Just some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing…
The Cost and Beauty of Marriage –Darryl Dash
“There’s suffering in this thing called marriage, but there’s more joy than you can imagine. Somehow they exist together.”
As usual, even though we would prefer it otherwise, the answer to this question is too long for a bumper sticker. While you may or may not agree with everything he says in this article, John Piper does a good job of outlining several strands of thought on the question…
Should Christians Be Encouraged to Arm Themselves?
“The issue is not primarily about when and if a Christian may ever use force in self-defense, or the defense of one’s family or friends. There are significant situational ambiguities in the answer to that question. The issue is about the whole tenor and focus and demeanor and heart-attitude of the Christian life. Does it accord with the New Testament to encourage the attitude that says, “I have the power to kill you in my pocket, so don’t mess with me”? My answer is, No.
Here are nine considerations that lead me to this conclusion…”
Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
“Hard times come with hard questions, and our cultural context exerts enormous pressure on Christians to affirm common ground at the expense of theological differences. But the cost of getting this question wrong is the loss of the Gospel. Christians affirm the image of God in every single human being and we must obey Christ as we love all people everywhere as our neighbor. Love of neighbor also demands that we tell our neighbor the truth concerning Christ as the only way to truly know the Father.
We must also understand that the most basic issue is the one Jesus answered with absolute clarity. One cannot deny the Son and truly worship the Father. There is no question that the Muslim is our neighbor, but there is no way to remain faithful to Scripture and the gospel and then claim that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.”
And now a little something fun to lighten the mood…
When Christmas Carols Lead us Astray –Barnabas Piper
“Just because it’s cold outside does not give a man the right to ply a woman with drinks and force her to stay longer.”