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(Yesterday on the blog: Has Your Child Been Looking at Bad Stuff Online?)
This is a long but important read from First Things that attempts to grapple with the contemporary sexual chaos. “As the #MeToo movement has spread from the upper echelons of Hollywood to the halls of Congress, what has most struck me is the startling disconnect between the movement’s feverish sensitivity to sexual impropriety, on the one hand, and women’s eager embrace of our nation’s sex-drenched popular culture, on the other.”
A few weeks ago there was a bunch of talk about canceling church on the Sunday after Christmas. In this episode of the Pastors’ Talk podcast, Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman step a bit above the fray to talk about the nature of church and the consequences of canceling it.
“The World Below” displays some stunning footage taken from the International Space Station.
I really enjoyed Brianna Lambert’s poem “I Felt the Sun Today.” Remember: Poetry needs to be read aloud so you can not just read but also hear it.
I found this a helpful reflection on envy and rivalry and what they do to us and our ability to minister to others. “Envy is a distrust of Christ. When I envy the position, prestige, or platform of another, I am screaming in my heart that Christ, though gracious in all His actions towards me, has failed to give me enough. Envy tells me that Christ, who gave His all, to the point of death (even death on a cross!) is withholding something from me now. I cannot truly lead others to worship a God who I feel has not done a good enough job taking care of me as His own. I cannot lead them to worship such a God, and, if I am so displeased with His services, why would I want to recommend Him to someone else?”
Husbands will benefit from this one. “God does not tolerate his church. He does not ignore her. He does not wake up in the morning thinking he married the wrong girl. Familiarity does not dampen his passion. Eternity will seem like a moment to him because of his love for her. She does not scheme to win his embrace. He spent his strength for her in his earthly life and was pierced for her transgressions to stab at the roots of death and shield her from the grave.”
This reflection on Christ’s return merits reading aloud (especially the second-to-last paragraph). “What is spellbinding about this is not only the unthinkable idea that everyone, everywhere, at once will see him, but also that Christ’s coming will be moment and meaning simultaneously. When the tribes of the earth see the coming Christ there will be no confusion about his identity, no doubt about his authority, nor any dissenting from the reality of his judgement, but what a stunning image of the sovereign Saviour.”
Every day, we are all building the house we will live in when old age comes. Some of us are building a beautiful palace. Some are building a dark prison. What are you building?
The word of God is more than enough for the people of God to live their lives to the glory of God. —Kevin DeYoung