Managing our Emojis

Do you use emojis when you type? I am betting this answer depends on your age. If you are over 40, probably not so much. If you are 25 and under, my guess would be you use them all the time. If you are in junior high, you have probably had full conversations using nothing else but emojis. I’m probably too old to really get into the emoji lingo, but I will admit to using a smiley face once every now and then to make sure my email reader knows that my previous comment was lighthearted. Emojis have become such a sensation there is even a World Emoji Day celebrating this mode of global visual communication which, according to Wikipedia, began in Japan in 1999. The Oxford Dictionaries selected the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015; the first time a pictograph was chosen Word of the Year. In 2016, Bible Gateway even made it possible to use 330 emojis to search the Bible. For example, when the emoji for


What’s the Big Deal?

I’ve been blogging a lot about the Biblical stance of sex being intended only for marriage. Many Christians believe this is what the Bible teaches, but don’t see it really as a big deal. Sex outside of marriage is often treated kind of like swearing. “You shouldn’t do it, but it’s really no big deal. It may not be best, but it’s not worth worrying about.” Those that do worry a lot about it are sort of ignored. Some, for sure, are gripped by a prudish fear, worried that any kind of dabbling in the “forbidden fruits” is akin to selling your soul to Satan. Others are bound to a pharisaic legalism, fearing that any slight infraction against God’s laws constitute a forfeiting of one’s salvation. Others take a more simplistic approach: “God said it, that settles it!” Not that there isn’t truth in these perspectives. To some degree, dabbling in sexual promiscuity is satanic, in that it does not champion God’s values or desires, and subjects people to sinful bondages. There is some truth to simply



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