You’re Gonna Wanna Read This! 8/9/18

Winfree Brisley reviews the book: Why Can’t We Be Friends: Avoidance is Not Purity which deals with the male/female friendship issue in the church.  While I have not read the book, written by Aimee Byrd, I do think Brisley gives a review with which I can agree.  That may sound hypocritical or prejudice, and perhaps it is.  Perhaps in the near future, I might be able to read the book myself and form my own opinions.

Can’t men and Women Be Friends?

Jen Wilken gives some helpful advice on what it looks like to be free from sin in this lifetime.  This is both a short read and a short video (take your pick).

What Freedom From Sin Looks Like in this Life

Howard Thurston.  Don’t know about him?  Neither did I.  He was the world greatest magician back at the turn of the 20th century.  Unfortunately, we remember more about Houdini than Thurston.  I have to be honest, my first thought was “Gilligan’s Island” and later realized that was Thurston Howell, not Howard Thurston.  A great article (with videos of his magic tricks) by the Smithsonian Magazine.

Howard Thurston, the Magician Who Disappeared

Derek Thomas writes on the “Bored Generation” that has all this entertainment at their fingertips and yet still says there is nothing to do.  On the one hand, I think that Thomas is being a bit tongue and cheek with his solution, but on the other hand, I think he may be on to something.

A Bored Generation?

Marshal Segal asks us what we are feeding our eye.  In today’s culture, it’s easy to think that he’s talking about pornography.  It seems to saturate all of life, but:

For some, tragically, it is pornography. For others, it’s something less salacious, like sports scores or news headlines. For others, Instagram or Facebook. For still others, it’s Amazon or Target, YouTube or Netflix. Just because something isn’t inherently bad, doesn’t mean it can’t fill our eyes so full as to crowd out the one who matters most. That’s what darkened eyes are: eyes so full of something other than Christ that they can no longer see him and enjoy him.

What Do You Feed Your Eyes?

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