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(Yesterday on the blog: New: Challies Daily Podcast (Audio Blog))
“Female Christians blessed with writing talent who seek to use their gifts for the benefit of the Church are often questioned about their motivations. ‘Are they simply on an ego trip?’ some ask. ‘Are they unwilling to be quiet servants? Have they bought into worldly ideas? Is this all about gaining power and influence?'” I think you’ll appreciate the response here.
“I’m getting a lot of stick from my guy friends. They say that I should always submit to their lead and that this is biblical. I tell them that male headship is specifically within the context of marriage, but they won’t listen to me because I am female. It’s sort of a catch-22. Am I to submit to the lead of all males within the church?” R. Scott Clark answers well.
Sinclair Ferguson shares what he would say to himself as a younger minister if he had to go back and do it all again.
“One of the reasons the call to ‘just be good’ might be attractive to us is because we assume everyone can do it. While expecting everyone to believe the same things is unreasonable and exclusive, expecting everyone to ‘be good’ is a bar we believe everyone can meet. But this assumption creates a very particular disposition in us. ”
Chap Bettis focuses on something important. “God loves a cheerful parent and a cheerful family. That means joy is within my control. It is my sacred duty to be happy in the Lord. Stoic duty that moves me on to the next duty without delight in the Lord and my children does not reflect God.”
“The doctrine of Christian liberty flows out of the doctrine of Christian freedom. Freedom in Christ includes not only freedom from the law as a covenant, freedom from the domination of sin and Satan, but also freedom from the domination of men over the conscience of the Christian.” Here’s a long and helpful look at Christian liberty.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of how a good critic (kind of) destroyed a restaurant by praising it. He raises some good points about our modern-day obsessions with lists. Do note there are a few bad words in the conversations he records.
The truth is that even the perfect environment offers no guarantees of successful parenting, that raising godly children is not the ultimate goal of your life, and that you are dependent upon others in raising your children.
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The truth is that even the perfect environment offers no guarantees of successful parenting, that raising godly children is not the ultimate goal of your life, and that you are dependent upon others in raising your children. —Charles Spurgeon