Prayers for the Sick

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(The following prayers come from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.) ContentsPrayers for the SickFor a Sick PersonFor Recovery from SicknessFor a Sick ChildBefore an OperationFor Strength and ConfidenceFor the Sanctification of IllnessFor Health of Body and SoulFor Doctors and NursesThanksgiving for a Beginning of RecoveryPrayers for use by a Sick PersonFor Trust in GodIn…… Continue reading Prayers for the Sick

Logos 10 Bible Software: The Ultimate Theological Learning Tool

TL;DR: If you’re serious about biblical and theological studies, you should invest in Logos 10 Bible Software. Do so via my exclusive partner offer for Logos 10 here! If I could go back in time and chat with Joshua Steele when he was a Bible & Spanish major in college, there are a few things…… Continue reading Logos 10 Bible Software: The Ultimate Theological Learning Tool

Help! I’m looking for the best Christian resources on the Bible, social justice, racism, Critical Race Theory, and Marxism

Help me out. I’m looking for the best, clearest, and most charitable explanations of the following three things: the biblical and theological reasons for caring about social justice and systemic racism, the unfair ways in which some have used accusations of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Cultural Marxism to sideline legitimate Christian concerns about social…… Continue reading Help! I’m looking for the best Christian resources on the Bible, social justice, racism, Critical Race Theory, and Marxism

A Collect for Juneteenth

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Almighty God, you rescued your people from slavery in Egypt, and throughout the ages you have never failed to hear the cries of the captives; We remember before you our sisters and brothers in Galveston, Texas who on this day received the glad tidings of their emancipation; Forgive us for the many grave sins that delayed that liberating word

Top 3 Books, Movies, and Podcasts about Race for White Christians like Me

There are PLENTY of resource recommendations out there for those interested in learning more about racism and anti-racism (just Google “best X (books, movies, podcasts, etc.) on racism,” “antiracist reading list,” etc.). However, I’m worried that, especially for people who are not used to working their way through lengthy reading lists, getting so many recommendations…… Continue reading Top 3 Books, Movies, and Podcasts about Race for White Christians like Me

“But, What About the Riots and Lawlessness?”

I commend the entire interview series that Ed Stetzer recently did with Esau McCaulley. Among many highlights, I appreciate McCaulley’s following answer to the question of negotiating the differences between protests and riots. Again, read the whole interview and series, but here’s a key section related to concern about rioting and lawlessness: [Ed Stetzer] We…… Continue reading “But, What About the Riots and Lawlessness?”

Why is the word “systemic” a flashpoint for certain Christians?

Certainly, the Bible has much to say about individual sin and redemption. But (1) focusing on “systemic” issues doesn’t need to negate a focus on “individual” issues. In fact, a focus on “systemic racism” actually exerts a lot of pressure to evaluate people individually, and not on the basis of their race—as long as we…… Continue reading Why is the word “systemic” a flashpoint for certain Christians?

Damer’s “Code of Intellectual Conduct”

This code of conduct very much relates to Rapoport’s Rules, Adler’s advice, and Alan Jacobs’s “The Thinking Person’s Checklist.” SOURCE: T. Edward Damer, Attacking Faulty Reasoning: A Practical Guide to Fallacy-Free Arguments, 6th ed (Australia ; Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2009), 7–8. https://www.amazon.com/Attacking-Faulty-Reasoning-Edward-Damer/dp/1133049982/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=joshuapsteele-20&linkId=461f190833098f133008f0ba7ab8aac3&language=en_US 1. The Fallibility Principle Each participant in a discussion of a disputed issue…… Continue reading Damer’s “Code of Intellectual Conduct”

Alan Jacobs’s “The Thinking Person’s Checklist”

The following checklist, found on pages 155–56 of Alan Jacobs’s excellent book, How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds (affiliate link), is a worthy addition to “Rapoport’s Rules” and “Adler’s Advice” (mentioned in my previous post, “Help me come up with ‘rules for conversation’!”). https://www.amazon.com/How-Think-Survival-Guide-World/dp/0451499603/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=how+to+think+jacobs&qid=1574088187&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=joshuapsteele-20&linkId=d0225cdc22f324a60181b05a30be86d5&language=en_US Emphasis added in bold. When faced…… Continue reading Alan Jacobs’s “The Thinking Person’s Checklist”