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The Book Glutton

Tim Challies:

It is not sinful to throw away a book. When I receive books I usually take them to the church office and sort through them there. The ones that are not worth keeping I throw in the trash. It is amusing to me how often I find people removing these books from the trash as if books have intrinsic worth or value and should not be thrown away. Free yourself to throw away bad books. And when I say to throw them away, I mean it. Do not sell them at a used book store or garage sale. If they are harmful to you, they are harmful to others. Do the world a favor and toss them.

Being Epic Is Killing Us

Stephen Altrogge:

We Christians are epic junkies as well. The books that sell and the blog posts that spread are those that portray the Christian life as an epic journey of thrills, excitement, and crazy adventures, all for the glory of God. And don’t get me wrong, there will be times in our lives when we will do big, difficult things for God, like go on a mission trip, adopt a child, or plant a church. I am ALL for those things. Praise God if you have the opportunity to be a part of something big.

But, to paraphrase the movie The Incredibles, if everything is epic then nothing is epic.

Get Choosing My Religion in today’s $5 Friday at Ligonier.org

The audio and video download of Choosing My Religion, a teaching series by R.C. Sproul, is on sale in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Other teaching series on sale:

  • Jonah (audio download)
  • Great Men and Women of the Bible (audio download)
  • First Peter (audio download)

$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.

The Problem with the Childfree Life

Kathleen Nielsen:

Time magazine has stirred up the social pot again, with its recent cover picturing a couple clearly reveling in “The Childfree Life.” In her cover article Lauren Sandler offers a vivid glimpse into the fast-growing world of women “having it all without having children.” She not only lets us see the statistics; she also lets us hear the voices of the women they document. The statistics themselves are dramatic: for example, about one in five American women now bear no children, compared to one in ten in the 1970s. We’re talking about remarkably quick demographic change.

But the voices are even more dramatic. They express little of the struggle or regret often associated with not having children. In fact, that’s a big part of the point: women are making the decision to be childfree and feeling quite happy about it, thank you very much, in spite of a culture they perceive to be obsessed with babies and judgmental toward those who choose not to have one. Most of the comments celebrate the freedom such women enjoy. Laura Scott, for example, says bluntly, “My main motive not to have kids was that I loved my life the way it was.”

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