I made it safely home on Saturday and am now into my second two-week quarantine. I was told at the border that unless I remain completely separate from the rest of my household, they have to quarantine with me. So now the three of us are confined to the house until the end of the month! Canada is taking this stuff seriously, I guess…
Today’s Kindle deals include quite a good selection of books, some for general readers and some for academics.
Abigail Dodds has a good article on the sin of self-pity. “What’s interesting about self-pity is that, while it is generally recognized as a negative trait among Christians and non-Christians, it is not a word you can find in the Bible. It isn’t found in the Epistles’ vice lists or among the seven deadly sins.”
“These days, the venue for ministerial self-promotion isn’t a glossy postcard but a carefully-curated Twitter account. But we need to return to this issue of self-promotion because so many pastors and ministers appear to be walking lock-step with a trend the Bible so clearly discourages.”
We’ve been reading a lot about Grace Community Church’s decision to defy their government and worship without restrictions. I think this article helpfully reminds us why what one church decides in their context may have to differ from another church in another context. “This essay is not intended to be a shot over anyone else’s bow. Each church and elder team serve the Lord in a unique community and cultural setting. What works in mid-central Indiana may not work in, well, you fill in the blank. Plus, judging the servant of another is a patently unbiblical thing to do (Romans 14:4).”
What’s true in sports is true in godliness: it takes practice and repetition.
Paul Tripp: “Even though the Bible doesn’t answer your specific why questions—the kind of questions every sufferer asks—it does unveil why God allows hardship into the lives of his children. There is tremendous comfort in the purpose of God revealed in Scripture. God lovingly clues us into his purpose so that in the middle of our suffering we have reason to hope.”
I tend to rent from Avis over Hertz, but still enjoyed this video about the rise and fall of a mismanaged company.
Is this oft-repeated phrase accurate?
…we are gaining our knowledge through headlines—clickbait headlines. Our opinions and convictions are being shaped by words designed not to convey truth, but to generate clicks.
A church that doesn’t tell people how to live in obedience to Christ isn’t a church at all.—Albert Mohler