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.
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!
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.