I’m grateful for all the kind, encouraging, and soul-strengthening words we’ve received from you over the past few days. Yesterday was Nick’s memorial service here at Southern Seminary; this evening we head home. Following our two-week quarantine, we will have a funeral in our hometown. The Lord has been so very kind to us these past days. We have never experienced his mercy and his grace as we are right now. We are so grateful.
I had a few articles already written and queued up (like this one) that are being metered out. I don’t want anyone to think I’m working when I should be caring for my family!
There are a few Kindle deals someone has kindly gathered.
“You get no extremes from Paul. Only reality. An invisible battle is raging all around you. Don’t be naive. Don’t be afraid. Protect yourself. He used the word ‘against’ six times. We can’t claim ignorance here. We’re in combat. We wrestle not merely against flesh and blood, but against a formidable, invisible enemy. We’ve been warned.”
Alan Shlemon: “This might sound a little creepy: I know how you read your email. I promise I’m not stalking you, but I know there’s something you never do when you get a message from a friend.”
The “reward” of sin is never worth the expense. As William Boekestein says, “We never sin for free. There is always a cost. And counting that cost can make us less willing to follow our tempted hearts into spiritual danger.”
John Piper answers a concerned young man. “My answer very simply is that I do not know if David has crossed a line; I don’t know whether he’s crossed a line from which he cannot return. But I can say to him that having sex with a prostitute, or intending to and paying for it, is not beyond God’s forgiveness, if there is genuine repentance…”
Chris Thomas reflects briefly on unequal comparisons.
In this video Michael Kruger addresses some of the common marks of progressive Christianity.
As always, you’ll find some good columns to read at Tabletalk magazine.
How do our churches make giving to the Lord an act of worship when, rather than being done corporately and manually, it is done electronically and automatically?
It is better to have eyes for beauty than for blemish.—J.R. Miller