One of the Most Misused Verses in the Bible--Nathan Busenitz at Cripplegate writes about Philippians 4:13, which says, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." My kid has it on one of his t-shirts. It is seemingly everywhere. Busenitz writes, "Out of context, Philippians 4:13 is used as a blank-check promise for whatever is desired. But in context, it is a verse is about contentment. It’s not about your dreams coming true or your goals being met. Rather it’s about being joyful, satisfied, and steadfast even when life is hard and your circumstances seem impossible.
"You see, this verse is not about winning the football game; it’s
about how you respond when you lose the football game, or get injured
for the season, or fail to make the team altogether. It’s not about
getting that new job, that new house, or that new outfit; it’s about
finding your satisfaction in the job you already have, in the house you
already own, and in the wardrobe already hanging in your closet.
"This is not a verse about being empowered to change your
circumstances; rather, it is a verse about relying on God’s power in
order to be content in the midst of circumstances you can’t change."
What does Sola Fide Mean for Us?--Michael Patton writes about the doctrine of justification by faith alone. He writes, "I agree with Martin Luther. Yes, it [sola fide] does mean we can do whatever we
please. But if we have truly turned to Christ in faith, our pleasures
will change. Some faster than others. Some more definitive than others.
It does not mean that we will not be in a battle with the flesh for the
rest of our lives. It does not mean that we won’t lose the battle with
the flesh from time to time. Heck, I would be willing to say (from
personal experience) it does not even mean that we won’t lose the battle
with the flesh more often than not. What it means is that we actually desire the flesh to lose."
Children of Privilege in an Age of Peril--Owen Strachan interacts with a New York Magazine article regarding the millennial generation. He discusses the unrealistic vocational expectations held by many of America's current young people. This essay also highlights my concern that too many parents are not actively guiding their children's educational decisions based upon real world economics. Encouraging your child to take out an $80,000 loan to get a bachelor's degree in British literature is simply unwise.
More Halloween Advice--Jeff Vanderstelt writes more about being on mission for Halloween. Although he had numerous suggestions, this was one of my favorites: "Think of the Parents. Consider having some Hot Apple Cider and pumpkin
bread or muffins out for the parents who are bringing their little
kiddos around the block. Make your entry-way inviting so they want to
come closer and hang for a bit if possible."
Al Mohler on Joel Osteen on Mormonism--Joel Osteen has come out publicly claiming that Mormons are Christians (they aren't). Al Mohler offers a necessary critique of the pastor of the largest church in America.
"You want to rage, but there is no object for your anger. There is no wall to punch. Because above you and them is 'only sky.' You want to rail against God, but He is not there. But that means He didn't do it. So
who did? There is no who. Only sky above us and only dirt below. In
short, you have no right to exhibit the slightest bit of indignation
over 'the neglect' that is being shown to these particular end products
of mindless evolution. There is no neglect. Nature eats her own and will
do so until every last sun has gone out. Deal with it"-Doug Wilson, Letter from a Christian Citizen