Glory Gluttons--Jen Smidt writes about the tendency to become a "glory glutton" seeking the praise and approval of man. She shares, "I was born a glory glutton. I have always had an uncanny ability to make everything about me. As a young girl, I dreamt up elaborate schemes that every conversation my parents had with me, each other or even on the phone was all a grand plan to lavish blessing upon me. I was truly obsessed with the thought that I was at the center of the world, grasping and grabbing for attention wherever I could get it. During that same time period, to add confusion to my already sinful heart, I was getting attention from a man that I didn't want. Sexual knowledge, forbidden touch and the awareness of how my body worked was stirred in me far too young." Read the rest here.
Packer's Knowing God for free--Christian audio often has free downloads. This month, it is J.I. Packer's Knowing God. This is a very important book and worth the time to take it in. Packer is often a dense writer, but wrestling through what he writes is time well spent. (HT: Challies).
I deserve nothing--Ligonier just posted their "best of 2011" blog posts. Sinclair Ferguson's post on "Deserving Nothing", taken from his book By Grace Alone is worth the read. He begins, "Religious people are always profoundly disturbed when they discover
that they are not, and never have been, true Christians. Does all of
their religion count for nothing? Those hours in church, hours spent
doing good things, hours involved in religious activity—do they not
count for something in the presence of God? Do they not enable me to
say: 'Look at what I have done. Don’t I deserve heaven?' Sadly, thinking that I deserve heaven is a sure sign I have no understanding of the gospel."
Challies on Real Marriage--One of the most popular Christian bloggers and book reviewers (Tim Challies) reviews a book by one of the most popular Christian pastors (Mark Driscoll) on one of the most popular topics (marriage). If you want to read this book, it is worth reading the review as well.