In a feature reminiscent of my childhood in which Sunday supper consisted of a smorgasbord of leftovers and a random assortment of other foods, I bring you an assortment of random items of interest from the past week.
“In nothing does Providence shine forth more gloriously in this world than in ordering the occasions, instruments and means of conversion of the people of God. However skillfully its hand had molded your bodies, however tenderly it had preserved them and however bountifully it had provided for them; if it had not also ordered some means or other for your conversion, all the former favors and benefits it had done for you had meant little.” – John Flavel, Mystery of Providence. Read more of this quote and some other great thoughts about When Your Testimony Just Isn’t That Good.
Finding Your Calling raises some good questions about our perceptions of meaning and significance. Here’s a sample: “We must allow kingdom thinking to produce kingdom values and kingdom emotions… No matter where you are in this life or what you do, I pray that your sense of calling will celebrate ‘the strange glory of ordinary things.’”
Some simple and practical thoughts in this list of Seven Concerns About Christians and Tipping
“The reality, however, is that sin is not primarily something we need to be sheltered from, but delivered from.” – The Duggars and the Evil Outside. Another response to the Duggar family’s recent revelation of abuse is a thoughtful consideration of how we should respond to similar situations of Sexual Abuse Among Us.
A Pastor’s Response to the Death of a Childhood Abuser – A very emotional look at the conflicting emotions involved with forgiveness and a desire for justice.
To the Other Woman’s Embrace – challenging thoughts on discontentment, idolatry and sin as observed in Sarah’s giving of Hagar to Abraham.
“I believe that it is anti-Christian and unholy for any Christian to live with the object of accumulating wealth… To live with the object of accumulating wealth is anti-Christian.” – Charles Spurgeon as quoted in the excellent article 5 Errors of the Prosperity Gospel.
Don’t Assume Anything in the Pulpit – Great observations for preachers.
Here is a great reminder of the importance of giving thanks for our food. – Don Whitney, “No, I Won’t Bless the Food.”
Enjoy this random collection of stuff and be sure to let me know what you’ve been reading or watching that is interesting, enjoyable or helpful.