The lenses we wear effect our perception of everything that we see. As Christians, our tendency is to say of ourselves, “My lens is strictly the Bible.” while failing to recognize the cultural, philosophical & political lenses we had on before we opened the Bible.
No believer (or community of believers) is exempt from this. Does this mean we can’t know or discern truth? Not at all. It means that we need the humility to ask ourselves how our culture or politics may be shaping how we understand and apply truth.
This is why diversity in our churches & networks is so important. The body imagery of 1 Cor. 12 captures this idea brilliantly. The context is spiritual gifts but the principle applies broadly. Eyes & hands, head & feet are mutually dependent.
My brother or sister in Christ from a different cultural context can help me identify lenses I may not have been aware of. This is a gift from God. If I resist this gift, I’m like the fish who perpetually says, “Wet? Nonsense. Nothing wet here.” Bottom line: we need each other.

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Well, today is the day my book “The New Reformation”comes out.

8 quick thoughts:
1. There are so many landmines when it comes to the "race" discussion. My aim in writing TNR was to produce a resource for the church that was more biblical than political, more unifying than divisive, more hopeful than cynical.
2. Some have asked if TNR lines up ideologically with brother Voddie’s new book. While I love & appreciate brother Voddie, with all due respect, that’s the wrong question. Voddie Baucham is not God. The question is whether or not TNR lines up with the Bible (I believe it does).
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A thread on labels, categorizing and discourse amongst Christians in our current cultural moment:
These days, the labels are flying around like crazy, often used perjoratively and almost always unhelpful. “SJW”, “Woke”, “Marxist”, etc. or from another standpoint, “Karen”, “White Evangelical”, “Trumpers”, etc.
I understand the desire to label and categorize people and their positions. It helps us to file them away in our mental folder. Once I stick a label you, I can easily say “He or she is an ally” or I can say “cancelled” and be done with them. I get it.
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**Thread Incoming** Listened to #JesusIsKing by @kanyewest a few times. 10 quick thoughts: 1. I LOVE that the album is called “Jesus is King”. No better title for an album. God decided to flex His Son’s glory at the top of the charts and trending- for all to see.
2. Like many, I’ve watched Kanye closely and been praying for him. Based on what I’ve seen, it appears that Kanye is a new believer. Praise God! #JesusisKing has the aroma of someone who’s had an encounter with the Lord and wants everyone to know it.
3. Much could be said about the artistry on #JesusIsKing. The soulfulness, how he pulls from traditional gospel in fresh ways, the catchy melodies, the passion, etc.- All that is dope. But what I love is that His aim is so clear. To give praise to the God who saved His soul.
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