Grab bag

Items of interest with biblical implications from around the internet in the past week:

  • Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the death of Martyn Lloyd-Jones.  Justin Taylor has compiled short biographical videos and a number of other resources of interest concerning the great preacher’s life.
  • Paul Tripp talks about the grace of confession — “no change takes place in a relationship that does not begin with confession. The problem for many of us is we look at confession as a burden, when it is actually a grace.”  Read the entire post.
  • In the past couple weeks the issue of gay marriage has dominated much of our national conversation. Al Mohler considers “Why Same Sex Marriage Makes Sense to So Many.” Among his statements:  “Same-sex marriage is not an idea that emerged from a vacuum. The project of normalizing homosexuality has deep roots and ideological momentum. The elites, the entertainment culture, the news media, and the educational establishment celebrate all three of these ideas as central to the modern experience and as ideological propulsion into a better future.”  This post follows his earlier, “A Milestone in the Betrayal of Marriage.”
  • Carl Trueman helpful reminds us that he (and we all) are not so different from Muammar Gadaffi:  “Gadaffi is only an extreme example of that which dwells in each of us…”
  • My wife and I have seen the play “Les Misérables” multiple times — it is a favorite because the contrast between law and grace is so clear.  And while the author of the book on which the play is based, Victor Hugo, may not have been a believer, he is still a gift to believers, as John Piper has noted.
  • Pastor Joe Holland has written “8 Tips for Talking to Your Kids about the Sermon.” Not only will kids benefit from these kinds of interactions, but so will the parents who initiate them (because they will become better listeners).
  • Kevin DeYoung offers some “Distinguishing Marks of a Quarrelsome Person.”
  • I haven’t read, or even purchased yet, Sam Crabtree’s recent book, Practicing Affirmation.  But based on John Piper’s Foreword, I need this book:  “Sam’s book is a healing balm for cranks, misfits, and malcontents who are so full of self they scarcely see, let alone celebrate, the simple beauties of imperfect virtue in others. Or to say it differently: I need this book.”

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