27 May 2016

This 'n' That

The internet truly is a double-edged sword, isn't it? Yes, it can be used to communicate great truth and proclaim the saving gospel of Jesus Christ, but it can also be the ultimate time-waster. Don't misunderstand, there are undoubtedly a myriad of ways we find to needlessly waste time but the internet seems to trump them all. All of the time spent on blogs, Facebook, and searching through pages and pages of useless information that may or may not be valid. Should we perhaps be a bit convicted about this?

Before you login to Facebook, why not evaluate how much time you've spent reading the Word? Before you dive into that online conversation about the latest big box church blasphemy, why not ponder how you might be more edified by enjoying time with your family and teaching your children? And I mean actual time conversing with them, not taking pictures to post on Facebook to give your "friends" a play-by-play of your day. Remember those days when nobody cared how you spent your weekend or your vacation or your Wednesday? Well, the reality is, most of us still don't care. Oh sure, we hope you are well and making the most of your time, but we don't actually care about your activities every waking minute. It's just that we've all been conditioned to be overly polite, so we hit the "Like" button even though we're grumbling that your day-in-the-park photos consumed our Facebook timeline again.

Friend, we live in an age of distractions and yet we, like the earliest believers, are called to a singular focus, namely, the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us be about the proclamation of His gospel. Let us be seeking to serve Him well.

In the spirit of this exhortation, then, and in the hopes that it won't steal too much of your time away, here is your slightly abbreviated week in review (kind of):
  • Free Spurgeon book!
  • You can't make this stuff up.
  • So apparently this is happening in the LCMS.
  • This is very cool.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • James Boice on the faithful preaching of the Word.
  • J.C. Ryle on growing in holiness.
  • It seems like "Christian Progressivism" should not be a legitimate phrase.
  • Citizens of Heaven:

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