22 September 2017

This 'n' That

Well, it's the first day of fall. If the weather where you are is anything like it is here, the humidity is making it feel like the middle of July. In spite of my huge, frizzy hair, though, I am not complaining. The warm weather has been welcome following a week or two of cold, damp, gloomy, pre-fall days.

I suppose now that autumn is officially here, it is acceptable to begin adding pumpkin or pumpkin flavor to everything. Admittedly, I cheated, and picked up a couple of pumpkin-flavored donuts on Wednesday. If you could taste these donuts, you would've eaten them before fall officially began, too. Though while I am a huge fan of most things pumpkin-flavored, this trend definitely can be overdone. Pumpkin Spice M&Ms? No thank you. Pumpkin Spice Oreos? I'm not sure how I feel about those. Now, true, homemade pumpkin pie? Oh yes, that is where it's at. If you've made one and want to share a piece, I'd be happy to help you be a giving person.

I think what I love most about this season, though, is the reminders it brings of God's sovereignty and creativity. With every change of seasons, we are reminded of God's power and control over His creation. The sights, sounds, smells, and beautiful colors of autumn ought to evoke words of praise to our God for the beauty and artistry of that same creation.

These reminders are some of the reasons I prefer to live in a place that does experience the change of seasons. The shift from winter to spring especially brings to mind the picture of being dead in sin and born again in Christ. Though this is a fallen world filled with sin, death, sickness, dirt, and general unpleasantness, it nevertheless is still filled with good gifts from a loving God. And if these common graces are so beautiful, imagine what awaits His own in Heaven!

For now, though, we remain on this earth. So while you sip on your Pumpkin Spice Latte, why not take the opportunity to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Conrad Mbewe shares some reflections on pastoring his church for 30 years.
  • Prepackaged sermons are like a mediocre mug of cocoa.
  • Proclaim the gospel and leave the saving work to God.
  • A brief biographical sketch of John Wycliffe, the Morning Star of the Reformation.
  • What are angels really like?
  • These types of questions are definitely not helpful ones to ask in small group Bible study.
  • Squirrels may be organizing their nutty finds, but are they able to locate them later? 
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable. Warning: this may make your eyes water.
  • I'm sorry to be the one to break this to you, but you are not amazingly awesome.
  • Can someone please give Rick a copy of Galatians?
  • I don't normally recommend reading Christianity Today, but this article by Costi Hinn is an exception.
  • What is the origin of bad theology?
  • A little background on John Calvin.
  • Christian yoga is an oxymoron.
  • Visit one of these Christmas towns and live your own Hallmark movie.
  • This is from a series of lectures about the Reformation that Dr. Carl Trueman delivered at The Master's Seminary. You can find the rest of the lectures here.

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