It has been a strong week for Kindle deals, and the tend continues today with another batch of good books.
Wendy Alsup writes about the important of being honest and vulnerable with your elders. “I snuck into the bright sanctuary of the church and snagged a seat on the back row, taking in the people, the pastor, and the liturgy of the service. I was home for Christmas visiting my parents in South Carolina, knowing that, due to the divorce bearing down on my family, I would be moving there from Seattle for good in a few months. I was going to be landing in South Carolina broken and hurting. Despite the safety net my family provided, I knew I needed a strong church community.”
Andrew Wilson tells how Moynihan’s Law may apply to Christians. “‘The amount of violations of human rights in a country,’ argued Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, ‘is always an inverse function of the amount of complaints about human rights violations heard from there. The greater the number of complaints being aired, the better protected are human rights in that country.’ In other words: the better things get, the worse they seem.”
This one isn’t written by a Christian writer, but is a well-told story of how a stranger helped her family.
Samuel James writes about a recent situation with Eric Metaxas. “The F-word has made a stunningly quick journey from cultural stigma to cultural mainstay, but that does not change its meaning or the imagery it is intended to conjure up. Until very recently anyone who shouted such a thing at a mixed group would have been publicly shamed at a minimum, and likely physically confronted.”
While it’s probably not the most enthralling subject for a video, if you encounter as many potholes as I do, you may be interested to know where they come from.
What Bible-reader hasn’t wondered why Satan was allowed to tempt Job?
Kevin DeYoung edited his series on thinking theologically about racial tensions and put it all in a single PDF file. It’s a helpful resource.
The world, the flesh, and the devil tell us to pursue our sin, to enjoy our sin, to go deeper and deeper into our sin, to identify ourselves by our sin, to become our sin. God’s Word tells us to identify our sin, to hate our sin, to destroy our sin. And by God’s grace we can do that very thing.
When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.—C.S. Lewis