There has been some excellent content as of late. Stuff that I’ve filed away in Evernote, for review later, or words that have caused me to rethink things–sentences that have challenged me, convicted me, pushed me.
I thought that, tonight, I’d share a few items that have caught my attention over the last few weeks:
From The Gospel Coalition: Don’t Give them Hallmark Platitudes
Yes. Platitudes and Hallmark cards and cliches—these are the things that do not bring hope, or comfort, even, to those in the throes of despair. No, what people need, in their darkest moments, is Habakkuk. The truth of it. The author, Eric Raymond, lays out a roadmap that ends in salvation. Yes, salvation of the soul, but I would also say salvation of the mind. Habakkuk is a huge book for me; one I return to regularly, for all the reasons that Raymond lists.
From Lore Ferguson: Good Shepherds and the Good Shepherd
I like reading what Lore writes. She has a way of crafting words, that causes them to sink deep. In this post, Lore examines shepherding–what that looks like, and what it should look like for those who shepherd congregations. No, I am not a pastor, per se, but her words struck a chord as the head of my household, with the responsibility of shepherding my crew well. Important stuff.
From John Piper and DesiringGod.org: When Should We Pray for God to Take Us Home?
Piper’s words here cut a deep trench. All of them, but particularly the 5th paragraph down.
All who wander are not lost….
You would think that, with as much as I have traveled lately for work, that I wouldn’t want to travel any. And, there is truth in that–travel messes me up. I am gone again next week, and already dreading it. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the travel–exploring, experiencing new things, seeing new sights, meeting new people, eating new foods. Here are two articles that have me wanting to pack my backpack:
Train Ride Across America: Across the USA by Train for Just $213
So, how cool would that be? My kids have done this–they traveled from Virginia to Seattle last summer, via train, and then flew home. I’m seriously considering this, for next year. I would use it to spend a week or so seeing the country, while also using it for concentrated writing time. Amtrak even has a writing internship where they give free tickets to writers to travel the rails and spend time at their craft. I would never be chosen, but goodness, that would be the darn coolest thing.
Antarctica: How to Survive Winter in Antarctica
This isn’t a new article, but it is one that I recently dug back up to re-read. I want to do this. I want to hole up, in Antarctica, for a winter, and see the stars and the Aurora Borealis and hibernate in isolation.
I’m not sure what the title of the sermon was, but this sermon on Marriage, by our pastor, Michael Howard, was tremendous. Best sermon I have ever heard, on the subject. It was so hard to listen to, but also so important. I wish I could get everyone I know–married, single, widowed, young, old–to listen to this sermon. You can find the link here: Seaford Baptist Church
Also, this on Psalm 22: Why Doesn’t God Act the Way I Want Him To? contains solid words that remind us who God is–and the hope we can find when we approach God respectfully, but unfiltered and in complete honesty.
Upcoming Books of Note
I have two pre-ordered books that will be arriving soon. Very much looking forward to both:
The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms by Timothy Keller
Music of Note
Here are some tunes I’ve come across, that I’ve enjoyed lately:
Not my usual style, but I’m quite taken with this song:
There is a far, far kingdom
There at the end of the sea
Where they know my name
And until that far, far kingdom
Calls me home
Oh, my soul, I will wait
Sovereign Grace’s newest album dropped this week. There were only a couple of tracks on it, that really caught my attention. The song Undone is one of them, and may be something I introduce my church to in November:
We were ruined in Your presence
And tearing at the seams
Our eyes had gazed upon the King of kings
The other was their take on the hymn “Blessed Assurance”….it’s just pure joy to sing loudly to.
I’ve not had any time for TV late–which is fine for me; I pretty much find TV to be a complete waste of time–but I have been to a couple of excellent movies. One of note is Everest. I saw it last weekend with my boy. I had read Jon Krakauer’s book “Into Thin Air” several years ago, so it was interesting to see it on the screen. Good grief, Everest is beautiful. Someday, I will go to Nepal.
Tonight I’m going to see The Martian. I almost picked up the book that it is based on in an airport bookstore this past summer, but didn’t. Maybe I still will….
Johnny Cash–I so love to listen to Johnny Cash. If you have access to CMT, there was a great documentary a few weeks ago–it was so, so good. You wouldn’t think that a documentary about a rebellious and broken soul would move a person to worship, but this did. You may be able to access the show here: Johnny Cash: American Rebel
I needed a new pair of winter boots. So, I got these. I love them. But they have a heel, so I’ll probably fall.
Oh well, I’ll look good, as I crash into the ground.