I have just two things for you today.
One, if you have had it up to here with political advertising like I (and my children) have, head over to this Random Political Rhetoric Generator for a couple of laughs. You can take important stands like, “I want an America where internet pirates and violent video game makers cannot corrupt our cherished national parks.”
Two, this article by Carl Trueman is a highly influential one for me when it comes to music in the church. I return to it now and again to recalibrate and ask questions of myself and others: What Can Miserable Christians Sing? Here’s a taste:
A diet of unremittingly jolly choruses and hymns inevitably creates an unrealistic horizon of expectation which sees the normative Christian life as one long triumphalist street party — a theologically incorrect and a pastorally disastrous scenario in a world of broken individuals. Has an unconscious belief that Christianity is — or at least should be — all about health, wealth, and happiness silently corrupted the content of our worship? Few Christians in areas where the church has been strongest over recent decades — China, Africa, Eastern Europe – would regard uninterrupted emotional highs as normal Christian experience.
Trueman wrote a follow-up piece for the 9marks blog earlier this year that is also worth a read.
Lazy Cultural Engagement: “…we tend to treat actual cultural artifacts in the way we sometimes treat the Bible: as “proof texts” from which we can draw principles or truths for application. Though we love the Bible, we evangelicals in particular have often treated verses as if they stand alone, forgetting that the story in which they appear speaks just as much as the verses themselves. Form speaks, as well as content.”
I guess it’s a movie day today in linkage. Here’s Thomas MacKenzie’s review of the new Left Behind movie, which starts off being hilarious and ends up being really encouraging.
I posted this a while back on facebook, but I wanted to keep it here, too. Maybe you need this encouragement for moms that It’s Their Day, Too.
Here’s a worthwhile kickstarter to support. Sam Smith is a good friend of ours and he’s putting out his first novel! My kids laughed and laughed over this video:
We’re studying modern history this year in school. There are so many great missionary stories to be explored; this week, we begin with Eric Liddell. Later on we’ll get to Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, and others.
They inspire us…to keep on.
Another king-sized linkage post! You have nothing else to do today, right?
I think I link to this every year, but Mary at Owlhaven always inspires me with her September Grocery Challenge. She has way more kids than I do and pinches pennies to see if she can get through the month spending just $300 on food.
This made me laugh: What to Say When Your Child Blathers on About Minecraft. (this is my life)
Show Them Jesus: a helpful thing to keep in mind for parents of church-raised kids. It’s harder for them to see the Gospel sometimes.
Encouragement to keep on keeping on from Tim Challies: The Spasmodic Hercules. “We tend to overestimate how much we can grow in a short period, and underestimate how much we will grow over a long period, provided we simply take hold of God’s ordinary means.”
Introspection Time for Evangelicals: “A desperate, angry, apocalyptic tone of social engagement alienates many people, including some of the children of those who practice it.”
College Girls: Education, Imago Dei, and the Gospel: “We educate girls and women for the same reason we educate boys and men. We educate our daughters because they are made in God’s image. Full. Stop.”
And please go read this…it’s a treasure. Letters to the Children of Troy. I’ve attached EB White’s letter below.
Have a great weekend!
Back in December of last year, Jon Acuff issued a challenge to his readers to empty one bookshelf in their home for the purpose of tracking what they’ve read in 2014.
Here we are in late September. What would your shelf look like? I listed what’s on mine in the sidebar. That list does not include those books I read with my literature classes, but I still wish the list were longer. Nevertheless, my goal was one book per month, and I’ve kept to it. I’m on the verge of finishing numbers ten and eleven.
I think I will continue to keep a shelf free for this purpose. It’s excellent accountability to keep on reading. You can see what everyone has read on the shared Pinterest board.
OK, this is my first linkage post in a while, so hang on. We’ve got a lot to get to.
Imagining the Path of Christian Exile: “They gave me two choices, leave or die. And you, too, are changed for having to quietly watch me go, or die yourselves. It is not how old neighbors should part.”
A Hail: If you’ve ever read A Severe Mercy, don’t miss this tribute to Davy VanAuken by Lanier Ivester.
A Helpful Guide to Becoming Un-Busy: “Stop the glorification of busy.” The Becoming Minimalist blog has been a favorite stop of mine recently.
Benjamin Dillow Should Not Have Died: “Despite the fact Ben had been legally adopted, and his parents had secured his passport, and a US orphan visa issued by our Embassy, the Dillows could not get an exit letter from the DRC government to bring him home.”
When we were watching World Cup Soccer this year, this commercial found a place in my heart. The music is “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”
I loved Tsh’s reflections on her increasing gray hair. We are the same age, and I have plans to do the same — though I am not showing much gray yet.
If you are an instagrammer, you might enjoy this post called What I Instagrammed vs. What Was Really Happening, Or My Entire Life Is A Lie
In case you aren’t feeling depressed enough about the state of politics and our country: Darth Vader is Polling Higher Than All Potential 2016 Presidential Candidates
This week I was reminded of this post of Rebecca’s: To Young Mothers of Toddlers and Babies.