Klinton Silvey

Politics, Resumes and the Third-Person Effect

Before I get into this post, I want to say sorry to people who used to read this blog. I have disappeared from blogging for a while. I could say that it was due to working on school. But the truth is that, lately, it’s been plain-old laziness and a loss of focus on why I’ve even gone back to school in the first place. I aim to help people think, and I’ve lost sight of that.  Have you ever…

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Responding to Responses

Klinton will be on Periscope (@KlintonSilvey) today, 11/20, at NOON (CST) to address some of the criticisms of “What Christian Millennials ‘Don’t Get.’” Join in! And please be civil. If you don’t know about periscope, check this out: http://www.cnet.com/news/getting-started-with-the-live-streaming-app-periscope/

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Something Christian Millennials “Don’t get”

I should probably be working on one of my three term papers right now, but something is on my mind. Also, this one is just for the Christians. If you’re not a Christian, go ahead and read it, but it’s not really directed at you. As I am writing this, 17 state governors have declared that they will not accept any Syrian refugees. I’ve seen a lot of praise over this, largely coming from Christians. I understand the fear. Really, I…

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The Marriage of Faithfulness and Effectiveness

Have you ever heard this line? “We are not called to be effective, we are called to be faithful.” I disagree. Faithfulness to God and effectiveness for the Kingdom cannot be separated; and that is a truth that we should find terrifying. In the parable of the minas in Luke 19, the faithfulness of the servants is judged on the basis of their effectiveness. “…(verse 20) Another came saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I kept put away in…

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Sex and Trees

In light of recent events, I’ve had a lot of people ask me if I am going to write something that specifically addresses the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage. I think anything I write would just be “white noise” at this point, but I wanted to repost something from a few years ago that might give you a different perspective on Christian sexual ethics in general. (However, if you would like a pretty good *quick reference with responses to a…

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Why College students are Really Leaving the Church

I’ve read several articles on the subject of  “Why the youth leave the church.”  Usually the articles give reasons such as, “They were never really saved,” or “they were never taught the importance of fellowship,” or “they weren’t discipled,” and the lists go on. While I don’t think the points made in the articles are incorrect, I do believe most of the lists are incomplete and do not adequately address one of  the biggest reasons people leave the church after…

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American Easter: A letter to Easter-only churchgoers.

I sent a draft of this to my sister, Jaclyn. She said it made her cry, and she said you have to read it to the end. Easter Sunday afternoon, I wrote a Facebook post that said, “Happy ‘never see them again’ Sunday.” I shouldn’t have written that, especially in that way. I had some family quickly point that fact out. It was written out of a deep-seeded frustration. I’m not saying that makes it right, but today I’m going…

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Ignored Sins Part 3: Greed

Ask your pastor how many people he has counseled about their struggle with greed. I would guess that number would be much closer to “zero” than it would be to a big number like “three.” Have you had a heart-to-heart with a friend about how much you need to break the stronghold of greed in your life? Are you greedy? In my opinion, I doubt many of us would know how to answer that question even if we were being…

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Ignored Sins Part 2: Gluttony

I have often heard that “gluttony” applies to over indulging in anything. There is no escaping that in Biblical terms, gluttony is, in fact, about food. If you were hoping for an escape, I would encourage you to do a word-search for all passages about gluttony. Nearly all of them address eating. While taking any legitimate pleasure to excess can be harmful, talking about non food-related gluttony is usually an excuse to ignore its most literal and plain definition. Regularly…

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