Drawing a Line With Idiots

Discernment / Exercises / The Skill

I know, I know. My mother always told me not to call anyone an idiot, but really, what other word will do? I’ve just…

Discernment Exercise: Beatitudes on the Dark Side

Discernment / Exercises

One of the great classics of 20th century Christian writing is The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. It’s one of those rare books…

Discernment Exercise: Your God Does Intolerable Things

Discernment / Exercises

Often the questions we face in a pluralistic culture require Christians to develop an apologetic for their faith. A reasonable, winsome defense of what…

Discernment Exercise: Questioning American Foreign Policy

Discernment / Exercises

Since 9/11 our country and our churches have once again been interested in just war theory. Since the attack on the World Trade Center…

Discernment Exercise: Why I Kissed Christian Concerts Good-bye

Discernment / Exercises

Editor’s Introduction In the following piece a music lover, after attending Christian concerts regularly for a decade and a half, explains why he no…

Discernment Exercise: Should We Attend This Party?

Discernment / Exercises

Here is a case study for discernment, based on a true story (though I’ve taken liberties with many of the details). Your small group…

Discernment Exercise: Love It or Leave It

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Though America is obviously a country of immigrants—after all, very few of us are Native Americans—over the years each major wave of immigration has…

Discernment Exercise: Can We Make Our Faith Attractive?

Discernment / Exercises

In the opening scenes of the movie Chocolat, Vianne, played by Juliette Binoche, moves into a new town and rents a dingy, dirty storefront.…

Discernment Exercise: A Great Spirit Blessing

Discernment / Exercises

Living in a pluralistic culture, as we do, does not mean that we live among unbelievers; it means we live among people who believe…

Discernment Exercise: On Being Offensive

Discernment / Exercises

All things considered, there’s plenty a Christian can do, say, or believe which some other Christian will find offensive—perhaps even deeply offensive. A few…