Weekly (or so) Picks
…where the internet puts its best face forward.
Our friend Adam mines John Owen for a healthy corrective to reading the covenants in Scripture in light of ancient Eastern covenants (instead of, um, the other way around).
Andrew Peterson is one of our favorite songwriters and authors. His reflections about going on tour with Steven Curtis Chapman shed kind light on that more famous musician. Well worth reading.
Justin Taylor passes along a simple, clear and beautiful testimony from Wayne Grudem about what loving headship and intelligent submission within a marriage really looks like.
Every time I read a post from Ed Welch, I do two things: I thank God for it and then wish that everyone I know would read it. Here’s another helpful reflection on “When God is Irrelevant.”
This was passed on from a friend in church about the “Kony 2012” movement. It’s some helpful and thoughtful reflections from doctors working in Africa with some of the affected children. (As a side note: the whole movement is very interesting–not just the righteous concern for justice but for the new ways that social media is shaping our response. I think the phenomenon has pointed out how little we/I really know about issues of international justice. Hopefully one result will be young people studying more and not just responding to the best video of the day.)
From Carl Trueman, who hits the nail squarely and forcefully: “Apple’s marketing strategy speaks clearly to and capitalizes on the restlessness of the human heart in the face of fallen human condition. We would rather fall for anything that distracts us from our ultimate mortality – even being ripped off to the tune of large buckets of cash every few months – than face the reality of our own mortal limitations.”