Today is a really big day here at the Armstrong house—part one of the big move! The movers are packing up all our stuff, loading it on a truck and then we leave the townhouse we’ve called home for the last five years. Lord willing, we’ll be settling into our new digs on Thursday afternoon. Something tells me Audible is going to be my friend on this road trip.
In the meanwhile, Crossway is offering five books from Bruce Ware. Given all the hubbub of late, they might be worth reading:
- The Man Christ Jesus—$4.99
- Big Truths for Young Hearts—$4.99
- God’s Lesser Glory—$5.99
- God’s Greater Glory—$5.99
- One God in Three Persons—$5.99
You’ll also want to check out Leland Ryken’s short biography of J.I. Packer while it’s $2.99.
Yes friends, this stuff happens in Canada, too.
The Bible Project’s put together another great video:
After each attack, fresh voices either demonize Islam or seek to dispel any notions that Islam itself might be the problem. But however important the sociology and politics may be for secularists, beneath it lies the all-important question for Christians and Muslims: Is the Islamic notion of Allah compatible with the Christian belief in God?
Just two weeks ago, our family traveled to Texas to visit with my mother-in-law who was suffering from an aggressive kind of cancer. A few days after we arrived, I got word that my sweet grandmother had passed away. Then, a day before her funeral, my mother-in-law also went to be with the Lord. That means our family, and our three children, will be involved in two funerals of women they knew and loved in five days.
That’s a lot for anyone, but it feels like an awful lot for kids. And yet it is moments like these when our kids become our best teachers. Watching and being with our children has not only helped us grieve, but also has taught us a few things that I’ll remember forever about death and dying.
Loyal readers flag me about every other month when they notice cut-and-paste hack jobs swiped from my personal blog. I mostly assume that someone’s grandmother doesn’t know Internet protocol or some kid wanted words to put on a stock photo with a hazy Instagram filter. The most recent case was different, though. After the third email came, I clicked through to spot whole paragraphs, paraphrased sentence for sentence, from a few of my own posts. I clicked further to discover this new blogger’s “about” page co-opted my own bio word for word, sandwiched by paragraphs of her own details.
Her words sounded like mine, my readers had said. Well, because they were mine.
Surely leaders apply a variety of filters, based on what they are looking for, but a common filter for me is exaggeration. Exaggerated resumes get tossed. Many have advised that the goal of a resume is to get an interview, so I get how the candidate wants to present himself/herself well, but I feel exaggeration could point to insecurity, dishonesty, misrepresentation, or desperation. Of course, I could be wrong, and I may have tossed out some great candidates. But this is the narrowing phase, and exaggeration is simply a filter. So what stands out when the resume is exaggerated?
As a white American I was free to detach myself from issues of racial injustice. But as a Christian I no longer was. Why? Not because of white guilt. Not because of political correctness. Not because of social pressure. I was compelled to care because now the victims of injustice weren’t faceless humanity, out there somewhere. They are my brothers and sisters. My friends. My family.
God isn’t colorblind. He sees colors quite clearly.
The Trinity has been “trending” lately in the blogosphere. I think that is a good thing insofar as theological debate often leads to greater theological clarity. Rather than wade into the contested areas, I thought it might be helpful to offer a broader, more constructive post for those of us (like myself) who, particularly in light of the controversy, see our need to keep “beefing up” our understanding of the Trinity. So here are 5 basic principles that I have reflected on in my own study of the Trinity that may be helpful for others. I have in mind especially lay Christians who are less involved in all the technicalities of the current debates, although in the fourth point I engage the current conversation a tiny bit.
Bringing back the backlist: 3 reasons why reading the Bible feels like a chore
Christian, if studying the Bible isn’t really your thing, can we chat for a minute? While Christianity isn’t dependent upon our academic inclinations, nor our interest in reading in general—to suggest those who are illiterate, have a learning disability or simply aren’t big readers are excluded from the kingdom of God is ridiculous—all Christians should strive to be students of the Bible.
We are, after all, a people of the Book. We know God’s will, his character, and his promises through the Bible. And so, especially for those of us who have the means and ability to do so, this is a book that should be one we’re always eager to pick up. To read and study carefully to whatever capacity God has given us. To enjoy as though it were our favorite meal…
So why is it that reading the Bible seems like such a chore? While there are, no doubt, many reasons, here are three that I’ve seen crop up most frequently in my own life.