Saturday, June 22, 2013

Saturday Blog-sweep

The Good life

To live is not wealth. To live is not worldly success. To live is not sex. To live is not family. To live is Christ. We were created by Jesus and for Jesus, the merciful Savior who stood in our place and offers us new life. Jesus is our mediator before the Father, the motivation for all our decisions, and the driving force behind our every move. It’s all about Jesus. There is no good life apart from Jesus, because without Jesus life has no meaning.

My Secret to Reading lots of Books via Tim Challies


If your goal is to read a lot–like mine is–there are a few obstacles to overcome:

  • Keeping track of the books you want to read
  • Refining the list down to ones you’re going to read in the near feature
  • Actually reading them
  • Retaining the important parts

Being the 'Dung Gate' guy


I’ve heard it three times now—it was so good, I asked my whole family to watch it together last night, and it had a positive impact on my kids. Then we watched it together as a pastoral staff this morning.
If you are inclined to see it and have forty minutes to spare, I think you will be very encouraged personally that you don’t have to be an extraordinary man to have a meaningful role in the Kingdom; and also, it’ll help refresh your vision for the dignity of each member of the Body of Christ.
There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'.
The Vimeo staff pick is a great source of interesting viewing and worth keeping an eye on.

MLJ's Advice on What to Read

My advice to you is: Read Jonathan Edwards. Stop going to so many meetings; stop craving for the various forms of entertainment which are so popular in evangelical circles at the present time. Learn to stay at home. Learn to read again, and do not merely read the exciting stories of certain modern people. Go back to something solid and deep and real.
Are we losing the art of reading? Revivals have often started as the result of people reading volumes such as these two volumes of Edwards’ works. So read this man. Decide to do so. Read his sermons; read his practical treatises, and then go on to the great discourses on theological subjects

For a bit more on Edwards see my post here and also read The Chievley Profundity.



Baroness Stowell, who speaks for the Conservatives in the Lords on equalities issues, confirmed that faithfulness in marriage is not to be a requirement under the proposed legislation for same-sex relationships. Rather, issues of fidelity would be up to each couple to decide for themselves. 

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