This week: the benefits of a home library, James Madison's nightmare, passive-aggressive conflicts, 10 things about the New Covenant, biography videos, and more!
My Holiday in Afghanistan With the Mujahideen - "John's diary documents his travels around Peshawar, in Pakistan, where Rahmatullah had a house, and across the border into Afghanistan, to near the city of Gardez, the capital of Paktia Province."
America is Living James Madison's Nightmare - "To prevent factions from distorting public policy and threatening liberty, Madison resolved to exclude the people from a direct role in government."
Home Libraries Confer Long-Term Benefits - "Adolescent exposure to books is an integral part of social practices that foster long-term cognitive competencies"
Terrorists Vows to Keep Christian Schoolgirl a 'Slave for Life' - "Last week, a group of Islamic terrorists executed Hauwa Leman, a 24-year-old aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and vowed to make Sharibu a 'slave for life.'"
Kavanaugh Accuser Accuser for Criminal Probe - "U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley on Thursday sought a federal probe of Julie Swetnick, who accused Brett Kavanaugh of aggressive sexual behavior before his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, and her lawyer Michael Avenatti."
Beware Theological Dangers on Both Left and Right - "A faithful ministry encourages and warns, strengthens and refutes, builds up and tears down."
10 Things You Should Know About The New Covenant - "But what need is there for a New Covenant between God and his people? Why wasn’t the Mosaic Covenant good enough for all people and for all time?"
Women, We Need His Word - "We need God’s word more than we need food. We are strengthened by it. We are equipped for every good work through it. We can trust that where God sends out his word in our lives, it will not return to him void."
Supernatural Striving - "Apart from conscious, consistent, concentrated reliance on the power of God that raised Jesus from the dead, burnout is a sure thing."
An Interview with Dr. Stephen Wellum - "Yet, as noted above, it is at this point that postmodernism and the gospel most directly clash. If the gospel is anything, it is a glorious message that is rooted in an incredible claim to be the Truth."
The Good We Never Ask For - "We Christians will be delivered from eternal misery. But God never says we’ll avoid hardships now."
Lord, Deliver Us From Passive-Aggressive Conflicts - "There is good news, however. Dealing with elephants in the room transforms immature behaviors into critical discipleship moments for your team—opportunities to build a healthy culture."
Reading Exodus Redemptively (Theocast) - How should the Exodus story influence our reading of the Bible?
The Briefing (Friday) - It's hard to hate up close... Al Mohler discusses the partisan divide and how the mainstream media is reporting it, entertainment, stories we tell our children, morality and beauty in Disney princesses.
Who is the "Son of Man"? (The Bible Project) - The Bible Project now has a podcast! Check it out.
How to Lead a Church to a Healthy View of Church Membership (Revitalize and Replant) - Practical tips for helping build a healthy view of church membership. A helpful discussion.
How to Make Time for What Matters Every Day (The Art of Manliness) - Do your days seem like a continuous blur of busyness, and yet you don’t seem to get much done, nor remember much about how you spent your time?
Biography Lectures and Videos - Spurgeon, Packer, Newton, Lloyd-Jones, and more.
Jon is husband to Carlee, Papa to Finleigh and Ainsley, a pastor at Arbor Drive Community Church in York, Ne, and co-host of The Pastor Discussions Podcast