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The Half-Life Of Facts

Truth Cultural Trends Gospel

Source: “The half-life of facts,” By David Mcraney, BOING BOING, 08/21/17

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-27

Scripture: Isaiah 40:8 ; Matthew 5:18

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David Mcraney writes: 

In medical school, they tell you half of what you are about to learn won’t be true when you graduate — they just don’t know which half.

In every field of knowledge, half of what is true today will one day be updated with better information, and it turns out that we actually know when that day will come for many academic pursuits.

This is what author Sam Arbesman calls “the half-life of facts.”  The premise is that for every domain, silo, discipline, and school of knowledge, the facts contained within are slowly being overturned, augmented, replaced, and refined — and in medicine, for example, the rate of that overturning is high enough that if you never really complete your education. Medical school, in other words, never ends.

... For instance, in physics, about half of all research findings will be disconfirmed within 13 years. In psychology, it’s every seven. In other words, if you graduated with a degree in psychology seven years ago, half of the information in all your textbook is now inaccurate.

APPLICATION

By contrast, the Bible claims to be the very “Word of God.” The fact that millions of people the world over have found that claim to be credible for 3500 years proves that the truths that matter the most are not nullified by the passing of time or rendered passé by better information.  There is no half-life to the truth that God loves us or that Jesus came into this world to die for the sins of mankind.  These truths are grounded in God’s unfailing nature and will never be overturned or replaced. 

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever” (Isaiah 40:8).

“For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18). 

Where Have All The Bibles Gone?

Cultural Trends Faith Hardness of Heart

Source: “Less than half of US hotel rooms now have Bibles,” Published December 05, 2016 FoxNews.com

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-22

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Fox News reports:

According to a new study by hospitality analytics group STR, the percentage of hotels that offer religious materials in rooms has dropped by almost half in the last decade-- from 95 percent in 2006 to just 48 percent this year.

... “The decline of religious materials in hotels, as cited in the survey, is reflective of increasing secularism and independence in the world,” said Jeff Pack, the Director of Communications for Gideon International, the nonprofit group that distributes Bibles in hotels across the country to the Time.

... Travelodge hotels in Britain removed Bibles from their rooms in 2014 “in order not to discriminate against any religion,” the company said. And Wyndham Hotel Group, Travelodge’s parent group, said that there’s no requirement to stock Bibles in any of its 15 global hotel brands.

APPLICATION

Jesus once asked, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"(Luke 18:8).  If what’s happening in the hotel nightstands the world over is any indication, it’s doubtful. 

Say It With Beef

Men's Concerns Cultural Trends Valentine's Day

Source: “Nothing says 'I love you' like flowers made of dried-out beef,” by ROBIN SHREEVES, Mother Nature Network, February 1, 2017.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-17

Scripture: John 15:12

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Robin Shreeves with Mother Nature Network writes:

The lovely roses in the picture above are made with beef jerky, the brainchild of a company called Say It With Beef.

But what is it you're hoping to say, and to whom? I think that depends on the situation. This "broquet" as its creators are calling it, can say many things. It can say to your Valentine, "Flowers die quickly but beef jerky lasts for a really, really long time." It can say, "You're a dude and I had no idea what to buy you. Have some beef." Or perhaps they're just a way to congratulate a guy on a new job, bachelor pad or car.

These dozen beef roses could be perfect this Valentine's Day and on other occasions in which you need to remind the recipient that he's so manly that he deserves dried-out beef flowers in a beer mug. 

APPLICATION

We rightfully place an emphasis on the celebration of femininity in our society. In fact, we have an entire industry dedicated to that purpose.  Flowers are a wonderful way to express appreciation for that special woman in your life.  But what about the men? What about the masculine characteristics of strength, provision, protection and initiative that are often associate with men?  

What is the appropriate way to celebrate masculinity? Is the answer really beef jerky flowers in a beer mug? Or, perhaps the better question might be, is masculinity even considered a positive trait in today's politically correct climate?  Isn't it true that masculinity in general, and the masculine role in particular, have been disparaged in western society? Even acknowledging these as masculine traits can cause offense to some, as though such a thing somehow makes women less equal. 

But here's the thing: God does not intend for our lives to be a competition. Rather, we are here to learn to love and appreciate one another.  And that means both acknowledging and celebrating our differences. 

Find a way to celebrate your man for the role of he plays in your life.  It can be anything, even beef jerky flowers, if the message is that you are celebrating him for being him.

"This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you" (John 15:12, NLT). 

iPhone Solves All Of Your Problems

Servanthood Spiritual Gifts Cultural Trends

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-07

Scripture: Matthew 20:28

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Christianity Is Inconvenient

Discipleship Laziness Cultural Trends

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-13

Scripture: Matthew 16:24 ; Galatians 6:1

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Crime Does Pay

Motivation God's Love Cultural Trends

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-23

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:14

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Human Life, Made To Order

Human Worth Mortality Cultural Trends

Contributed By: John Rollyson | Date Posted: 2016-03-24

Scripture: Genesis 1:27 ; Luke 12:7

Author: John Stonestreet
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Preferring Typhus to Tying the Knot

Marriage Cultural Trends Narcissism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-28

Scripture: Proverbs 18:22 ; Hebrews 13:4

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Join The Wretched Club

Morality Witness Cultural Trends

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-09

Scripture: I Timothy 1:15

Author: Todd Friel
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Riding the Waves of Cultural Change

Cultural Trends Adaptability Church Health/Growth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-07

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:22

Author: Editors, PreachingToday.com
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