Social media can be used for good or equal for ill. Sadly, we can allow it to affect us for the ill. As Jason Thacker notes, “Whether it is confidently asserting our sports knowledge and theological positions or the more insidious nature of spreading misinformation, conspiracy theories, and fake news, we each have an immense power granted to us with the power of social media that can build others up or quickly tear them down. Social media naturally breeds an expert culture, where we seek to prove our knowledge, allegiances, and abilities often before we consider the full impact of these decisions and how they will impact others created in God’s image”
Tim Challis lost his son recent very suddenly and unexpectedly. In this post, he shares a glimpse into that experience and the comfort he gained from an old hymn.
Andrew Wyns opens this post writing, “The sport of rugby finds its roots in soccer. According to legend, in 1823 an English school boy caught a soccer ball during a game and proceeded to run down the field with it toward the opposition’s goal before he was tackled. Today the game is played in nearly 100 countries and holds a world cup every four years with the top 20 ranked teams in the world. Rugby is a full contact sport played with minimal protective gear that requires a very high level of cardio fitness. It is truly the “man’s sport.” I began playing rugby a few months before my first child was born. I had two black eyes at his Christening, but I was the proudest man on the planet. I have always taken pride in being a man’s man, but as my son grew up I had to learn how to be the man’s father. There is nothing that causes a man to grow up faster than having a baby. As I grew in skill on the rugby pitch, I learned five important lessons that have assisted me in growing as a father.”