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There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

Archive for July, 2008

Not ex nihilo, but ex meditatio

Some eschew culture as best they can.  Some adopt it wholesale.  Some seek to overhaul the culture. Some take a more considered approach to what of culture they partake in and what of culture they avoid.

What about “making culture” as a perhaps better approach for Christians in their attempt to live “in,” but not “of” the world?

Andy Crouch has a new book, just released this week, entitled, “Making Culture.”

Here’s the website.  For those of you who have grown tired either of trying to keep up with the culture, outstrip the culture, or give into the culture, making culture as Crouch defines it is perhaps in order.

God alone makes things from nothing; but He has created us with a capacity to create at least out of a meditative musing on what is good, excellent, praiseworthy, and enduring.

technology and its potential depredations on the soul

Vern Poythress:

A capable cell phone today has more computing power than the computer that took the Apollo astronauts to the moon. It gives instant access not only to your friends’ voices but to all the information on the internet. Are you keeping up or falling behind in the race for the latest electronic fashions? Read the rest of this entry »

Siberian Summertime

Here’s the latest from Siberia and some of our friends there.

what do you do with those not like you?

From the oft-cited site, Between Two Worlds:

 

Tullian has an excellent blog post here, excerpted from the book he’s working on (Unfashionable). Here’s a part of his post:

There’s a major difference between having a tribal mindset and a missionary mindset. The highest value of a tribally minded person is self-protection. They ask questions like: Since I feel the safest around those who are just like me, how can I protect myself from those who are different than I am? So they intentionally surround themselves with people who think the way they think, like the things they like, and despise the things they despise. As a result, they live with a sense of superiority, looking down on those who are not like them (for half my life I was convinced that surfers like me were far cooler than anyone on the face of this earth).In contrast to a tribal minded person, the highest value of a missionary minded person is not self-protection but self-sacrifice. A missionary minded person is a person that exists, not primarily for himself but for others. She is a person that is willing to set aside personal preferences in service to those whose preferences are different than hers. Missionaries are people who are willing to be inconvenienced, discomforted, and spent for the well-being of others. The Gospel of Jesus Christ demands that we be missionary minded, because the gospel is the story of God sacrificing himself for others.

my, how things have….changed?

At least by this account, the long lost days of marital fidelity may be more legend than history.  Here’s a look  at how singleness, courtship, and marriage operated in the Colonial days of America.

compatibility in a different sense

Maureen Dowd has in recent years been quite the object of criticism for her explorations of the male sex,but this just came across my inbox (HT: Kirk DeBoer): an op-ed piece on what constitutes the kind of person suitable for marriage.

Last Sunday we began to discuss how compatibility should enter into one’s thinking about whom to marry. Read the rest of this entry »

what do you do when you sin?

so how do you respond when you know that you’ve sinned? Despair? Denial?

Here’s Paul Tripp’s notions:

Between Two Worlds: Paul Tripp, “Whiter Than Snow”

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