A Morning Peacock of Links (5/8)

The Story of Ian & Larissa

A must watch. Their dedication and love for one another is humbling and inspirational. “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it”.

God’s story of grace in marriage

Gloria Furman on the workings of grace in her own marriage as well as Ian & Larissa’s marriage (as seen above).

Why Bible Study Doesn’t Transform Us

Jen Wilkin on how a lacking approach (she lists 6 common, unsatisfactory approaches) to the bible has hindered growth and maturation in believers:

Why, with so many study options available, do many professing Christians remain unschooled and unchanged? Scripture teaches clearly that the living and active Word matures ustransforms usaccomplishes what it intends, increases our wisdom, and bears the fruit of right actions. There is no deficit in the ministry of the Word. If our exposure to it fails to result in transformation, particularly over the course of years, there are surely only two possible reasons why: either our Bible studies lack true converts, or our converts lack true Bible study.

I believe the second reason is more accurate than the first. Much of what passes for Bible study in Christian bookstores and church resource libraries just isn’t: while it may educate us on a doctrine or a topic, it does little to further our Bible literacy. And left to our own devices, we pursue a host of unsavory (and un-transformative) self-constructed approaches to “spending time in the Word.” Here are several that I encounter on a regular basis.

Everyone Discriminates

Instead of baldly saying that discrimination itself is wrong he should acknowledge the moral tension and stand on his own two feet. Go ahead and say actions and attitudes are wrong. Say that you don’t like them and that there should be consequences. Say and do something about it, don’t just hide behind an emotionally charged word like discrimination.

This however, is incredibly difficult and uncommon in our culture. It costs you moral capital to do it. It is far easier (and common) to wield the sword of tolerance than it is to make a moral statement. You can say that someone is not being tolerant but you can’t say they are wrong (Sandusky conveniently excluded). This costs you moral capital.

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…We would all do well to look for our blind-spots and try to be consistent; spend the moral capital and take the stand. It is far more intellectually honest and convincing than waving the foam bat of intolerance at every opportunity.

Wherever I Wind Up

Tim Challies’ review of Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey’s newly released memoir:

Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball is one of the most gut-honest sports memoirs I’ve read. Dickey’s life has been anything but easy, both on the field and off. Born into a turbulent home, he tumbled up more than he grew up, enduring divorce and excruciating sexual abuse. A high school friend shared the gospel with him and from a young age he professed faith in Jesus Christ…

Honour the Vanilla Men

Carl Trueman on why elders and teachers, mere vanilla men, ought to be honored and appreciated in our churches.

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