Spurgeon was nine years old when Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol – a story that highlighted the struggles of the working class and put a premium on generosity and selflessness. Spurgeon loved this bestselling story and even purchased a copy to include in his personal library.
Both Spurgeon and Dickens understood the difficulties of their day and worked hard to help the marginalized. They both also shared an intimate knowledge of London’s poverty-stricken Southwark. In fact, Dickens’s father was imprisoned only a few blocks from where Spurgeon’s New Park Street Chapel stood.
Tim Challies poses a dilemma of holiness.
I believe part of that longing and emptiness is because we know that the wonder of the holidays is only a small glimpse, a foretaste of our forever homes and our forever celebration. I think we can be left feeling empty because we have eternity planted on our hearts (Eccl. 3:11). We know that there’s something better. Something lasting. This acknowledgement of the greater gift shouldn’t, however, keep us from celebrating during the holidays. On the contrary, our understanding that this is not our home motivates us to celebrate.
This is a great Q&A between Nicholas Kristof and Tim Keller:
Can I ask: Do you ever have doubts? Do most people of faith struggle at times over these kinds of questions?
Yes and yes. In the Bible, the Book of Jude (Chapter 1, verse 22) tells Christians to “be merciful to those who doubt.” We should not encourage people to simply stifle all doubts. Doubts force us to think things out and re-examine our reasons, and that can, in the end, lead to stronger faith.
Fake news is everywhere. For the last several weeks it seems like every newscast and media stream has been filled with talk of fake news. But this phenomenon is nothing new. Recently, Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, pointed out that fake news is essentially the modern equivalent of the chain emails that used to clog your inbox. So why are we talking about it now?
Jesus’s promise that the Holy Spirit will teach us what we ought to say is not meant to free us from anxiety in only one kind of trial and then leave us to ourselves in another. The promise is that the Holy Spirit will help us in the most frightening settings, and so how much more may we depend on him in less threatening situations.
A favorite from the archives:
Everyone’s talking about it. Okay, not everyone, but some: Christian über-blogger Tim Challies is definitely (maybe) ditching print books in favor of ebooks. Former Christian publishing CEO turned über-platform builder Michael Hyatt is ditching ebooks in favor of print. Christian über-nice guy Trevin Wax is saying hold up a second, let’s not get crazy here.
The paper vs pixels debate rages on, y’all. And it’s about to get interesting. (Maybe.)