10ofthose.com just put together a really nice video using audio of D.A. Carson where he “challenges us from the Bible how we must be sharing our lives, opening up the Bible and changing generations as we point them to Jesus.”
Let’s be clear – not all music that is produced by unbelievers makes for good listening. There’s a distinct reason I don’t listen to secular hiphop – no matter how talented some rappers are. Now I appreciate that for some, this comes into the category of Christian liberty (a claim I would quietly question), but I’m just down with hearing a guy talks about his life as a rich man’s harem fueled by drugs and drinks with the option to end your life if you cross him. In the words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”
So how do I make that work and sleep well at night? Here are a couple of thoughts.
The ePub edition of Defending Your Faith by R.C. Sproul is featured in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Also on sale:
- By Grace Alone by Sinclair Ferguson (hardcover)
- Dealing with Difficult Problems teaching series by R.C. Sproul (audio and video download)
- A Taste of Heaven by R.C. Sproul (hardcover)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 Eastern.
Scientists estimate that for every hundred pieces of information that enters our brain, ninety nine end up in our SPAM folder. We remember only one thing out of every hundred. And that’s a good thing. As many autistic people will tell you, if you don’t have a good SPAM filter, you can be overwhelmed with useless data.
The problem is that many of us have SPAM filters that are fantastic at filtering out the positive and letting in only the negative things of life. That’s partly because our education, political, and business culture rewards negativity experts, those who can pick out a single negative in a sea of positives.
Amber Van Schooneveld:
The problem with waiting mode is it steals us of our joy today. Nothing will ever be complete or perfect this side of Hades. We can’t wait to embrace and live fully in the joy God has given us today.
I’m preaching to myself here: I know that others have experienced tragedy and to simply say, “life isn’t perfect, live in today anyway” would be trite and even cruel.