Tag Archives: Friendship

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?

You’re Gonna Wanna Read This! 5/23/18 (Open Letter Edition)

I’m generally not a fan of open letters.  If someone has something to say, just say it to the person you really want to say it to, and leave the rest of us out of it.  However, I happened across an open letter than caught my interest and I read it.  As I was scrolling through the many blogs I’m subscribed to, I found another one that “spoke to me.”  I read it too.  That put me on a mission.  Here you go: Open Letters worthy of your read (or at least, my read).

Lewis Allen offers an open letter to preachers. He makes a great point (not just for pastors/preachers, but for the church as a whole).  Definitely worth the 3 minutes it takes to read.

An Open Letter to the Preacher Writing a Sermon

I am a man who has very few deep friendships. In fact, I have one person that I consider a very close friend.  When I came across this, I found that Drew Hunter gave some pretty good advice about cultivating deeper friendships.  It is worth the time to read, even if you’re not a man and even if you’re fine without the deep friendships.

An Open Letter to the Man Struggling to Form Deep Friendships

Who isn’t frustrated with their sanctification?  That’s like saying, who thinks they should pray more?  Everyone.  David Powlison writes an open letter to those who are frustrated by their sanctification.  I wasn’t sure where he was going with this at first, but he concluded it beautifully.

An Open Letter to Those Frustrated by Their Progress in Sanctification

It is no secret that Depression has been ignored far too long in the Christian community.  Often it is blamed on sin issues, and that is sometimes the issue, but there are definitely other issues as well.  When the Fall occurred, everything fell: both body and soul.  That means that just as the body can become worn or weary, so can the mind.  Shonna Murray wrote an open letter to those suffering with depression in which she gives some good advice.  She is writing as one who has suffered with it herself.

An Open Letter to Those Suffering from Depression

David Powlison also wrote an open letter to the suffering Christian.  It is short, but full of truth.

An Open Letter to the Suffering Christian