So if you’re my friend on Facebook you’ll know that I post stacks and stacks of links. These are blogs posts, videos I find interesting, news stories, funny pictures… really, anything. But links frequently get lost in the maelstrom that is the Facebook news feed, so I’m going to put all of my posts from the last – well, however long I want, in this blog post. Which will just be another link I post on Facebook (lol, the irony!). This is the first of these posts. I’m not sure how many there will be.
There are stacks of links in this post. For your sanity, I’ve divided them into categories of Blog Posts, Videos, News and Other, and sub-categories of Christian and Secular. I may break it into topics, also.
- The balancing act. “One of the biggest struggles for many Christians is balancing the demands of work, family and ministry. It can seem impossible to balance the pressures of all three. The common and tempting solution is to simply neglect, or at least accept mediocrity, in one or even two of these areas of our lives.”
- A conversation about the law between Kevin DeYoung and the Westminster Confession of Faith.
- Desecration and Titillation. Are you willing to go to hell for the sin you love?
- Forgive Us These Faults: Tim Keller talks about sins we excuse.
- How do I respond with grace and truth if I’m invited to a gay wedding? Randy Alcorn says “Of course we’re to speak the truth in love and share grace with people. But I do think there is a time to say, ‘You know what? In the name of love, I can’t make the statement that I approve of this by attending.'”
- How Far Is Too Far? “Everyone has had to ask or answer the question at one time or another: When it comes to the physical component of a dating relationship, how far is too far? Can we hold hands? Can we kiss? Can we do a little bit more than kiss? Should we even explore the physical relationship a little bit to ensure we are compatible?”
- The not-so-lost art of Pharisee making.
- Real Purity: “When most of us hear the word purity our minds automatically think of abstinence or virginity, but purity is far greater than the two. A person can be a virgin and still not be pure. A person can be married and never have an affair but still not be pure. On the other hand, a person can be pure even with a sexually promiscuous past. Purity is not just saying no to sex before marriage. Purity is not just saying yes to sex in marriage. Purity is saying yes to godliness.”
- When we hate what we love.
- Will I Rejoice In That Day? Thoughts from Tim Challies about the sovereignty of God.
- “3 Things things I wish I knew before we got married”.
- 4 Warning Signs You May Be Wandering from the Truth.
- An interview with Paul about God’s plan for our lives.
- The irrationality of Calvinism.
- A Knight in Shining Blubber, a discussion of the “whale” who swallowed Jonah.
- My wife is not wild enough (in bed). “The idea that your wife doesn’t measure up is coming at the situation from the wrong direction. Demanding performance or being unsatisfied with your wife based on the influence of fantasy or Hollywood is just not fair. It would be like your boss fantasizing about the perfect worker and making those performance demands on you. How would that feel to you? Let that sink in.”
- What’s the Difference Between Erotica and Song of Solomon?
- Will God answer my prayers? “I am sure God answers our prayers, including for you. But whether he does what we want is another question. I know that a dad does not always give their kids lollies every time the kids ask, because even though it’s what the kids want, the dad knows it’s not good for them to eat too many lollies too often.”
- Debatable: Why are there Calvinist Baptists but no Lutheran Baptists?
- A hundredfold, thoughts from Sam Allberry on talking to his homosexual friend about Jesus.
- The Toughest Conversation I’m Glad I Had, thoughts from Garrett Kell on telling his grandfather about Jesus.
- Jason Collins is Gay, but is Chris Broussard a Bigot?. “[Recently], Jason Collins became the first male athlete in one of the four major male sports to come out as gay. But headlines praising this move were overshadowed by news that ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard believes that practicing the homosexual lifestyle is a sin.”
- Four little routines to grow kids in godliness as suggested by the Growing Faith people.
- Not everyone celebrates on Mothers’ Day.
- Why Have Babies? “You may think your reasons for having babies are biblical, but if you’re like me, you’ve absorbed a lot more culture and a lot less Bible than you realise.” This article is a little iffy, but raises some good points.
- The Circle Maker is a current Christian bestseller on prayer. Tim Challies says that there are many, many better books.
- How to win your city: An exegesis of Daniel.
- Fred Nile gets my vote (on Q&A at least). Nathan Campbell thought Q&A on 27 May was going to be a trainwreck. “The Christian panellist, Christian Democrat MP from New South Wales, Fred Nile, isn’t exactly presented in the media as being moderate and nuanced. Lawrence Krauss went toe-to-toe with John Dickson – one of Australia’s most impressive Christian thinkers, and while it was a bit of an agree fest, Krauss showed he was capable of being winsome and engaging. And he was back. The rest of the panel were window dressing for this fight – former British Anglican Bishop, the openly gay Gene Robinson was on as something like the middle ground between the two, and there were a couple of Australian pollies – Amanda Vanstone and Susan Ryan.”
- How to Survive a Cultural Crisis. Mark Dever: “It’s easy to feel like we’ve become the new “moral outlaws,” to use Al Mohler’s phrase. Standing up for historic Christian principles will increasingly get you in trouble socially and maybe economically, perhaps one day also criminally. It’s ironic that Christians are told not to impose their views on others, even as the threat of job loss or other penalties loom over Christians for not toeing the new party line.”
- Opposing euthanasia, from the Briefing.
- When You’re in the Crosshairs of Anxiety: “When you’re in the crosshairs of anxiety, get alone with God, read aloud his promises of salvation—which are more certain than the breath that we breathe—and, as you cast your cares upon him, may the peace of Christ be yours.”
- Busyness is not a virtue.
- Free speech, vilification and power. A speech from the 2013 PEN Free Voices lecture series. I have yet to read this. If you do, let me know what you think!
- Hyperbole and a half’s Allie talks about depression. It’s super effective.
- Why Doesn’t She Want To Have Sex With Me After The Baby? “Its [sic] no secret – after having a baby, the frequency at which couples have sex usually takes a huge dive, and the reasons for this are many and varied. Every woman (as well as her birth and parenting experience) is unique, as are the reasons for her not feeling in the mood for sex after she’s had a baby.”
- “Showcase the Gospel in Living Color follows the Chen couple as they meet their adopted son, Jacob, for the first time.” A beautiful video.
- The Story of Calvinsim – a history of Calvinism by Phil Johnson.
- Wretched: Joel Osteen waffles. (Surprise, surprise) Joel Osteen doesn’t think that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.
- Break up at Ikea without interrupting your shopping experience, a funny fake ad.
- Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines is a documentary about vaccination. It’s totally biased pro, but it doesn’t shy away from the bad side of vaccines. Highly, highly recommended.
- Count your blessings: a religious America. “In the US, where almost everyone believes in God, you truly see the best and worst of Christianity. But Rodney Stark’s work suggests the impact of this religiosity is overwhelmingly positive, writes Simon Smart.”
- Will Chris Broussard Become a Martyr of the Media? “You knew it was going to happen sooner or later. An athlete in a major pro sport would come out as gay, declaring himself a Christian as well, and a Christian journalist would be asked for his take on the subject, only to be labeled intolerant and bigoted. How could it be otherwise?”
- Is modern parenting creating wimps?
- Is Piracy Just a Game? You know the games you like playing? Downloading them illegally will cause them to disappear.
- Legionnaires Disease. Related: A Brisbane Times article about the outbreak at the Wesley Hospital.
- Things you shouldn’t say to a childless woman.
- Tony Abbott’s 12 biggest budget reply porkie pies.
- Why Beyonce is not a role model.
- Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes: “For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.”
- Why you actually can’t multitask.
- 6 myths about vaccination and why they’re wrong.
- The Atheist Elephant.
- Atheist Garage. A comic showing the silliness of the atheist argument.
- A Knock At The Door. A comic showing this artist’s visit from a couple Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- A possible explanation for Pope declaring everyone redeemed.
- Progressive sexuality. A comic showing that modern sexuality isn’t as progressive as we think it is.
- Proof God exists.
- R C Sproul’s Crucial Questions series is now free as an eBook or Kindle book.
- The Story of the Wordless Book.
- The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield: A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy.
- A freaky map that shows the impact of a nuclear strike.
- Hilarious Tumblr about studying at QUT.
- This Is What a Homebirth Looks Like: a series of (non-explicit) photos of a woman’s homebirth.
- You’re really very rich.