Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

I don’t particularly like to get too personal here, nor am I usually comfortable asking strangers for prayer. But I’m facing surgery this weekend and would greatly covet your prayers. It’s a minor procedure in the grand scheme of life, but surgery never feels minor when you’re the one facing it. I’m not sure why God chose this particular path for me at this particular time, but I do know I want to honor Him as I travel it. So thank you for praying.

Okay, that’s more than enough about me! I hope you’ve had a good week, and have an even better weekend! And what better way to start the weekend than by relaxing with your week in review (kind of):

  • There is a subset of Christians who would say that empathy is a sin. But I’d argue that empathy is a virtue.
  • I can’t caution strongly enough against embracing anything produced by Doug Wilson, his followers, or any of his publishing ventures. His dangerous influence runs deep in many Christian circles, including homeschooling circles (which I knew) and classical Christian education materials (which was new information for me). This article only scratches the surface of one incident.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I’ll never understand why some Christians get a bit twitchy when the kind, gentle, compassionate character of our Savior is highlighted. They don’t like compassion and apparently don’t want Jesus to extend compassion. It seems to me that this is backward thinking for anyone who has been saved, but sadly, I was once part of the same crowd, sitting in a church brimming with subtle legalism that was slowly killing my spiritual walk. I hope you find this article as refreshing and kind as I did.
  • What? How interesting!
  • How to face the fear of death.
  • I’ve been enjoying reading my old NIV Bible (the 1984 version) and am a bit sad that this version is no longer available. Here’s a link to the entire NIV 84 text.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.

John 10:27-30 (NIV 84)
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