Review: The Coddling of the American Mind

xthe-coddling-of-the-american-mind.jpg.pagespeed.ic.mYdHv7g-kSWhat is the culture like on our University Campuses? This is in an interesting question for me as a pastor in a student congregation (and also father of a teenager). A recent book that examines university culture is The Coddling of the American Mind: How good intentions and bad ideas are setting up a generation for failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.

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The 25 Steps to Adultery

affairNo-one starts their marriage with the intention of having an affair; our wedding vows, after all, include the promise to “forsake all others and be faithful”. Yet some sort of infidelity occurs in approximately 20% of marriages.¹ Christians are not immune and most of us know, at least to some extent, the terrible impact adultery can have on families, church and ministries. One insight that can help prevent sexual unfaithfulness in marriage is that it rarely happens spontaneously; rather, it is often the result of many small steps. If we can recognise that we’re on the path to adultery, we can apply wisdom and get off before things go any further.

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Forgiveness

two women walkingThere’s nothing better than being forgiven – that sense of relief when someone overlooks your hurtful words, or covers the cost of a breakage themselves, or gives you a hug after you’ve been unkind. Forgiveness is like the sun coming out through the clouds after a dark storm. Forgiveness, though, is not just something to be enjoyed. For the Christian, forgiveness is something to be understood, appreciated and expressed. It is a significant biblical doctrine and an essential virtue with real warnings for us if it is absent from our lives. The chances are that this is an area you (and I) can grow in, so read on for more. Continue reading “Forgiveness”