Weekend Reading: 4/1


by John Ellis

I freely and happily admit that I have cribbed this idea from many other writers and bloggers. So be it. A good idea is a good idea, right? There is so much content vying for our attention on the internet, it’s often hard to find the diamond in the rough, so to speak. Although, there are plenty of diamonds hidden throughout the interwebs. That fact means that aggregate sites are useful, and websites and blogs that devote articles and posts to serving as an aggregate for interesting and/or useful content are likewise useful. While I have next to zero desire for this blog to become an aggregate site, or even provide daily posts that offer some help to my friends and readers uncovering some diamonds that they may have missed, a weekly post seems fun for me and possibly profitable for others.

Below, are several of the more interesting articles and blog posts that I read over the last week. Enjoy.

Last night, I was talking with some friends from church about God’s graciousness extended to the nations. I commented that even if God removes some of His restraint of common grace from this country, allowing for greater embrace of sin and a deepening persecution of Christians, we can rest assured and give Him praise that His kingdom is advancing in places like Africa, South America, and Asia. This article from The Gospel Coalition details some of God’s work in China. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/young-restless-and-reformed-in-china

God blesses His children immensely. Those blessings take many forms. Sadly, we often turn those blessings into idols. In this post, Rachel Lehner cautions us against turning our blessings/gifts from God into idols, and she offers four diagnostic questions to help us discern whether or not we’ve done that. http://unlockingthebible.org/good-gift-idol-four-questions/

Al Mohler writes, “Now that the moral revolutionaries are solidly in control, what is to be demanded of Christians who, on the basis of Christian conviction, cannot join the revolution? The demands have now been presented, and they represent unconditional surrender.” Mohler writes, of course, about the moral revolution that is seemingly steamrolling our cultural norms that were once based on Judeo-Christian ethics. http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/revolution-demands-unconditional-surrender/

In honor of MLB’s opening day, I offer you this article from ESPN about how Cleveland Indians’ reliever Andrew Miller may change the game, for the better. If you love baseball or statistics or both, of course, I believe that you will find this article fascinating. http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/18992656/indians-ace-reliever-andrew-miller-end-tyranny-save

Speaking of persecution (above), Kevin DeYoung give four thoughts on the persecution of Christians in this country. https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/kevindeyoung/2017/03/29/four-thoughts-on-persecution-in-america/

Of course, I disagree, adamantly so, with this article from the New Yorker (a very short article for them, by the way). I wrote this, after all. However, I believe that it’s important that Christians learn to engage the opinions and perspectives of those who disagree with us. Jia Tolentino believes that Vice President Mike Pence’s rule about not dining alone with women who are not his wife is detrimental to the advancement of women. Well, and saying something that I should have said in my Pence article (linked above), the pursuit of holiness is never to be subjugated to the career and/or social goals of others. Granted, unbelievers are going to find that statement appalling. So be it. https://adayinhiscourt.com/2017/03/31/vice-president-mike-pence-finds-himself-publicly-shamed-for-pursuing-holiness/



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