What I’ve Been Reading Lately

A friend recently called me out on my blogging dry spell (it’s been about two weeks since my last post). That’s completely understandable, since this is such a great blog and all. Since we live in a country that is built upon giving the good people what they want (and the fact that it’s Cyber Monday), here’s a new post full of articles I’ve bookmarked over the last couple of weeks.

There’s no original content by me (I spent all my creative energy trying to figure out different ways to re-purpose Thanksgiving leftovers), but there are some really good thoughts, ideas, and lessons to be had. I hope it speaks to you much like the cornbread stuffing sang sweet songs in my stomach last week.

Intolerant Tolerance | Mark Driscoll

Today there are not sins. There is only one sin, and that is calling anything a sin.

Modesty Matters | Tim Challies — Part 1: The Heart of Modesty| Part 2: Imperishable Beauty | Part 3: What Not To Wear

Modesty is just not as simple as we sometimes make it. It is a matter of the heart before it is a matter of dress, and that heart is both tricky and deceptive.

The Real Truth About “Boring” Men | Ann Voskamp

The real romantics imagine greying and sagging and wrinkling as the deepening of something sacred. Because get this, kids — How a man proposes isn’t what makes him romantic. It’s how a man purposes to lay down his life that makes him romantic.

12 Tips for Keeping It Clean in Your Dating Relationship | Derek Rishmawy
You’re Not Just a Barista | Mark Altrogge — Great little article about lifting up others not matter how menial their task might be. Great for the Christmas (see: retail) season
Evangelism Means Being Honest | Aaron Armstrong — A quote from Mark Dever’s The Gospel and Personal Evangelism:

When we tell the gospel to people, we need to do it with honesty. To hold back important and unpalatable parts of the truth is to begin to manipulate and to try to sell a false bill of goods to the person with whom we are sharing. So however we evangelize, we aren’t to hide problems, to ignore our own shortcomings, or to deny difficulties. And we are not to put forward only positives that we imagine our non-Christian friends presently value and present God as simply the means by which they can meet or achieve their own ends. We must be honest.

Bold or Brazen? | Rut Etheridge III — When does our belief in God’s sovereignty cross from being bold (good) to brazen (bad)?

Faith is bold when it approaches God with the sanctified aggression God permits His sons (Matthew 11:12, Hebrews 4:16), to request whatever is necessary for His name to be hallowed, for His kingdom to come (Matthew 6:9). Bold faith does not “claim”, i.e. demand, precise details of God’s providence; bold faith trusts that God’s providence is and always will be, good.

Giving Thanks With Contentment | Kevin Carson — Looking to Paul on how to live a rejoiceful, Christ centered life. Good practical applications.

Time for Cowboy Breakfast Again | Mark Altrogge — This sounds fun. I’m hungry.

Sabbath Rest and Moral Limits of Consumption | Jordan Ballor — Consumption, Christmas, greed, and the Sabbath.

Nuke 3:16 | Adam Ford — Understanding the power and implications of John 3:16 in a neat little webcomic.

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