Monday Picks ~ 8-8-2016

Picks Monday

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

An important insight into rest…

Throwing Sheep into a Pit: The Discipline of Sabbath Rest
Rachel Poel
Our struggle to let go of our to-do lists and inboxes for a day shows how much we really need this rest. We don’t rest to maximize our productivity later. We rest to remember that our worth does not hinge on our productivity. We rest because we are children and God is the Father. We rest because we are creatures and God is the Potter. We rest because we are saved and God is the Savior.


Caution: Uncomfortable reading ahead…

Should Christians Save for Retirement?Randy Alcorn
Is this reasonable planning, exercising foresight as Proverbs commends? Or is it an alternative to trusting God, a backup in case God doesn’t come through? How is maintaining a generous retirement plan fundamentally different from the rich fool storing up for his later years to live out his life in comfort and security? We know what Jesus thought of that man’s retirement plans (Luke 12:16-21). Why should we assume He thinks differently about ours? We should study this passage and compare our attitudes, behavior (including giving), and plans for the future to that man’s, and ask how different we are from him. If there’s no difference, obviously we need to change something…

…I realize this is a troubling and threatening question. Believe me, it bothers me to ask it. Although my retirement savings account may be small by American standards, it’s still enough to keep many people alive and reach many people with the gospel. Nanci and I decided a while back to take out some retirement funds and give them to God’s kingdom. But we still have a significant amount left. Some day we may give more of it away, or none of it, or all of it. I don’t know. But I do know we must ask God, because it belongs to Him, not us.


Caution: Humorous reading ahead…

Rules and Values for Hipsters to Live ByTed Kluck
pexels-photo-69212In true neo-Reformed fashion we decided that this topic needed boundaries and I want to try to provide those boundaries.

Below are several helpful rules for hipsters which we didn’t try that hard at (which – not trying hard – is itself a core value of hipsterness). Enjoy (or don’t, we don’t care because not caring is another core value)…


Art Appreciation…
Non Sequitur

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