An Imperfect Guy Can't Demand Something That He Can't Give--I really liked this article from Boundless. The author rightly argues that men must fight the tendency to expect perfection from future spouses. The author writes, "I was like a lot of single, Christian guys. I just wanted to follow God's will in finding a wife — that's all — oh yeah, and I also wanted a modest version of the Cosmo girl. And, well, I didn't want her to be too needy. Oh, and she also needed to be smart — really smart — but not, like, so smart that she made me feel stupid. And, of course, she needed to be spiritually mature (you know, like me). And one more thing: I wanted her to have a cool and fun personality (whatever that meant)."
Calvinism is the Natural Reflex of the New Man in Christ--Erik Raymond shares some thoughts from the perennially wise JI Packer, the elder statesman of evangelical theology, about Calvinism. Packer writes, "The Calvinist is the Christian who confesses before men in his theology
just what he believes in his heart before God when he prays. He thinks
and speaks at all times of the sovereign grace of God in the way that
every Christian does when he pleads for the souls of others, or when he
obeys the impulse of worship which rises unbidden within him, prompting
him to deny himself all praise and to give all the glory of his
salvation to his Savior." The whole thing is worth considering.
A True Christian Apologetic-I love the field of apologetics. I think Christianity is robustly defensible over and above all other worldviews. I believe that Christianity is a true contender in the marketplace of ideas, as Greg Koukl likes to say. However, as this article points out, a true Christian apologetic must be grounded in love. All the philosophical proofs for the existence of God are meaningless if not grounded in love (1 Corinthians 13:1-2). It is interesting that this article cites Francis Schaeffer, who was in my opinion one of the greatest Christian apologists of the last century, but he was deeply grounded in love and respect for the people he interacted with.