Three weekend reads, currated from the world wide web to enrich your soul and equip you for mission.
1. To Phone or Not to Phone – and When? (from Eric Geiger)
In previous generations, when parents gathered for dinner and compared parenting notes, a pressing question was “When are you going to let your teenager get a driver’s license?” Comments would be made about how hauling the kid around was proving to be less and less practical, about the high cost of insurance, about safety implications, and about how moving into adulthood is what needs to happen at some point. My parents handed me the keys pretty early as I was driving myself to school and home from basketball practice my sophomore year. I got my first fender-bender in the high school parking lot the second day I drove, but after the rough start, the additional responsibility helped me mature, and I am thankful for the trust my parents gave me.
While the driving question still looms, a more pressing question and one parents are asking earlier is “When do you give your kid a smart phone?” Kids, of course, are asking the same question. “Dad, when can I get a phone like my friends have?” [keep reading]
2. 5 Myths about Marriage (from Paul David Tripp)
When your ears hear and your eyes see the sin, weakness, or failure of your husband or wife, it is never an accident; it is always grace. God loves your spouse, and he is committed to transforming him or her by his grace, and he has chosen you to be one of his regular tools of change. So, he will cause you to see, hear, and experience your spouse’s need for change so that you can be an agent of his rescue…[keep reading]
3. Satan’s Ten Strategies Against You (from John Piper)
One of the most sobering facts about life is that all humans have a supernatural enemy whose aim is to use pain and pleasure to make us blind, stupid, and miserable — forever. The Bible calls him “the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world . . . the accuser” (Revelation 12:9–10), “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31), and “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
He is our “adversary [who] prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Yet, in the most appalling and unwitting bondage, the whole world willingly “follows the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). At his most successful, his subjects march obliviously to destruction, and take as many with them as they can…[keep reading]