew how to do a poo emoji, I would.

Was it because they were women?

Here’s why I say it: If you’ve read books on evangelism in the last forty years, and I’ve read more than my fair share as an NT teacher (and not a church historian), you will know that scholars who love the church and even have great affection for evangelism and have called it to repentance for its corruptions and theological blunders and its entanglement with culture, power and politics Americans. Here are the names, and if you don’t know them, check out some of their books:

Ernest Sandin

Clarence Bass

Richard Quebedeaux

Bernard Ramm

George Marsden

James Barre

It was the first wave of critical stories, most of which loved the church and wanted a better version of evangelism. They wrote well and spoke truths that needed to be heard.

We are now seeing a second wave of critics, and they are just as good as academics, writers, and critics, some of whom I would call prophetic. Here are some of the names, and forgive me if I don’t mention your book!

Randall Balmer, whose My eyes have seen the glory was a necessary exposition.

James Davison Hunter called it a culture war and showed that evangelicalism wasn’t so different morally than anyone else in America.

Molly Worthen, who said that there is more than the narrow Reformed branch in this evangelical movement.

Robert Wuthnow, who had the ability to connect sociology and American history with American church and evangelical history.

Christian Smith has linked American evangelical history with sociological statistics in one study after another, showing – this cannot be ignored if you want to tell the truth – the social realities of evangelicalism.

Timothy Gloege linked American evangelicalism to the market and consumerism.

David Swartz showed that there was a moral minority whose moral convictions were central to biblical moral visions for society.

Brent Gasaway has also written on progressive evangelicalism.

Aaron Griffith connected Billy Graham, American republicanism, and prison ministries in a way that, well, doesn’t always sound right.

Now add Du Mez and Beth Barr and the penny drops for some of those who think they are the guardians of evangelism. The question is whose evangelism? But there were predecessors, like that of R. Marie Griffith Daughters of God: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submissionthe now 3d edition of Discover Biblical Equality, Catherine A. Brekus and Priscilla Pope Levison. Why such vitriol for Du Mez and Barr? Did they finally hit the nerve the others were aiming for? It was a sensitive nerve called masculine identity expressed in masculinism and complementarism.

Now add Jemar Tisby and a nickel, and what do we mean by keepers? Some have the nerve to dismiss everything under the banner of critical race theory, but this trick has been tried before. Tisby and many others, like Angela Parker and Anthea Butler, have pulled back the curtain to reveal the Great White Oz behind the curtain, and he’s wearing white underwear, white socks, white pants, a white shirt, a white coat, a white hat and he walks on black shoes.

Now add Robert Chao Romero, who writes an eloquent, sad, and tragic history of the Church’s relationship with Mexican Americans in the West. Liberation theologies were at work among them in the 16th century, social justice has always been their concern. But they were helpless and their story is mostly unknown. Behind the curtain it’s the same but now the man is walking in brown shoes.

Now add Asian Americans and I’ve been paying attention lately to Raymond Chang at Wheaton who won’t let the story die that Asian American Evangelicals are too often ignored, and their voice has been removed, and their churches prosper and grow and… the white man walks on it too.

Now add the First Nations and Indigenous peoples of the United States, who have been erased not only from American history, but most importantly from the Church. I think of Richard Twiss, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Mark Charles with Soong Chan Rah and the new version of the New Testament for the First Nations.

I now end with an invitation.

Add the mega-churches and failures of Southern Baptist and non-denominational pastors and we have a lesson. In most of these cases, churches and pastors banded together, told a story, protected the church, locked themselves behind power, and pounced on their critics. Why? For not liking the church, for criticizing their previous evangelism and church, for laying hands on the anointed, and for, well, calling out the rot and saying the emperor has no clothes.

Instead of these evangelical church historians admitting the truth about the sins – big and small – of evangelicalism, they resorted to pirouette. They want to suppress the voices from above. They make false claims about these perpetrators. I know many. Nothing to worry about here as to their faith or their love for the church. Whistleblowers, you know, stiffen up.

The irony is obvious but I will say it: those who call people to confess their sins and trust in God’s gracious forgiveness, the essence of the gospel gospel, are the very ones who are afraid to confess sins of their precious historiography and movement.

Any claim that evangelism is sinless mocks what sin is.

Evangelicalism needs saving.

Come. Just as you are. The Lamb of God is waiting for you to come to him. Please come.


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Patrick Schwarzenegger gets his hair cut by his father Arnold Schwarzenegger https://threewisemenblog.com/patrick-schwarzenegger-gets-his-hair-cut-by-his-father-arnold-schwarzenegger/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 20:14:54 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/patrick-schwarzenegger-gets-his-hair-cut-by-his-father-arnold-schwarzenegger/ To share Tweeter To share To share E-mail The pandemic has taught us to fight back and face so many new challenges. We have learned to work from home, study from home, govern from home, and most importantly, take care of ourselves from home. People […]]]>

The pandemic has taught us to fight back and face so many new challenges. We have learned to work from home, study from home, govern from home, and most importantly, take care of ourselves from home. People have also become chefs, gardeners, fitness enthusiasts and barbers. But now, with things back to normal, it looks like pandemic fever is still on with Patrick Schwarzenegger.

The American actor recently shared a funny video on his official Instagram account. In the video, Patrick could be seen getting his hair cut by his beloved father Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Midnight Sun actor, who hadn’t liked his blondes for a long time, finally got rid of them. He took help from his father and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Patrick, who posted the video on February 18, captioned it “Saved $50 today.” Within a day of posting, the video garnered around 252,000 views and thousands of comments. While some enjoyed the pure bond between father and son, others like Taylor Lautner commented “I can’t pastttt”.

Also in the video, Arnold can be seen using a huge chisel. The Arnold scissor used is very large than the normal scissor used for hair cutting. Arnold Schwarzenegger does his best to honor all the Militia characters he’s played. Patrick’s blonde hair was cut by Arnie, who didn’t have the best hair abilities.

Patrick also uploaded a photo of his girlfriend Abby Champion to his Instagram Stories. Patrick posted a shirtless photo of himself on Instagram Stories while his girlfriend Abby Champion used a leaf blower to clean his hair. He remarked at the top of the photo: “A technique for cutting your hair.” In another story posted by Patrick, he posted a photo of his uneven haircut. He wrote “Thank you dad” sarcastically. Last month, Patrick went shirtless to the beach, and we’ve got all the pics.

Even though Patrick was a bit obscure about his haircut, there were people who absolutely adored Arnold and his skills. Arnold’s blonde tips were a hit with audiences. “Terminator haircut,” wrote a devotee. “What a hoot! exclaims the audience. Another person said, “These scissors are on steroids.”

In December, Patrick unveiled his new blonde haircut. “Moms are gonna hate me,” he captioned the clip, which included video of him smelling his tips. Katherine Schwarzenegger joined in the fun, saying, “Not unless I get my hands on you first.” Patrick looked ready to go natural brown again after two months.

Both Arnold and Patrick are one of the famous American actors. Arnold started his career as a bodybuilder/weightlifter and later moved on to acting. After spending considerable time playing, Arnold began his political career in the early 2000s.

He served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. Patrick, on the other hand, is an actor and model by profession. He started his career in 2014 when he was only 15 years old.





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Student blog: Just my type… https://threewisemenblog.com/student-blog-just-my-type/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 17:10:27 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/student-blog-just-my-type/ Young performers are preparing for summer work and many are starting to get overwhelmed with what professional work entails: cleaning up resumes, getting new headshots, auditioning for festivals, and looking for new job openings that fit us. This prep time sparked a conversation among my peers, in my classes, in my classes. I ask myself: […]]]>

Young performers are preparing for summer work and many are starting to get overwhelmed with what professional work entails: cleaning up resumes, getting new headshots, auditioning for festivals, and looking for new job openings that fit us. This prep time sparked a conversation among my peers, in my classes, in my classes. I ask myself: do I even know which jobs suit me? Is the elusive concept of “suiting” a role even real, or are the actors malleable enough to take on anything with enough effort?

People sneak around the label of “type” as if it’s something distasteful or taboo, and maybe for some it is, or maybe for some, it is security. There’s consistency and stability in being extremely good at creating the type of personality associated with your look. However, a person’s type can also lock them into similar roles, limit them, and determine the course of their career. Many famous actors, both on stage and on set, are associated with a particular acting style or character traits. Yes, they are given many roles because of this association and act beautifully, but not all of these actors may find all of these characters too fulfilling artistically.

In a production of As You Like It,
I portrayed Rosalind. Although she is a
brilliant and strong woman, she is also
touched by love and consumed by his heart.
(PC: Justin Bivens)

Personally, I believe there is a duality in the concept of “type”. I find a type to be a representation of skills, characteristics, and aesthetics that an actor can create very easily. I recognize that stereotyping is easily caused, due to preconceptions about gender presentation, body type, height, behaviors and other overt physical characteristics. Yet I also find knowing one’s type to be a useful tool in challenging the immediate assumptions made to show the diversity and breadth of their craft. This opinion comes from someone who is not very offended by the guy he is associated with. I’m petite, which easily makes me look younger, but my figure can be accentuated with age. I’m a comfortable mezzo-soprano, with access to high notes, which slips right into the pocket of a Golden Age ingenue song. My features can easily show romantic youth, naivety, and purity, so I fit the girl-next-door type and have often been picked on as such. I’m comfortable with the way I present myself, and who doesn’t like to sing a good “Princess” cut here and there. More importantly, my type has no negative implications for who I am. It doesn’t highlight qualities that I don’t like or that don’t represent my personality. So, of course, I have a biased opinion on the usefulness of a type, since I’ve barely seen the consequences of being limited to a type that I don’t necessarily adore.

Student blog: Just my type...
Rhoda’s role in White Christmas
was eventually given to Amanda, due to
she being the only girl to succeed
remove the “stupid blonde” character.
A surprising role for her, since she
considered himself better suited to other
characters.

For other artists, discovering and being cast into their “type” has sparked animosity towards their casting history. Amanda Townes has mentioned that she started resenting her relationship with her guy after her college career started. She used to be cast as the young girl, often naive or stupid, where “the character’s ignorance was the punchline”. Despite how fun these characters can be to explore, she noticed the limitations of her type. She said she only seems to be considered for comedic backup roles, although she is “able to do more than play the silly girl”. The most important reason for his resentment towards his type came from a recent revelation, due to a class discussion on the subject. Amanda found that she didn’t like the way her guy made her feel like “the world constantly seen [her] as unintelligent. “While I can confirm that the trend in Amanda’s roles speaks nothing of her genius, the long-standing association has influenced her understanding of how the world perceives her. Nonetheless, it has driven her to identify her feelings around the subject and build a separation between her characters and her true individuality – a skill that makes her talent all the more valuable.In a current production of Godspell, Amanda has the opportunity to play a role that is not not based on her type, and she’s grateful for the chance to “build [her] character from scratch.” Her type may have given her a list of similar characters, she has both the tools to play those roles with ease and the growing ability to know that her type is not a definition of ‘herself.

Student blog: Just my type...
In high school, Morgan was encouraged to sing,
“I’m not pregnant, I’m just fat” despite the song
not be comfortable for her vocally, and it grows
the aggressive “fat girl” trope. This is an example of
Morgan’s stereotype, a stark contrast to the
roles based on the skills and talent she has earned.

Type casting often bleeds into stereotypes, which can guarantee an actor access to a certain type of role, even if it easily becomes problematic. Morgan Bruewer notes that “being a plus-size artist is challenging because you want to follow the type and go where it’s safe and find work like everyone else,” but the associated stereotypes are “more harmful to you.” [her] community than anything else. “She says she’s automatically considered ‘strong, quirky, comedic, belter’ whether she’s one of those things or not. To kick a box that serves me well? Or is that a lazy excuse for me to be comfortable and for others to perpetuate stereotypes about people who look like me?” Morgan deeply described the pitfall of being a perfectly “appetizing fat”: not so fat that people don’t look like me. you in the eye, but not so small that the creative team gets blamed for calling those diversity points.” His problem with slipping into that box is that complacency can breed, because it can discourage actors to push themselves and see how much more artistically they can do. Morgan’s are nuanced, sophisticated and, above all, completely unrelated to the fabricated qualities the cast “attributed” to her.

Type casting has valuable aspects for both the creative team and the performer. The team can assign very specific qualities to characters to create a particular energy, tone, or attitude in the show, and can rely on type casting to achieve that image. A performer can learn all the skills necessary to perform a type of character and be hired in those roles consistently for as long as possible. At the same time, the stereotypes that types are tied to can negatively shape a person’s impressions and view of themselves. A guy can smother the art to build consistency in a typical role as easily as he can guarantee the job. Yet “type” is a fascinating label with double-edged complexity and a powerful influence on an actor’s perception.


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The Newcastle United Blog | Howe makes just one change to our planned Leeds squad https://threewisemenblog.com/the-newcastle-united-blog-howe-makes-just-one-change-to-our-planned-leeds-squad/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 02:26:15 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/the-newcastle-united-blog-howe-makes-just-one-change-to-our-planned-leeds-squad/ This is the team I predict Eddie Howe will name for Saturday’s clash at Leeds. There is only one change from Watford with Jacob Murphy coming in from the right for Ryan Fraser. Newcastle played well for 50 minutes last weekend against Watford but were limited in creating chances. Once Allan Saint-Maximin’s magic broke the […]]]>

This is the team I predict Eddie Howe will name for Saturday’s clash at Leeds. There is only one change from Watford with Jacob Murphy coming in from the right for Ryan Fraser.

Newcastle played well for 50 minutes last weekend against Watford but were limited in creating chances. Once Allan Saint-Maximin’s magic broke the deadlock early in the second period, the guys retreated into their shells.

The cautious approach gave Watford more than 30 minutes to push the leveler they eventually found in the closing stages. Howe admitted after the match that the group’s shaky mentality when taking the lead played a big part in the result.

Despite this, I believe Howe will make minimal changes tomorrow. There are no new signings coming to the team, unlike the last two weekends. Howe is still without Federico Fernandez, Callum Wilson and Isaac Hayden.

Ryan Fraser has had a long spell in the starting XI. The winger has started the last five games but created very little in the final third. Although he bonded well with new rookie Kieran Trippier against the Hornets.

Jacob Murphy could be an option to come into the team and provide something different on the right. Newcastle need to create more clean chances and this could be an opportunity for Jacob, who played well in the FA Cup loss to Cambridge.

Jamal Lewis is also a potential change. However, tomorrow may be too early for the young left-back despite returning to the bench last weekend. Howe was asked about Lewis during his Friday morning press briefing. He was quick to point out that the 23-year-old hasn’t returned to training for a long time.

Paul Dummett was a sure hand at left-back against Watford. The 30-year-old is expected to start again tomorrow. I just don’t see Howe dropping Jamaal Lascelles or Fabian Schar just yet. Although once a new arrival arrives or Fernandez returns, that might be a different story.

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