Students today are much different because of the latest cultural disruption — the smartphone. This age is one of instant and unrelenting technology that beams terrorism, radical political division, financial and environmental destabilization at us 24/7 in the palm of our hand. We can't escape seeing and knowing. Young minds can't escape bullying or the threat of becoming ostracized as texting and social media overpower their ability to be individuals.
Neuroscientists have been studying the effects of our noisy distracted culture and found that boredom leads to creativity.
Research has proven that when quite time is done four or more times a week it changes everything.
The Museum of the Bible has no agenda but to present the most significant book of all time to the public. They believe the Bible's history, story, and impact stands alone and has the power to influence a reader.
The phone rang. It was the TV commercial producer, and he wanted to know if I'd shoot the spot topless. I'd just been cast a couple hours before, but he'd "forgotten" to ask me before I left if I would film the commercial with only a bow tie and bikini bottoms.
So when Stephen Paddock, the recent mass murderer in Vegas, reached for guns I knew just who he must have been. I had grown up with these lonely desperate people.
Dr. Joe Hellerman has just released his new book Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why it Matters Today. His doctoral research dealt with the social history of the early Christians, and he has authored five books. In addition to a full time schedule teaching at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology, he's a team pastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship in El Segundo, Calif.