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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

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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.

Siberian Summertime

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

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 »

west and east

If ever you think of the Gospel as a “western” phenomenon,

or if you find yourself a bit confused on what it means to “follow in His steps” (I Pet 2:21). . .

have a look here.  

(HT: Robert Bobo)

the beautiful counter-intuitiveness of the gospel

the most expensive expression of forgiveness continues to put and end to a devastating cycle of violence and retribution.  Where does one gather the resources to be able to forgive without simply denying the pain of what’s been lost?  Read here.