On the last Sunday in April, the roughly 450 members of University Reformed Church (URC) in East Lansing, Michigan, voted overwhelmingly to leave their denomination.
One of the reasons: the Reformed Church in America’s wavering approach to same-sex marriages.
Deal of the Day
John Piper. Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully. Reviewed by David Steele.
Newton once wrote to another minister who was about to publish a very critical piece on another pastor. It was destined to spark controversy. And given what has gone on in the internet and the evangelical world—and what will come in the future—Newton’s counsel is wisdom crying aloud in the street for us all.
I‘m afraid that if I have to work retail for a career, my life is done.
This was one of the most important realizations of my adult life, because it forced me to recognize that I had a stupidly narrow conception of what a “Good Life” looked like. I had wrongly come to believe that the only way my life could be meaningful and significant was if I had a job as a college professor. And the fear of not achieving that status filled me with existential dread. A failure of imagination had led me to believe that my worth as a human was tied up in this single vision of the Good Life which I just had to attain. Could a similarly myopic vision of what it meant to be existentially justified have contributed to Elliot Rodger’s horrific mass killings?
Few things steal the joy out of life like comparison. Comparing myself to someone else can ruin my day in five seconds flat.
Most Christians, myself included, are too poor to be constantly acquiring new, expensive, hoity-toity toys. Unlike Scrooge McDuck, I don’t have a large vault in my home, in which I regularly swim. I can’t keep up with the rich Joneses of the world, so I don’t bother trying.
Zechariah 4:7 “And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!'”
“The more grace thrives in the soul, the more sin dies in the soul.” Thomas Brooks