Pushback: The Insanity of Profanity
As swearing and cursing becomes more common in our culture, we might be tempted to call it normal. However, profanity is defined as “unholy” and ambassadors of heaven we are to be a demonstration of His holiness. By guarding our mouths, we set the culture for those around us. Dr. Jonny defends the pertinence and importance of this topic, because by avoiding vulgar language we set ourselves and our children into a place of influence and exceptionalism.
The recency effect is when items found at the end of a list or that are learned most recently are recalled best. In our own lives, this effect can lead us to only focus on what is before us and we forget the key moments of our journey. Dr. Jonny illustrates overcoming this effect as he recalls historical moments, famous stories and personal testimony. Through intentionality, focus and repetition we can take a remote memory and maintain it as a recent one.
“You, Call 9-1-1!”
Much of our culture is national or group focused. This culture allows unprecedented anonymity and is void of personal accountability. To create real change in a culture we need to stand up individually and locally for what we believe in. Dr. Jonny explains that if we assume someone else will take responsibility or if we allow a “group-think” mentality, nothing will change. Whatever we take responsibility in, we have authority over, and each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
Pushback: May The Force Be With You- Part 4
In the conclusion of this four part series, Dr. Jonny applies the strategies of 19th century reformer and abolitionist, William Wilburforce, to the modern day abortion issue. As the greatest civil rights crisis of our generation, this battle requires our persistence and determination without backing down or compromise. Dr. Jonny gives practical and inspirational strategies toward the, “saving of the soul of the nation.”
Pushback: May The Force Be With You- Part 3
Before William Wilberforce ever petitioned for the abolition of the slave trade, his compatriots had begun working on the hearts and minds of the British people. They knew this was where the battle must begin! They focused on the cultural, societal and ideological mores that allowed slavery to exist in the first place. Dr. Jonny expounds on this strategy for our cultural issues today, especially the issue of abortion. He calls for reformation of morality, charity and compassion or as Wilberforce puts it, “to make goodness fashionable.” We are to inject our talents, influence and passion into the culture, the culture then, will shape politics.
Pushback: May The Force Be With You- Part 2
The fifty year period preceding the start of the Victorian era is referred to as the, “Age of Wilburforce” and he has been called, “the greatest reformer in history.” How did William Wilburforce have the moral courage to bring about such radical change in his lifetime? Dr. Jonny performs an autopsy on the character of this man, that in turn, provides a strategy for all of us looking to defend life and to become a reformer in our lifetime.
Pushback: May The Force Be With You
The cause of the abolitionists in the late 18th century to abolish slavery has an eerie similarity to the pro-life cause of today. There was a force, a “Wilbur-force” that tirelessly persisted until the slave trade ended in England, and we need similar leaders to rise up now! Dr. Jonny passionately describes the cause, the passion and the strategy of pro-lifer William Wilburforce and how this tender culture warrior transformed the heart of a nation.
There is a famous adage that states, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Because this is true, remembering becomes one of our greatest cultural tools. Dr. Jonny explores that whether it is a global pandemic, racial tension or bloody battles it is to our advantage to dissect and learn from past experiences to create a better today. From conflicts centuries old to this week’s headlines, we become better people and citizens when we don’t ignore our past, but when we celebrate our victories and learn from our mistakes.