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Just Thinking Magazine is a teaching resource of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and exists to engender thoughtful engagement with apologetics, Scripture, and the whole of life.

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  • Just Thinking 26.3 | Table of Contents

    - Danielle DuRant   |   - May 25, 2018

  • Wings To Fly: From the Editor | JT 26.3

    They swooped in, a rush of wings, whirls, and whistles. Within a minute, they were gone. There must have been two dozen. I’ve not seen a single Cedar Waxwing since, but the sight some years ago of black-masked birds with beaks of berries has stayed with me. If I knew where to find these magnificent red-tipped creatures again, I would rush to catch a glimpse of them.

    - Danielle DuRant   |   - May 25, 2018

  • Every Tribe and Tongue | JT 26.3

    Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, killed for his efforts to create a society in which all people accepted each other as equals. It was another one of those shots heard around the world. The path of a fighter for peace and justice is never smooth.

    - Ravi Zacharias   |   - May 25, 2018

  • In This House | JT 26.3

    As a young girl, I had the unique opportunity to travel to South Africa. We stayed for a month in December when I was just five years old. My father’s parents and sister had immigrated to South Africa from Britain, and it was a rare opportunity to travel to see them. I can still remember the excitement of climbing into the Pan Am jet that would take me to what was surely a land full of adventure. The year was 1971.

    - Margaret Manning   |   - May 25, 2018

  • “Us” Versus “Them” | JT 26.3

    There’s an Arabic saying that often makes me smile: “Kulna fil hawa sawa.” It literally means “We’re all in the same air,” roughly conveying the same idea as the English saying, “We’re all in the same boat.” But Arabic sayings tend to have zestier connotations than their Western counterparts. “Kulna fil hawa sawa” really conveys the message, “We’re all in the same stink,” particularly the stink of the human condition. It’s a pungent reminder that all of us—yes, all of us including Christians—have contributed to the Culture of Confusion’s stench.

    - Abdu Murray   |   - May 25, 2018

  • A Cry For Help | JT 26.3

    Riccardi’s story raises many unsettling questions. How can a human being vanish for over a year and not be missed by anyone? Where was his family? What about his relatives? Why was the power still on in his house? Whatever the answers are to these and other questions, one thing is clear: Riccardi was a lonely individual whose life can be summed up in one word, alienation.

    - J.M. Njoroge   |   - May 25, 2018

  • The Forgettable Power of Empathy | JT 26.3

    Perched above the altar in St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice hang the Ciborium Columns.1 Its artist is unknown. Constructed in the early 1300s from alabaster, the columns hold numerous carvings depicting various stories, among them, the life of Jesus. There are so many stories—108 in fact—that one can easily lose track of all that is displayed.

    - Lowe Finney   |   - May 25, 2018

  • Think Again: No Longer Bound | JT 26.3

    desires to have you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:7). Tragically, Cain ignored God’s words, and taking matters into his own hands, he killed his brother Abel. As extreme as these life experiences may sound, who of us has not struggled with anger, forgiveness, and pride? Yet we are called as followers of Christ to love our neighbors as ourselves and to “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). Why? Because Scripture tells us that every life is valuable to God: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb,” uttered the psalmist David. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139: 13-14). At its core life is sacred and of inestimable value, whether it is the life of a darling child in the fresh blossom of childhood, or the life of an elderly, weak, and frail recluse. We are each made in God’s sacred image. Think of this truth! That is why murder is described in Scripture for what it is: an attack upon God’s image. That is also why we are told, “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3:15). Murder and even hateful words are attempts to destroy God’s image in another and to deny one’s value and spiritual essence. It is that essence which gives us our dignity and our worth. It is that essence which is our glory and true home. I find it quite remarkable that Jesus did not specifically address some of the pressing social issues of his day. Rather, he went to the heart of what separates us from God and what transforms: we are sinners in need of God’s cleansing forgiveness and restoration.

    - Ravi Zacharias   |   - May 25, 2018

  • Just Thinking 26.2 | Table of Contents

    - Danielle DuRant   |   - February 23, 2018

  • A Full Color Map: From the Editor | JT 26.2

    - Danielle DuRant   |   - February 23, 2018

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