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)
Happy New Year! I am planning a January series on Psalm 119 for 2021 (the sequel to Psalm 119 for 2020). Other goals include an in-depth study of Lamentations – another Bible acrostic — as well as a book for young women considering issues of career and family. May Christ be Lord of all our goals and resolutions.
From the bookshelf: Based on multiple positive reviews, I have been reading the Swedish novel A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. The main character (Ove) is an old curmudgeon who recently lost his wife and his job. The story of Ove’s redemption, at the hands of his neighbors, is quite poignant and charming. At the same time, there are politically correct elements (including an LBGTQ plotline) that detract from the story. I also felt the book does not treat the topic of suicide with sufficient seriousness – Ove’s multiple failed attempts to join his wife in death are a kind of running joke. It’s too bad the book is such a mixed bag, because the themes of honoring the elderly and neighborliness are much needed these days.
From the link list:
Trying to get more done in 2021? Doug Wilson on “Ploductivity”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-of-christ-for-all-of-life/id1452945257?i=1000503954862
Greg Morse blowing the trumpet of warning once again: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-dangerous-love-of-ease
Trying to read more Bible? https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-bible-is-a-lifelong-project
I’m saving this link for when we get grandkids: https://www.memoriapress.com/articles/dangerous-article-boys/ (list of books for boys)
Part one of a series on faith and work: http://jeffhaanen.com/2020/12/23/why-faith-work-pt-1-gospel/
Cancel culture reaching back into ancient history: https://www.wsj.com/articles/even-homer-gets-mobbed-11609095872
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