No major updates to share with you on the home front.Biggest news of the last couple days: we found a dining table and chairs at a nearby thrift store for a pretty incredible price. This made my wallet very happy. Otherwise, we’re continuing to put the apartment together, and it’s starting to look like people actually live here. I’ll share more as we continue to get settled.
On the Kindle front, today is the last day to get these books on sexual identity and healing from Crossway:
- Sex and the Supremacy of Christ edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor
- What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung (reviewed here)
- Rid of My Disgrace by Justin & Lindsey Holcomb (also reviewed here)
- Designed for Joy edited by Jonathan Parnell & Owen Strachan
Also worth checking out are:
- The Gospel by Ray Ortlund—$2.99
- Core Christianity by Michael Horton—$2.99
- Church History 101 by Sinclair Ferguson—$3.99
- Andrew Murray by Vance Christie—$1.99
- Foundations by Peter Mead—$1.99
- Patrick of Ireland: The Boy Who Forgave by Karen Murdarasi—$1.99
Just before I left my Canada, I was a guest on my friends Jerry and Joe’s podcast. Listen in as we talk about writing, reading, quitting jobs, and laugh at we think are funny.
Paul Sohn shares a neat infographic.
Jared Wilson, gettin’ all controversial:
The Uncle Rico set loves the attractional church. I remember when our attractional churches would advertise with the slogan “Not your grandfather’s church.” Or “Church but different.” Well, now the attractional church is our grandfather’s church. Now it’s church replicated, McChurch franchised. And while the younger generation is looking for meat, the religious resource center down on the corner is still serving rounds of Zima. And it may not be shrinking any time soon, because there’s few things Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers love more than nostalgia.
Sunday comes every week, and if you’re in charge of preaching, you have to prepare a timely, accurate, and applicable explanation of the Scriptures every single week.
Do you really have time to do “leadership development?” Shouldn’t that be someone else’s responsibility?
As a married woman, I may seem like an unlikely candidate to answer, but I have one perspective to offer. I have had the humbling privilege of being loved, taught, discipled, and mothered by single women. I want to tell the stories. What I often hear regarding married people and single people is that families should make singles part of their lives — fold them in. I agree! But I also want to encourage families and couples to come under the mentorship and wisdom of singles. Don’t think that in order for them to be qualified as counselors and mentors, the single person has to have experienced the same things we have. Married people can invite godly singles to speak into their lives on any subject, even on marriage and parenting.
It’s no stretch to argue that the evangelical church has largely neglected theological inquiry into the nature of beauty and aesthetics. Most reflection and writing on these subjects come from professionals in philosophy and in the specialized field of aesthetics. Christians are largely on the sidelines. This should not be.
Think where I could be if I had done my PhD first. I wouldn’t be 35 and feel like I am just starting (because in terms of the degree, I am just starting). I could have a big diploma framed up on the wall and an impressive honorific in front of my name. Instead, I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.
Short and simple stuff from Brandon Smith (at least, as much as anything concerning the Trinity can be).
Bringing back the backlist: Think before you tweet (your Bible)
But we Christians fudge on this pretty hard, if we’re being honest—especially when we’re trying to pick a Bible verse to share. Rather than quoting in context, we often just go with something that feels good. But we don’t (usually) check to make sure that what we’re saying actually makes sense—or might actually be good on its own.