Stuff to look at – December 2013

Here are the links I shared in December 2013. Happy new year!

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Stuff to look at Sepember 2012 to May 2013 – part 1

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. Continue reading

On Welfare and Christianity: Our duty – Part 3

This is part three of three. The first post talked about the issue, the second about the Gospel.

I’m afraid I’m not going to write this post anymore. I think I’ve left it too long. So, to conclude the others, I’ll leave you with this post, which I encourage you to read and consider:

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Prov. 12:18 NIV) I read a lot of ‘reckless words’ on Facebook – from Christians, I mean. A spouse will post something that may seem innocent on one level, but in actuality can’t help but embarrass their partner. A church member will gossip about a situation, using inflammatory language that simultaneously indicates they do not have a firm grasp on the actual facts, and, perhaps most common of all, personally insulting attacks on political leaders of the opposite party and perspective (defying Paul’s teaching in Titus 3:1-4).

It is bad enough when you gossip or slander or lie in a room or a hallway or at a restaurant table with only another person or two around, but with a medium like Facebook these sins of speech go global. And make no mistake, that’s just what they are – sins of “speech” – even if the speech takes the form of a Facebook update, a blogpost or a ‘tweet.’

Think and pray on speaking with loving grace, people. God knows we need help. He will help you to change.