Truth, Tattoos, and Transgender Issues

I spent a couple months publishing a single article every weekday, but it seemed that people preferred it when I did one post a week linking multiple articles. So, we’re back.

Speaking Truth in the Midst of Our Messes

By Scott Mehl in Relevant

My entire life I have been surrounded by messy people with messy lives. The only reason it doesn’t bother me is because I’m messy, too.

But it should be familiar to be around messy people. That’s what the church is. …

Whatever the cause of the mess, God has a plan to help each one of us grow. And at the center of his plan he has placed you and me. I am called to speak the truth to you in the midst of your mess. You are called to speak the truth to me in the midst of my mess. This is not just the calling of pastors, missionaries, counselors, or Bible study leaders; if you are a Christian, this is your calling, too. God wants to use you, even in the midst of your mess, to speak loving truth into the lives of other messy people.

Read the rest of this article, The Danger of Love Without Truth and Truth Without Love, here.

Faith and Tattoos

By RHIANNON SAEGERT in the Waco Tribune Herald

A study on Baylor students’ religious tattoos revealed some emotional truths and lingering stigmas. …

He said more than a quarter of the U.S. population now has a tattoo, and 71% of people who get one tattoo get more. Nearly half of millennials, defined as those born between 1981 and 1998, have them. Generation Z, the latest generation of adults, is just as likely to acquire them.

“It’s just become a part, increasingly, of mainstream life in the United States,” Dougherty said.

The study looked at the tattoos themselves, their placement on the body and their size. Dougherty said men were most likely to get larger religious tattoos on their forearms and back and were more likely to have visible tattoos. Women opted for smaller tattoos in places that are easy to conceal, like their wrists or feet. …

“The religious tattoos seem to play a different role for people,” Dougherty said. “Instead of a proclamation of identity, it appears to be a reminder of identity.”

Finish this article, More than skin deep: Baylor prof analyzes religious tattoos, here.

Now, About That Transgender Thing

By James Emery White

In a stunning op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, Colin Wright, an evolutionary biologist at Penn State, and Emma Hilton, a developmental biologist at the University of Manchester, give a full-throated denunciation of transgender ideology titled “The Dangerous Denial of Sex.” Their position can be summed up in a sentence: “Increasingly we see a dangerous and antiscientific trend toward the outright denial of biological sex.”

They go further and call the denial of the reality of biological sex and supplanting it with subjective “gender identity” as nothing more than an “eccentric academic theory.” They also make a powerful case that current transgender ideology will hurt women who have fought hard for sex-based legal protections.

I’m thinking that may be enough to get your curiosity up, so you can read the full article here.

And finally, want to hear Justin Bieber preach the Good News on Apple Music? Here you go!

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