August was a crazy month, so you’ll notice these books tended to be a little shorter. The one exception is the Packer biography, which I split between July and August. As always, if you have something good for me to add to my reading list, leave me a comment!
With millions of babies being aborted, countless miscarriages occurring daily, numerous stillborns globally, and other tragic deaths of small children taking place all the time, it is an important and incredibly comforting truth to embrace that all babies go to heaven.
For over a year, Bank of America has been heavily promoting their slogan, “Life’s Better When We’re Connected.” Each commercial in this series emphasizes how spending less time on banking allows you to be connected in other areas of life that are presumably more important.
I love reading. I believe carefully choosing the books I read, and studying as I read enables me to be mentored by men and women I have never met.
Tonight, Bill Nye is debating Ken Ham on the topic, “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era?” This topic is of significant importance for humanity, so I’m really glad that these guys are bringing the topic to the national stage.
Following the engaging style of their previous books in the “Killing” series, O’Reilly and Dugard turn their attention to arguably the most influential man in history. They certainly succeed in dispelling the flannel graph view of Jesus’ death through colorful portrayals of powerful personalities of the day (both Jewish and Roman authorities receive in depth character sketches), Jewish customs, and geographical features that provide additional insight. In a lot of ways, the book reads like a month of sermons your pastor might preach after returning from a trip to the Holy Land.
Did Eve think going topless was a good idea? Most people would immediately think this a dumb question, as it is quite obvious from Genesis 3 that Adam and Eve were naked and without shame. But I’m not asking about Eve before the Fall. After her eyes were opened and she realized her shame, did she still think that going topless was a good call? Consider Genesis 3:7, “and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.” I’m no fashion expert, but loin coverings don’t bring about the connotation of upper body coverings to me. Continuing on into verse 21 we read, “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.” The implication is that Adam and Eve only felt compelled to cover their genitalia, and God came behind them, correcting their error by making more appropriate clothing.
Why is this worth considering? From literally the very moment that humanity fell, their judgment became forever scarred, even in matters that seem the most self-evident. I mean, how many people really think that women walking around topless is a good idea? Of course, Times Square has the “naked cowboy” and his counterpart, the “naked cowgirl”, but it doesn’t take a great deal of sense to realize that categorizing him as an anomaly is being generous. I digress. The point is you should not trust yourself because your judgment is just as broken as Eve’s was! How often do we fail to live our lives in light of the truths we profess?
While most Christians would agree that the Fall dealt every aspect of humanity a devastating blow of brokenness in every aspect of being, very few act upon this truth. Ask yourself, ‘when is the last time I asked a peer or older saint to critique my judgment so that I could avoid the error of putting too much trust in my fallen intellect?’ More importantly, when is the last time you consciously asked God to direct your thinking through the day in issues that seem like minutia? Psalm 127 rings true, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Unless you commit your thinking and your judgments to the Lord, they are in vain. Certainly it is not exciting to think of ourselves as this fallible. But then again, when did excitement become the judge of the truthfulness of a claim? Today I challenge myself, and my fellow brothers and sisters to embrace our fallenness, for without this embrace, we cannot embrace our healing. We love to proclaim the greatness of our rational faculties, yet we often overlook the Biblical teaching regarding them. Consider Romans 12:2, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The need for renewal of mind is simply assumed, but do we even acknowledge it? Did Eve think going topless was a good idea? Perhaps the better question is which of your judgments have not been brought before your Creator prior to your acting upon them.