Christopher Hitchens is dead--One of the more outspoken rhetoricians of the New Atheist movements, Christopher Hitchens has died. The author of the book God is Not Great, he had developed a reputation for his outspoken criticisms of Christianity and other religious systems. From what I had seen and read of him, he seemed a good deal more likeable than fellow New Atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. Doug Wilson, who engaged him in a series of online debates as well as the documetary Collision wrote an obituary for Christianity Today. I commend it to you. His death was also discussed by Stand to Reason, Denny Burk, and Justin Taylor (which features a video clip from Collision).
Why am I still struggling?--Elyse Fitzpatrick writes a great essay addressing this question. I definitely relate to her question at times. I wonder to myself, "am I really saved?" or "how come my friends seem to have conquered this sin and I haven't?" It is very easy to fall into a moralistic mindset that says God likes me better when I work hard for him. But if I am justified, by his grace, he will complete the work he started. Phillipians 1:6 says, "he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion." If you are plagued with this question, as I often am, rest in the Lord.
5 lessons in breaking an addiction to porn--James Cordrey writes of the lessons he learned while breaking his addiction to pornography. He writes, "At one point in college I confided in a leader of my campus ministry
that one of my goals for the school year was to experience victory over
lust and masturbation. His response was: 'It’ll never happen.' I realize
now that I made a horrible agreement with that lie back in college and I
lived under it for a long, long time." I pray that we never adopt that mentality.