monday miscellany

~ Barnabas Piper on All the Radical I Can Manage:

…sometimes faith isn’t radical; sometimes it’s just holding on. It’s not intellectual in the slightest and neither is it particularly well-argued. It doesn’t seek to change the world or do anything dynamic. It is not on any mission and it’s not a unique use of gifts. It is just holding on tight because that’s all it can do at the time.

~ 5 Encouragements for Everyday Work

~ A prayer for greater freedom from the past in the present: “Time alone heals nothing; but time + your grace can heal most things.”

~ An excellent piece on The Human Shield:

I bring this up because this is something that I have noticed lately and that I believe is a real problem in Christian circles. Whenever someone says something about anything that might be interpreted as a standard, Christians bring out the victims. A Christian woman says girls should be modest, and all everyone wants to talk about is sex trafficking tragedies. A pastor says our kids should not be in day care, and we can only see the women who have been abandoned by selfish men. Someone says we should be thankful for bread, but the conversation becomes entirely about the sorrow of the people who were put in a coma because of wheat allergies. Someone says wives should submit to their husbands, and the whole world shrieks and waves their arms about battered women. We act like serious Christians don’t have the time (or the malice) to talk about little details of the Christian life. But Scripture takes the time to mention it, and I think it is important that we not shrug it off like we know better.

The thing is (and the heart of the matter), is that the hurt people are often not putting themselves there. They are brought out. They are held up as a human shield between Christians and conviction of sin.

Do read the whole thing.

~ Six benefits of ordinary daily devotions.

~ Here’s a Kindle deal on The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, a book I’ve been enjoying recently. I don’t know how long the deal will last.

~ Can’t or Won’t quotes from Tim Keller.

~ A really discouraging article on the extension of adolescence to the age of 25.

~ When Christian women make different choices.

~ I’m nearing the end of Season 4 of Breaking Bad, and I found this post — Badly Broken — interesting:

But Breaking Bad is not just a drama; it is an all-too-realistic depiction of the corrosive effects of sin. Try as we might, we cannot fully distance ourselves from what we see on-screen because the truth is that we are all Walter White.

Yep. A dear friend says we’re all just a bad decision or two from having to hide a body.

And on that cheery note, I’ll bid you a Happy Monday!

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