Karen Swallow Prior:
But the problem is that what happens in the locker room doesn’t stay in the locker room. Scripture tells us that as a man thinks within himself, so he is. Therefore, we must take even “talk” seriously.
There is, therefore, no such thing as “just locker room talk.”
Russell Moore discusses a tricky topic on the latest episode of Signposts.
I have been writing a series of articles about a different kind of art and today I want to add a new entry to it. (Here’s part one and part two.) The series is based on 1 Timothy 4:12 and geared especially to younger Christians. To this point we’ve taken a look at the first part of our text: “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example…” We saw Paul the mentor telling young Timothy not to give in to the low expectations of the people around him. Timothy needed to understand that even as a younger person he was meant to make his life a work of art that others could see, admire, and imitate.
There’s a sticky, wet residue on my windshield every morning. I need a jacket. It’s dark at 6:00 (and soon it’ll be dark at 4:30). The air conditioning doesn’t come on at night. Football is on the television and in the front yard.
Fall has arrived at Nashville, and it’s awesome.
Patrick Schreiner reviews Kevin Vanhoozer’s newest book:
By retrieving the solas, he argues, we can retrieve the final principle of the Reformation—catholicity. “What first appears to be the poison of Protestantism (a cause of solitariness) proves upon further inspection, and retrieval, to be the cure (a cause of salutariness)” (26). The solas allow us to create a virtual sixth sola—sola ecclesia—where it’s understood that the church alone is the place where Christ rules his kingdom and gives gifts for building his living temple.
No matter what you are told we really don’t have many options for a “fair and balanced” news source. They are always going to be skewed by our perception.
But this is the reality of living in the fallen world. In fact, even if we had the best journalist in the world they likely do not have the eyes to see what is really going on. What the headline reads on earth is likely quite different than what the headline would read in heaven.
The renowned pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones battled cancer and poor health in his final months. His biographer, Iain Murray, asked him how he was coping with his shrinking influence, the inability to be used by God to minister to the thousands that he had previously been serving. Martyn Lloyd-Jones responded: “‘Don’t rejoice that spirits submit to you. Rejoice that your name is written in heaven.’ I am perfectly content.”
A favorite from the archives:
The role of a pastor isn’t just to sit with his books all week long, crafting his message. It’s counselling, visitations, dealing with conflict, addressing organizational issues, budgets… and yes, sermon prep, too. So maybe instead of sending an email about what you don’t like, how about just saying, “thank you for all you do”? It might go a long way.