Gold Star Friday

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  (Philippians 4:8)

From the Book Pile

Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church, by Anthony Esolen.  Esolen is one of my favorite writers, and I have enjoyed his selection of hymns with commentary.  We just started attending a church that sings hymns and psalms.  Although it has been an adjustment, we find that hymns are very spiritually nourishing.  This is a great book to use for personal or family devotions, especially if you play the hymns afterwards.

Christianity and Wokeness by Owen Strachan.  This is an excellent book, very logical and well-reasoned.  Christians often do not realize that they have adopted worldly systems of thinking like CRT.  It’s a kind of spiritual blindness.  Anyone who reads this book (or Fault Lines by Voddie Baucham) will be well-equipped to “take every thought captive.”

Links to Lift Your Thoughts

When God doesn’t answer the way we want: https://equip.sbts.edu/article/what-should-we-make-of-unanswered-prayers/ ; related:  https://rejoicingwiththetruth.com/why-does-god-allow-the-righteous-to-suffer/

Why do our children leave the faith?  https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/jared-c-wilson/how-to-disciple-your-kids-into-church-dropout-status/

Encouragement to fight the good fight against sin:  https://barbaraleeharper.com/2021/07/25/battling-anger-frustration-and-impatience/; related:  https://www.str.org/w/what-motivates-sin-and-how-to-fight-it-

FOR MORE INFORMATION…

For my books, see: I Will Meditate on Your Precepts (Psalm 119) and The Passion of Job

For my articles, see: The Federalist,  The Gospel CoalitionThe Everyman, and Servants of Grace.  New articles coming soon! Finally, if you like fantasy, please support my son, author Zeppy Cheng at his Amazon page and at Dingbat Publishing

Gold Star Friday

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  (Philippians 4:8)

Shameless Promotion

My son Zeppy Cheng has started a Kindle Vella Series called “Grinde Galaxy,” a space fantasy.  Please check it out and give him a thumbs-up if you are so inclined.

Links to Lift Your Thoughts

Vaneetha Risner, one of the best writers on suffering:  https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/delivered-by-affliction

Encouragement for those of us who are older:  https://www.crossway.org/articles/stay-on-missioneven-in-the-later-years/

Just go to church: https://nuakh.wordpress.com/2021/07/19/individualism-goes-deep/

Few things are more tragic than prodigal children.  Here is hope:  https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/hope-when-your-children-stray/

Links to Make Your Head Explode

Joy Pullman on the expanded Child Tax Credit:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/07/20/children-deserve-to-be-born-for-love-not-welfare-payments/

What does the Bible say about micro-aggressions? https://www.christianpost.com/news/solomon-on-micro-aggression-and-cancel-culture.html

Another sign of cultural collapse:  https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/07/the-illusion-of-porn-literacy

How can we reclaim the Christian household?  https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/a-place-to-eat-sleep-and-watch  I recommend C. R. Wiley’s book “The Household and the War for the Cosmos,” referenced in the article by Greg Morse.

FOR MORE INFORMATION…

For my books, see: I Will Meditate on Your Precepts (Psalm 119) and The Passion of Job

For my articles, see: The Federalist,  The Gospel CoalitionThe Everyman, and Servants of Grace.  New articles coming soon!

Finally, if you like fantasy, please support Zeppy at his Amazon page and at Dingbat Publishing

Gold Star Friday

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  (Philippians 4:8)

Links to Lift Your Thoughts

We need to talk more about our sin and God’s holiness: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/losing-virtue/

For women who struggle to balance work and family life:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/07/12/yes-a-family-competes-with-womens-careers-but-family-matters-more/

Links to Make Your Head Explode

CRT in academia, how it hurts those it is supposed to help:  https://quillette.com/2021/07/07/how-all-my-politically-correct-bones-were-broken/

For believers who are reluctant to engage CRT : https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thoughtlife/2021/07/is-opposing-wokeness-a-distraction-from-the-gospel-5-objections-to-unwoke-theology/.  I am looking forward to Owen Strachan’s new book on Christianity and Wokeness.

Ann Coulter:  https://townhall.com/columnists/anncoulter/2021/07/14/critical-race-theory-is-a-complex–oh-who-are-we-kidding-n2592557  Coulter can be overly bombastic, but in this case I think she is correct.

Joy Pullman, on why there is no neutral ground:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/07/15/why-aw-shucks-conservatism-utterly-disqualifies-any-gop-politician/

Brief Commentary

Although I write for the Gospel Coalition, I think they try too hard to find common cause with those who support CRT.  For example, this article by George Yancey, professor of sociology at Baylor.  First, Baylor is all in on CRT.  Second, Yancey’s solution to “the racial insanity” is something called “collaborative conversation.”  “Collaborative conversation” may be trendy business-speak, but it is not the gospel.  Not surprisingly, Yancey does not cite a single biblical reference in his article.

What is the biblical solution to “the racial insanity”?  We have to recognize that people of all ethnicities have sinned (Romans 3:23).  And people of all ethnicities can be reconciled to God through the blood of Christ (Revelation 7:9-12).  For the sake of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, each one of us must lay down our hostility, our grievances, our envy, our pride, our selfishness.  And we must extend kindness and forgiveness to each other, in whatever situation we find ourselves, with whoever God puts in our path (Ephesians 2:14, 4:31-32).  Rather than cry and virtue-signal over microaggressions, impersonal systems, statutes, and the acts of our ancestors, let’s do the actual work of becoming more like Christ, individually and corporately.

FOR MORE INFORMATION…

For my books, see: I Will Meditate on Your Precepts (Psalm 119) and The Passion of Job

For my articles, see: The Federalist,  The Gospel CoalitionThe Everyman, and Servants of Grace.  New articles coming soon!

Finally, if you like fantasy, please support my son, author Zeppy Cheng at his Amazon page and at Dingbat Publishing.

Christ Is Calling You [Original Song]

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Lamentations 3 & Matthew 11
by stirfrylaura / performed by Ross King

Take my yoke upon you, learn from me
My heart is meek, and it beats for you
Look to me, and I will bear your grief
I am near to those who wait
I am near to those who wait

When your crooked path is blocked by stone
When bones shatter and flesh wastes away
When lions lie in wait, and hunters bend their bow
Turn your tears to God and pray
Turn your tears to God and pray

Christ is calling you to lay your burden down
He is calling you to rest in him
Christ is calling you to lay your burden down
He is calling you to rest in him

For my love is steadfast, never fails
My mercies new, rising with the sun
My faithfulness is great to those who call my name
I am treasure for your soul
I am treasure for your soul

Christ is calling you to lay your burden down
He is calling you to rest in him
Christ is calling you to lay your burden down
He is calling you to rest in him

Have your wanderings been bitter?  (Come to me)
Is your soul bowed to the dust?  (Come to me)
Have your teeth ground down on gravel?  (Come to me)
Do you hide among the ashes? (Come to me)

For my love is steadfast, never fails
My mercies new, rising with the sun
My faithfulness is great to those who call my name
I am treasure for your soul
I am treasure for your soul

Christ is calling you to lay your burden down
He is calling you to rest in him
Christ is calling you to lay your burden down
He is calling you to rest in him
He is calling you to rest in him

Gold Star Friday

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  (Philippians 4:8)

Links to Lift Your Thoughts

Peter Leithart on the songscape of heaven:  https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/07/heaven-is-a-concert-hall; you can hear Dr. Leithart give the full sermon here

Links to Make Your Head Explode

Jordan Peterson interviews North Korean survivor, Yeonmi Park: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tyranny-slavery-and-columbia-u-yeonmi-park/id1184022695?i=1000523673376.  I read Park’s book, In Order to Live, regarding her escape from starvation and then from slavery.  Peterson’s interview is even better than the book.  Everyone should listen to this interview.

Why Christians cannot be neutral:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/07/07/the-left-wants-you-to-believe-the-bible-is-white-supremacist-so-they-can-force-evolution-down-your-throat/

Joy Pullman:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/07/07/its-critical-race-theory-that-is-un-american-not-laws-banning-it/

We must return to a biblical understanding of marriage and family:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/07/06/the-elite-medias-lingering-blindspot-on-divorce-class-and-family/

FOR MORE INFORMATION…

For my books, see: I Will Meditate on Your Precepts (Psalm 119) and The Passion of Job

For my articles, see: The Federalist,  The Gospel CoalitionThe Everyman, and Servants of Grace.  New articles coming soon!

Finally, if you like fantasy, please support my son, author Zeppy Cheng at his Amazon page and at Dingbat Publishing.

Gold Star Friday

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  (Philippians 4:8)

This week I attended a virtual presentation by the EEOC — a government agency, funded by taxpayers, with enforcement power over American workplaces — on the intersection between AANHPI and LGBTQ+. Yes, they repeated that sequence of alphabet soup many, many times. It was abominable propaganda. I may write about it, once my stomach calms down and my head stops exploding.

Links to Lift Your Thoughts

Vaneetha Risner, one of my favorite authors on faithful suffering:  https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/he-has-not-failed-me-yet

John Piper:  https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/when-jesus-doesnt-seem-gentle

Resources on Critical Race Theory:

Why am I so upset about CRT? CRT is dividing families, churches, educational institutions, and our nation. It is a subtle poison, very difficult to detect until it is too late. May God have mercy on us.

Carl Trueman:  https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/05/critical-psalm-theory

Greg Koukl:  https://www.str.org/w/critical-race-theory-civil-rights-upside-down

Joy Pullman:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/06/21/bill-barr-public-schools-are-becoming-unconstitutional-secular-progressive-madrassas/

Candace Owens on Juneteenth:  https://www.dailywire.com/news/candace-owens-my-juneteenth-tweet-trended-for-three-days-heres-why-im-right

Other links:

John Piper’s take on Pride Month:  https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/a-peculiar-disapproval-of-gay-pride

Them Before Us:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/06/22/abortion-puts-selfish-wants-above-babies-rights-too-often-ivf-does-the-same/

FOR MORE INFORMATION…

For my books, see: I Will Meditate on Your Precepts (Psalm 119) and The Passion of Job

For my articles, see: The Federalist,  The Gospel CoalitionThe Everyman, and Servants of Grace

Finally, if you like fantasy, please support my son, author Zeppy Cheng at his Amazon page and at Dingbat Publishing.

Biden’s DEI Order: Translation from the Woke

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Last Friday, President Biden signed an Executive Order “to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal workforce.”  Characteristically, the summary Fact Sheet contains language designed to camouflage, rather than illuminate, the purpose of the order.  Here is my translation from the Woke.

WH Fact Sheet:  “The initiative will advance opportunity for communities that have historically faced employment discrimination and professional barriers, including: people of color; women; first-generation professionals and immigrants; individuals with disabilities; LGBTQ+ individuals; Americans who live in rural areas; older Americans who face age discrimination when seeking employment; parents and caregivers who face employment barriers; people of faith who require religious accommodations at work; individuals who were formerly incarcerated; and veterans and military spouses.”

Translation:  The Biden Administration stereotypes certain groups as victims and will give them first dibs on federal jobs.  Preferred victim groups include:   people with darker skin (except Candace Owens and Clarence Thomas); women (unless you want to protect babies in the womb); immigrants (as long as you don’t believe in hard work and meritocracy); people with disabilities (subjective psychological disorders preferred); people who flaunt sexual practices forbidden by traditional religion; rural Americans (except for Trump voters); leftist Boomers; moms who have been forced into the workplace and told to like it; adherents of any religion except Christianity; criminals; and the military (again, except for Trump voters).

WH Fact Sheet:  “Directs agencies to seek opportunities to establish or elevate Chief Diversity Officers within their organizations.”

Translation:  Are you fluent in woke propaganda, and nothing else?  Uncle Sam wants you to lead an entire government department!  Apply today!

WH Fact Sheet:  Today’s Executive Order builds on that by directing all Federal agencies to expand the availability of DEIA trainings for their workforce, so that Federal employees are supported in building skillsets to promote respectful and inclusive workplaces and have increased understanding of implicit and unconscious bias.

Translation: Critical Race Theory is back harder than ever, baby!  The feds will spend even more of your tax dollars on racist struggle sessions.

WH Fact Sheet:  The Executive Order directs key agencies to take steps to reduce the reliance on unpaid internships, fellowships, and apprenticeships to ensure that more Americans can take advantage of these opportunities.

Translation:  So many victim groups, so few jobs.  But that’s OK, the feds can just pay people for doing nothing!  While they undergo race re-education, of course.

WH Fact Sheet:  Many workers continue to face racial and gender pay gaps, and pay inequity disproportionately affects women of color.  The Order directs the Office of Personnel Management to review Government-wide regulations and guidance that set pay and wage standards for public servants… [and] to consider taking steps to prohibit agencies from seeking or relying on an applicant’s salary history during the hiring process and compensation decisions, an important component of advancing pay equity. 

Translation:  We don’t care if people make different career choices, they should all be paid the same.  Merit-based pay scales are so bourgeoise.  In fact, you shouldn’t even be looking at free market indicators like prior salary history.  Shame on you.

WH Fact Sheet:  The Executive Order also directs a review of Schedule A Hiring Authority for individuals with disabilities to assess opportunities to enhance employment opportunities and financial security for employees with disabilities.

Translation:  Disabilities give us all the sads.  Don’t worry, Uncle Sam will rescue you.  It’s not like your friends and family are going to do anything for you.  After all, you’re disabled, remember?  Just give us your self-respect and initiative.  You didn’t need those anyway. 

WH Fact Sheet:  the Executive Order directs agencies to ensure that the Federal health benefits system equitably serves LGBTQ+ employees and their dependents by expanding access to comprehensive gender-affirming health care… The Order charges all agencies to ensure that the usage of gender markers and pronouns in the Federal employment process respects transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary employees, and directs all agencies to take steps to expand access to gender-neutral facilities inside federal workplaces.

Translation:  We will use your tax dollars to mutilate and remove perfectly good body parts belonging to federal employees.  And punish federal employees who talk as if biological sex is real.   Also, we need to see more men in women’s restrooms, immediately.

WH Fact Sheet:  Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions, and women’s colleges are engines of opportunity and innovation in our Nation.

Translation:  Three cheers for segregation! 

WH Fact Sheet:  Individuals with prior convictions experience must be supported in accessing employment as they fully re-enter society. The Federal government has an important role to play in supporting formerly incarcerated individuals in fully reintegrating into society and making meaningful contributions to our country. The Executive Order directs the Office of Personnel Management to assess the barriers that formerly incarcerated individuals face when seeking Federal jobs.  The Executive Order also tasks the Office of Personnel Management with considering creating new Hiring Authorities to expand job opportunities for individuals with past convictions.

Translation:  If you are applying for a federal job, it helps to have criminal experience.

Gold Star Friday

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  (Philippians 4:8)

Links to Lift Your Thoughts

Timely admonition for a divided church:  https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/how-not-to-correct-a-fellow-christian

Thankfully, God doesn’t judge us by our productivity and efficiency:  https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/the-disabled-wife-and-the-proverbs-31-woman

Peter Leithart:  https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/06/on-not-being-assimilated (encouragement from the book of Daniel).

Resources on Critical Race Theory:

Please check out my new series mocking Harvard at The Everyman:  https://everymancommentary.com/harvard-hokum-volume-1/ (Harvard makes this easy)

Excellent playbook for fighting CRT:  https://christopherrufo.com/crt-briefing-book/

Is your head spinning yet?  https://thefederalist.com/2021/06/17/the-lefts-logic-defying-race-rhetoric-is-making-normal-peoples-heads-spin/

Fighting back:  https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/06/07/my-woke-employees-tried-to-cancel-me-heres-how-i-fought-back-and-saved-my-nonprofit/

I support racial reconciliation.  CRT does not:  https://www.heritage.org/progressivism/report/critical-race-theory-would-not-solve-racial-inequality-it-would-deepen-it

Take back the Rainbow with Carl Trueman:  https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/06/pitiful-pride

CRT:  Plundering the Egyptians or worshipping Ba’al?  https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2021/06/76185/

Other links:

Joy Pullman encourages us to Have More Babies:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/06/15/christianitys-growth-problem-isnt-politics-its-our-failure-to-have-and-evangelize-children/

Christ is Lord of all, including the public square:  https://amgreatness.com/2021/06/14/surrendering-the-public-square/;

From Masterpiece Cakeshop:  https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/05/why-i-didnt-just-bake-the-cake

What is marriage? Can it be platonic?  https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2021/06/76231/

Where do we go from here?  https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/evangelicals-weighed-wanting/

FOR MORE INFORMATION…

For my books, see: I Will Meditate on Your Precepts (Psalm 119) and The Passion of Job

For my articles, see: The Federalist,  The Gospel CoalitionThe Everyman, and Servants of Grace.  More articles coming!

Finally, if you like fantasy, please support my son, author Zeppy Cheng at his Amazon page and at Dingbat Publishing.

Gold Star Friday

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  (Philippians 4:8)

Links to Lift Your Thoughts

Excellent summary of what Christians believe about the Bible:  https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/podcasts/q-a-podcast/the-bibles-authority/

I really enjoy close, imaginative reading of the Bible. Here is an excellent example: https://theopolisinstitute.com/spending-time-with-noah-reflections-on-prepositions-in-the-flood-narrative/

Yes please:  https://www.challies.com/articles/do-you-need-some-joy-today/ 

Sometimes it’s good to think about Heaven, with Randy Alcorn:  https://www.epm.org/blog/2021/May/31/heaven-substance-earth-shadow

Greg Morse talks straight, again:  https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/bored-to-death

Resources on Critical Race Theory:

First, watch this video by Voddie Baucham:  https://youtu.be/KYbnMx7rbv4 and read his book Fault Lines.  Buy multiple copies and give them to your church elders!

I also recommend Carl Trueman’s book, The Rise And Triumph of the Modern Self, with the caveat that it can be a slog.  A treasure trove for history and philosophy nerds.  For the rest of us, you can find a summary of Trueman’s arguments here:  https://www.deseret.com/opinion/2021/6/1/22459065/the-new-culture-war-battleground-is-you-philosophy-freud-nietzsche-rousseau-identity-politics

How CRT abuses language:  https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/our-politics-and-the-english-language-8be 

I am ashamed of my alma mater:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/06/09/critical-race-theorys-poisonous-roots-trace-back-to-harvard-university/

Undermining the BLM narrative:  https://wallbuilders.com/black-communist-leader-exposes-the-truth/; see also, https://wallbuilders.com/the-miraculous-life-of-briton-hammon/

Dennis Prager says protect your kids:  https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2021/06/08/the-single-best-thing-americans-can-do-to-retake-america-n2590628; related:  https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/should-public-schools-ban-critical (I take Rufo’s side in this debate)

Clash of two worldviews:  https://everymancommentary.com/what-have-i-in-common-with-the-ungodly-man/

Other political links:

JD Vance on Woke Capital:  https://americanmind.org/salvo/fighting-woke-capital/

The Leviathan:  https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/16/either-contain-government-or-it-will-destroy-us/

Free Speech is important, but has its limits:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/06/08/cancel-culture-must-be-framed-as-a-moral-issue-rather-than-a-free-speech-one/

FOR MORE INFORMATION…

For my books, see: I Will Meditate on Your Precepts (Psalm 119) and The Passion of Job

For my articles, see: The Federalist,  The Gospel CoalitionThe Everyman, and Servants of Grace.  More articles coming!

Finally, if you like fantasy, please support my son, author Zeppy Cheng at his Amazon page and at Dingbat Publishing.

Dismantling Racist Systems

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As we approach Juneteenth, I call on all Americans, especially believers, to repent and work to overthrow the racist systems harming our black brothers and sisters. 

These include the following:

  • Systems that subsidize the separation of black fathers from their families
  • Systems that subsidize the murder of unborn black babies
  • Systems that jeopardize law and order in black neighborhoods
  • Systems that perpetuate low-quality education in black neighborhoods
  • Systems that discourage job creation in black neighborhoods
  • Any system that denies the moral agency of all Americans by treating some segment as a victim class
  • Any system that assigns honor or blame by skin color
  • Any system that encourages momentary sexual pleasure over life-long commitment
  • Any system that encourages envy over hard work
  • Any system that neglects justice for individual crime victims
  • Any system that interferes with the right to make an honest living
  • Any system that excuses parents from primary responsibility for their children, including their children’s life, physical well-being, and education
  • Any system that sets itself against the Word of God, which is our only hope for salvation and racial reconciliation.

May God have mercy on us all.