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It almost seems cruel to talk about rest in a book on the work of the home, because the work of the home is never finished. You don’t punch a time clock at five o’clock and then go home and do something else. You live in your work. Your children wake up at 3 a.m. with a stomach bug, and you have to do the laundry. Your husband comes home early from a day of work, and he wants to talk. A friend needs a meal after an emergency surgery. The work of the home is never complete.
If you’re looking for some good reads, you’ll find more than a few on this list from Marty Duren.
Casey B. Hough:
While all believers in Christ have been declared righteous in Jesus and are no longer under God’s just condemnation (Rom. 8:1-2), the power and influence of all sinful desires are not always removed at the moment of conversion. Christians will be tempted throughout the course of their life (Matt. 6:13). Such temptations will include the inclination to abandon and exchange God’s good design for sex for the sexual brokenness offered by the world.
My wife and I transplanted this struggling lime maker from a pot to the earth, hoping it’d give birth to some limes. It’s in primo soil. Some of the softest earth I’ve ever dug. Digging the hole for this lime tree was like taking a cookie cutter through butter that’s been on the counter all week. I was proud of this hole for some reason. I told a lot of people about it.
So, there’s our lime tree, getting a droplet or two of pool water from a handful of adorably sad cannon balls these kids are producing.
But I notice something on the tree.
Still, few books in the 20th century have cast such a long shadow as Mere Christianity. I have multiple books on my shelf that give a nod to Lewis when making a case for Christianity in the 21st century: from N. T. Wright’s Simply Christian to Tim Keller’s The Reason for God. Today, Lewis’s book has its own biography–written by George Marsden–as one volume in a series on influential Christian books!
But despite the book’s influence today (more than 70 years after the talks were delivered and 65 years since it first showed up in print), early reviewers felt little fondness for Lewis’s work or his vision of Christianity. Some of the initial feedback was negative.
It is a difficult thing to ask for forgiveness. When we know we have wronged someone, we are much more likely to simply remain silent and ignore the issue, hoping it will simply go away. Or when we do eventually have the conversation, we will many times qualify our apology with “but’s” and “if only’s”.
A favorite from the archives:
Almost any time I hear a pastor speak about church growth—whether in a book, a podcast, or a conference message—I want to cringe. Not because I’m against having a large number of people as part of a congregation, but because congregation size is so often used as a defense: What we’re doing must be working since people are showing up, so God must approve, right?