- John Newton, writing his troubled friend William Cowper, notes the hardness of the Christian life — and the grace of Christ: “For every day shows us some new thing in the heart, or some new turn in the management of the war against us which we were not aware of; and upon these accounts, discouragements may arise so high as to bring us (I speak for myself) to the very point of throwing down our arms, and making either a tame surrender or a shameful flight. Thus it would be with us at last, if the Lord of hosts were not on our side….” [Aside” I’ve greatly appreciated the daily quotes from “The Old Guys.” It’s always good food for my soul.]
- Confused about tithing? Jesse Johnson provides a helpful overview in “Pastors and Tithing.” He concludes: “So in short, the concept of a tithe belongs to Israel and a theocracy. But a Christian should want to invest as much of his money as possible in eternal things, and it would seem that a good church is doing eternal work, and thus would present a good investment of the pastor’s money.”
- Are you struggling with anxiety and worry? David Powlison says you need a game plan: “Do you want to hear a good description of what happens with anxiety? ‘A man who has no control over his spirit is like a city broken into and without walls.’ That’s Proverbs 25:28. How do you get a grip when barbarians are rioting in the streets of your mind? Terrorist attackers, a gang of criminals, suicide bombers, cities invaded, fires everywhere, a lion in the street, chaos. Your mind loses its grip. Fear and anxiety have taken over. Nothing’s safe or certain. Anxiety is a universal human experience, and you need to approach it with a plan.”
- Lit! looks like an interesting book — how to read “Christianly.” I’ve not read it, but I’ve seen several positive reviews of it, including this one.
- We’re a couple of weeks past Reformation Day, but Justin Taylor’s, “Introducing the Reformation” is still worth reading as an overview of this important event.