By most standards, I’m not cool. I like to pretend I am most of the time, but my attempts are pretty pathetic. Which is probably good, because, trying to be cool is deadly. Read this great article and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Time Magazine’s now famous front cover story on Transgender being the next civil rights issue should not be missed by Christians. What should we think about it? What should we think of the the idea that the genitalia one is born with should not determine the gender one embraces? John Piper has a helpful perspective as we try to think biblically and lovingly about this.
If you’re married, you’ve probably felt criticism from your spouse. Consider some of wisdom from Biblical Counselor David Powlison.
I admittedly have never been a part of women’s bible study. Surprised? I hope not. I have personally been zealous to get men serious about personal study of God’s Word. My wife recently pointed me to an article that was making a similar point for women. Since it was written by a woman, and for women, I thought it’d be good to draw your attention to it.
We can get paranoid when our situation, or, the situation of those we care about, feels unsafe. When an accident happens, we like to figure out how we can avoid that at all costs. We want explanations. There’s nothing wrong with that to a degree. But its good to reflect on how our hearts pursue protection. Are we “overprotected”? Here’s a great article to think through this good topic.
We all want spring to get here. I can’t keep track of all the people at Calvary who have slipped on the ice and had serious injuries. On top of that, it can become depressing being inside all the time. And for parents of young children, it can get especially crazy. Here is a great article written about that by a Biblical Counselor with CCEF, Alasdair Groves. Read it yourself, and pass it on to any parents of young children who may be helped by it.
If you’re reading this blog, you probably use some sort of social media like Facebook or twitter. But do you ever think much about how social media effects how you view yourself and how you interact with God? Here is a great article that explains it all very well.
How could I write about selfies with taking one myself?
I admit it. I can be pretty cynical at times. In some circles, this would be welcomed. I would even be embraced as one who has the right disposition to life. But being a cynic is at odds with my identity as a forgiven follower and child of God. Paul Maxwell, in his insightful article “Putting Off Cynicism”, helps us understand what it means to be cynical, the dangers of being cynical, and the road away from it. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you should especially read it.
A few Sundays ago I mentioned the prosperity gospel in my sermon. A great ministry called 9marks just came out with their bimonthly ejournal, and it is all about the prosperity gospel. Most of the articles are short, but right on the money biblically speaking. You will be spiritually richer and biblically healthier if you read these.
The devotional book “Jesus Calling” has become wildly popular, especially among women. And just like everything we read and watch, we need to read with biblical discernment. “Jesus Calling” is no exemption. So if you have read it, are reading it, or plan to read it, what things should you keep in mind? Kathy Keller, wife of Manhattan pastor Tim Keller, explains well why she cannot recommend it. If you are interested in more background, Christianity Today had an article on Sarah Young (the author of “Jesus Calling”) and the controversy surrounding the book.
If you don’t want to read those articles, here’s the main thing for you to keep in mind (something to keep in mind no matter what you are reading): if you are taking 5 minutes a day to read “Jesus Calling” but are not spending 5 minutes reading your Bible, then stop reading “Jesus Calling” and start reading your Bible more. The Bible is sufficient for all that we need for life and godliness.