Here are some noteworthy reads from the last few weeks:
Why You Can Trust Your Bible despite differences in texts.
The Amalekite Genocide. God’s command to wipe out the Amalekites is used as ammunition against Christianity by atheists and is troublesome to Christians. Here is a thoughtful article about God’s possible reasons for it.
Where does brokenness drive you? I pondered this for a long time after reading it. It’s kind of popular in blogging right now to expose our failings in the name of transparency and lean heavily on grace, and that’s not wrong. I think perhaps it started as a reaction against appearing to have too picture-perfect a life to readers. But do we sometimes wallow in our failures and presume upon grace? We are all broken in some respects, and grace provides for blessed forgiveness, but it doesn’t stop there.
Indispensable. No one is. Beautiful.
21 Spiritual Things to Pray for Other Christians. It’s easy to pray for physical needs, but we sometimes neglect these spiritual needs.
Stories That Lead By Example. Sometimes a story explains things better than an explanation. “I believe stories can broaden our empathy, helping us to love. They tell us we’re not alone. But they can also give us something to live up to, whetting our appetite for virtues we don’t yet have.”
To Moms of One or Two Children. Feeling overwhelmed and finding God’s grace sufficient no matter how many you have.
Three Things You Don’t Know About Your Children and Sex. They probably know more than you think they do, and from dangerous sources. This is not a new problem, but the Internet exponentially increases the availability of unwholesome sources of information.
Are we doing the Lord’s work? Questions for web sites set up specifically to expose a leader’s sins.
The 5 Worst Books For Your Children. Interesting thoughts.
18 Fun Things To Do Before Going Back to School. I think most students have already, but these are still fun ideas.
And something to bring you a smile:
Have a great weekend!