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Several years ago, my book club read Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. Highly recommended
David Murray turns to the Puritans to demonstrate that sin is the greatest obstacle to personal happiness.
Americans have deep-sixed the traditional funeral. Chad Bird considers what we’ve lost.
And speaking of funerals, a montage from the 1965 funeral of Winston Churchill.
Is sanctification monergistic or synergistic? Read Kevin DeYoung’s answer.
Is math ability genetic? Yes, to some extent, say the authors. But “for high school math, inborn talent is just much less important than hard work, preparation, and self-confidence.”
Micheal Kruger writes, “Preaching is a stunningly simple solution to a complex and daunting problem (postmodernity). But, the solution has been there all along. Paul said it plainly when he laid out our mission, But we preach Christ crucified” (1 Cor 1:23).” Read his “How the Scandal of Preaching Will Reach Our Postmodern World.”
Illness kept me from posting these links a few weeks ago;
While I’m on lists of 10: “10 Things Americans Waste Money On”
David Murray identifies 18 obstacles to personal devotions in the digital age. “Reason 2: Loss of Concentration. Tests of office workers reveal that they check email 30-40 times an hour, although they think it’s only 10-15 times an hour. 1 in 4 people check their smartphone every 30 minutes, 1 in 5 every 10 minutes.”
In “Art, Nakedness, and Redemption,” William VanDoodewaard writes: “To reject nudity in art and film is no denial of artistic ability, nor of created beauty. It is a realistic, careful, humble acknowledgment of God’s redemptive work in Christ and His precepts for a grace transformed, holy, happy life in a fallen world. This includes the need for covering nakedness. Real redemptive activity seeks to preserve and rescue from sin by pointing men and women to Christ and His Word.”
Kelly Kapic writes, “Sometimes in reaction to our culture, which often confuses love with sappy sentimentality, Christians are tempted to let the pendulum swing too far in the other direction. We say things such as ‘love is not a feeling—it is a commitment.’ While I am sympathetic with the concerns of well- meaning Christians, I have to admit that concept of love is depressing if it exhausts one’s definition of love.” Read more.
German and American soldiers unite to fight one of the last battles of World War II in Europe. Exceedingly strange but true.
“The reluctance to face up to the boy gap is evident at every level of government,” writes Christina Hoff Sommers.
Articles and clips of interest I viewed this week:
Mrs. Thatcher won’t jump, a role model alternative to Miley Cyrus.
Confused by the players in the Middle East crisis? Consult this chart.
Are all sins equal? J.I. Packer’s answer.