It is so critical that we continue to develop right thinking amidst our sinful world. I’m so thankful for the godly men and women who are diligently addressing the relevant cultural issues. In the past couple of days I’ve encountered a few articles that I believe are worth sharing. Excerpts from each article are posted below with links to the full articles. I hope you’ll take the time to read and enjoy as you strive to continue to develop right thinking.
“For the past eight years, I’ve had the privilege of writing two books and hundreds of articles and blog posts for women, which then led to numerous speaking engagements. Right from the start, I noticed a trend at each event, whether in the U.S. or abroad. Invariably, one woman would wait to talk to me until the bitter end, because she wanted to confess something that made her feel doubly shameful. She wanted to talk about her lust and sexual sin, a struggle she was sure was hers alone among the women in church.
How did these women arrive at this conclusion? Because for years most churches herded the men off to talk about lust, while gathering the women to discuss modesty. While those are valid and much needed messages, they are incomplete for the culture in which we now live.”
“Our culture frequently throws up horrifying excuses that what a man does in the privacy of his own bedroom, the images that play through his mind, and so on are really none of anyone else’s business. What two consenting adults do in the privacy of their homes, on their own time whether in person or through various forms of media is no one else’s business. Those actions, it is claimed, are not hurting anyone, and so on. To say that porn addicts will go to Hell seems kind of extreme. To say that guys who have hooked up with a string of women will go to Hell seems over the top. To say that a guy that moves in with his girlfriend might end up burning in Hell forever seems extremely presumptuous, not to mention old fashioned. Why rain on someone else’s parade?”
“It has been five years since Christianity Today published Collin Hansen’s article titled “Young, Restless, Reformed.” Hansen later expanded the article into a book with the same title (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008). He has carefully documented a very encouraging trend: large numbers of young people (college age and younger) are discovering the doctrines of grace, embracing a more biblical and Christ-centered worldview, and beginning to delve more deeply into serious theology than most 20th-century evangelicals were prone to do.”
“We shouldn’t brag about our Bible study, prayer, evangelism, parenting, or giving, but neither should we cover it up. It’s easier for people to follow footprints (what we do) than commands (what we say). If we aren’t willing to openly and humbly discuss our giving, how can we expect to raise up givers? The church has plenty of examples of consumers—we need to see examples of givers. Hebrews 10:24 tells us to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” We can only be spurred on by what we can see.”
“First, a woman who fears the Lord is not anxious about the future. Look at verse 25. I love this line, and I praise all you women who are like this: “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” Satan dangles in front of her the specter of tomorrow’s troubles, but she glances up at the almighty God at her right hand (her magnificent German Shepherd!) and laughs at Satan’s folly.”
“My friend from seminary went back to school because of this book. He decided he didn’t want to waste the last years of his life. He was 64– in Hebrew class with 22 and 23 year-olds.”