Weekend Wind Down (6/15/13)

Should Christians Try to Legislate Their Morality? — Over at The Gospel Coalition, an important question is asked. Particularly in America today there is a strong need for thoughtful discussion and debate on whether and how Christians should be involved in government.

Marriage is not Ultimate — Although marriage is a fantastic blessing, it is not the ultimate thing. A good reminder, this one also from The Gospel Coaltion.

Feeling Underappreciated at Work — If you have worked more than a week at the same job, you’ve likely felt underappreciated at least once. This is a great Desiring God post on the topic.

What Bloggers Can Learn from Solomon — Corey, aka The Ink Slinger, wrote a guest post over at Well Spent Journey, and it’s a good one.

Does Christianity Take Fitness? What sort of fitness do we need to live the Christian life?

Religious and philosophical beliefs are, indeed, as dangerous as fire, and nothing can take from them that beauty of danger. But there is only one way of really guarding ourselves against excessive danger of them, and that is to be steeped in philosophy and soaked in religion.

– G. K. Chesterton, as quoted in A Year with G. K. Chesterton, Page 191

Weekend Wind Down (6/8/13)

A Review of Lean In — The Gospel Coalition has a thoughtful review of a recent bestseller by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO.

Infertility from the Husband’s Perspective — In case you missed it, this was a letter I wrote to my wife, sharing my thoughts and feelings on the struggle we are going through.

The Blessing of Marriage — N. A. Winter reflects on just what about marriage allows us to call it a blessing.

Does God Like Making You Suffer? — Stephen Altrogge has some comforting thoughts for those in the midst of suffering.

Pleasantness should reign in the biblical home, and discipline should be a brief event. — Doug Wilson

Weekend Wind Down (6/1/13)

25% of Profits Go to Charity — I just found out that Nancy Janes is donating 25% of all profits from her book sales to charity. For more on the book, check out my review of The Boy Who Walked A Way.

An Interview with Joshua Harris — The Washington Examiner published a short interview with Joshua Harris, focusing on his books, his role as pastor, and how he has handled recent controversy.

Grades Too Low, So the School Changed the Grading Scale — Does your school have too few A-students? Why not change the grading scale? (H/T)

What Christians Should Know About President Obama’s Counterterrorism Strategy — Over at The Gospel Coalition, Brian Auten summarizes the strategy and shares why it matters.

Stop Asking Me When I Am Going to Have Kids — A raw, honest response to the countless people who ask married couples this oftentimes-painful question. (H/T).

It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire; how little it is biassed by the texture of their muslin, and how unsusceptible of peculiar tenderness towards the spotted, the sprigged, the mull or the jackonet. Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone.

- Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (p. 47). (H/T).

Weekend Wind Down (5/25/13)

Tricia Oaks’ Review of Suburbianity — I recently reviewed Suburbianity, giving it a very positive review, so I enjoyed reading Tricia’s longer review that gives the book more analysis. If you were on the fence about this book and want to be convinced, check out her review.

Is Liberal Arts Education Worth It? — This question has been asked a lot lately, but here you can read some thoughts from the best source — a graduating senior in a liberal arts program. Jonathan Beames asks whether Christians are evaluating this question in the wrong light. (This week, I also came across Stanford’s answer to “Why are the humanities important?“.)

R. C. Sproul eBooks Now Free — Here is a collection of free eBooks answering crucial questions of the faith. The topics include, “Can I be sure I’m saved?” and “Can I trust the Bible?”

What to Do When Met with a Beggar — Jared Wilson asks a question I pondered long when I lived in a major urban city, and he answers: What should I do when I walk past a beggar asking me for money?

Weekend Wind Down (6/9/12)

When Introverts Become Idolaters – Kim Shay has great words for us introverts, speaking to when our natural desire for alone time can become sinful.

Heart Broken – N. A. Winter asks, “What breaks your heart?”

The “layman” need never think of his humbler task as being inferior to that of his minister. Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything. Let a man sanctify the Lord God in his heart and he can thereafter do no common act.
– A. W. Tozer in The Pursuit of God

Weekend Wind Down (6/2/12)

And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
– 1 Chronicles 29:10-13

Weekend Wind Down (5/26/12)

Have you entered this week’s book giveaway?

Five Words that Will Change Your Life – Congratulations to Jeff Goins and his wife!

10 Practical Ways to Love and Serve Your Wife – Ten great suggestions for husbands.

Eleven Ways to Hurt Your Local Church – Trisha begins a three-part series on our role in the church.

Competitive Mothering – Tim Challies takes a look at the darker, competitive side of modern mothering.

What C. S. Lewis taught me about enterprise and free markets – Jacqueline Otto takes a fresh look at a familiar C. S. Lewis quote.

Every relationship is victimized in some way when we seek to get from the surrounding creation what we were designed to get from God.
– Paul David Tripp in What Did You Expect?

Weekend Wind Down (5/5/12)

Have you entered yet for your chance to win a free book?

Adrian Warnock and Rob Bell Debate Heaven and Hell – After Bell’s book, Love Wins, stirred up a ton of controversy, this is the perfect follow-up to find out, just what does he believe?

Has the Gospel-Centered Emphasis Gone Too Far? – “With all this talk about grace, are we becoming antinomians? Maybe we’ve taken the gospel for granted, but are we now over-reacting by taking holiness for granted?” (H/T)

Ten Years, Ten Lessons – Kevin DeYoung offers ten lessons he’s learned in ten years of marriage.

Young People’s Priorities – A survey reveals what public policy issues Americans aged 18-29 care about, as well as how we prioritize those issues.

A Life of Significance – Great words for reflection: are you living for achievements or significance?

15 Tips on Blogging from John Newton – Some fantastic tips on how to blog for God’s glory, all from a very unlikely source: John Newton.

I wish to testify that in my best moments I am not aware of the existence of the government. Though I respect and feel myself dignified by the principles of the Declaration and the Constitution, I do not remember a day when the thought of the government made me happy, and I never think of it without the wish that it might become wiser and truer and smaller than it is.
– Wendell Berry

Guest Writers

I am now finishing up my last semester of school, and finals begin Monday. That means my schedule will be quite full for a few weeks. Thankfully, several kind souls have offered their time to serve as guest writers in the upcoming weeks. Each has offered to review a book they’ve enjoyed recently. I look forward to learning about several great books I haven’t read.

In addition, I’ll be hosting a giveaway for each book they review, so check back in every Thursday for your chance to win! (If you haven’t already entered this week’s book giveaway, you’re missing out.)
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Weekend Wind Down (4/21/12)

Like Water to a Plant – Christine reminds husbands how important our words are to our wives. Encourage them well and do it often.

Bringing Our Parents Joy – N. A. Winter offers three suggestions for how adults can obey God’s command to honor our parents.

So You Want to Date My Daughter – Jared Wilson shares 12 rules he will give to any boy that wants to date his daughter. This is simultaneously humorous, touching, and instructive. I don’t agree with every point, but this is a good read.

How to Stay Married for 25 Years – Kim at Upward Call reflects on the day of their 25th anniversary.

A Fourth Option, Mr. Harris – InkSlinger tackles the oft-repeated “problem of evil” argument against God’s existence. Perhaps even more interesting than the excellent post itself is the sixty-three comments in which a number of voices debate this issue.

“Fundamentalist Christians constantly speak passionately about seeing the possibility of redemption in everyone, and no one bats an eye. But make this same point in the secular context of the criminal justice system, and rather than praiseworthy piety it is heard as liberal gibberish.”
– David Feige in Indefensible