Today, I’m working hard on wrapping up everything I need to on the script for “Luther.” It’s coming along really well, but it’s definitely among the harder things I’ve written. If you’re inclined, I’d appreciate your prayers for productivity.
Now, on to business. Just a few Kindle deals to bring to your attention today:
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This is a fascinating article:
Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history. Shortly after the attacks began, the most powerful man in the world, who had been informed of the World Trade Center explosions in a Florida classroom, was escorted to a runway and sent to the safest place his handlers could think of: The open sky.
We might be tempted to respond to this type of question—and this kind of person—with shock and dismissal, reducing someone like Evan’s psychological experiences of gender dysphoria to bizarre novelty or even derangement. But that’s most certainly not the Christian response to a person experiencing gender dysphoria. Instead, we must approach these individuals with both grace and truth (John 1:14).
Christians have long been major advocates for issues regarding the sanctity of human life. Most regular churchgoers can explain (at least rudimentarily) their position on beginning of life issues; i.e. why they believe abortion is wrong. However, when it comes to “end of life” questions, those same people have trouble expressing a biblical worldview on the topic. In fact, many have embraced an emotional view which is contrary to a biblical worldview.
Beginning in the summer of 2016, the text of the ESV Bible will remain unchanged in all future editions printed and published by Crossway—in much the same way that the King James Version (KJV) has remained unchanged ever since the final KJV text was established almost 250 years ago (in 1769).
I understand the feeling of wanting to give it all for my children because I’ve seen the temporary look of elation on their faces when they’re holding out for sprinkle-covered donuts. For a moment, it seems the power of the domestic universe resides in a box of fried, sugary dough. The key to bribery, kind words, joyful children, and mommy-worship is in my hands. I understand what it feels like to pass out the second or third round of treats, feeling proud satisfaction because I made my children happy (and quiet), all with an inexpensive sugary delight. But soon after, the bribe betrays me as those quiet, frosting covered mouths inevitably turn sour. My efforts are in vain. I have given a good gift, but I have not given enough to fill their endless chasm of want.
I look forward to every Monday morning listening to my new Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. On occasion I’ll discover new bands or new songs that I really love. And Spotify has picked up on my love for Jesus but I don’t think they’ve quite gotten my doctrinal stances. They play lots of songs from churches that I don’t have much affinity with. And so many of these songs are directed to the Holy Spirit. And that’s where I start to duck, as I share my unpopular opinion that I’m not a big fan of songs directed to the Holy Spirit.
Went on a bit of a Twitter run yesterday with some thoughts on the essential defining characteristics of the church model I call attractional, followed by some constructive alternative hallmarks of gospel-centered churches. Hopefully they will bring more clarity to thinking through the relevant issues in evangelical ecclesiology. These are important times to get this sorted.
A favorite from the archives:
As part of this recommitment to taking better care of myself spiritually, I’ve reincorporated journaling into my private reading. This allows me to engage with the text in a different way, to capture items of prayer and (more than a few) ideas for things to write about here. I used to do this all the time as a new Christian, usually using journals and notebooks. But over time, I got out of the habit. So, I thought I’d start doing it again—this time with a fancy schmancy new journaling Bible.