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)
What I’m Reading:
Job: The Wisdom of the Cross (Preaching the Word Commentary Series) by Christopher Ash. This is by far the best commentary I have read on Job. I wish I had found this book much earlier! Ash is a wonderful writer. More than that, it is evident he has studied and meditated on Job, in great detail, over many years. With some commentaries I get the sense that the author is just going through the motions – not this one. Ash also has an Advent devotional, which I am hoping to try out this holiday season.
Vaneetha Risner is an excellent writer about suffering. Here is her most recent article for Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/my-joy-rose-as-sorrows-fell. I highly recommend her book, which is short but powerful: The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering. More on Vaneetha, including a video: https://www.epm.org/blog/2019/Oct/16/problem-evil-and-suffering.
Food for thought in a world of gender confusion: http://servantsofgrace.org/should-mom-be-the-lead-parent/. More food for thought: https://womenencouraged.ca/blog/trusting-husband-means-trusting-god/
Randy Alcorn on finding true peace: https://www.epm.org/blog/2019/Oct/11/where-real-peace-found
California wild fires need common-sense solutions, not simplistic ones: https://amgreatness.com/2019/10/17/of-electricity-and-ideology/
Great interview with Heather Macdonald: https://quillette.com/2019/10/08/buying-fentanyl-on-the-streets-of-san-francisco-an-interview-with-heather-macdonald/
Freedom requires responsibility: https://amgreatness.com/2019/10/11/keeping-our-covenants/
What happens when we forget that Christ, not America, is the savior of the world: https://amgreatness.com/2019/10/13/escaping-the-middle-eastern-labyrinth/.
What happens when we forget that God is sovereign over birth and death. On gender reconstruction: https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/10/57542/. On Physician-Assisted Suicide: https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/10/56308/.
Links on Mental Illness:
Pay attention to the state of your heart: https://lenwoods.com/2019/10/12/seven-signs-your-heart-needs-attention/. Pastor Len is a friend and one of our favorite authors.
Faith is not a mental illness: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2019/08/question-is-religious-faith-a-mental-illness.html
My Federalist Page
My Servants of Grace Page (new articles on Galatians and on radical hospitality!)
My Book on Psalm 119
Pray for Z. – My oldest son is recovering from serious mental illness. While he waits for full-time employment, he has started volunteering with an organization that serves the disabled. We see God’s hand in all of this, and we appreciate your prayers.