It's been awhile since I posted "this & that." Trust me, I've been just barely keeping up - a case of too many good things, I suppose. There are always so many things to read and see and do and be. Oh, goodness that sounds like a poem. Last night, I rapped a rhyme in the break room at the print shop... so many things. Well, here are a few for you to read and think about. Please, friends, don't read another word if you don't intend to filter it through the Word. What good is any knowledge unless it is made to submit to God's purposes? Even the wonderful, giddy things are useful tools in the hands of the Father - those things people tell me are silly and childish. I believe these things and the serious things and the sad things can all be used to tear back a few more layers of veneer we've haphazardly patched over the beauty of God's redemptive story.
God Created Food and Sex for the Believer. Do I have your attention? I really appreciated what this article says about how both food and sex declare the glory of God and with great intentionality are meant to be enjoyed in the best and purest way.
What is the purpose of work? Are we all destined to toil with the aimlessness we read about in Ecclesiastes or is there something deeper at play? This article from the Gospel Coalition, "The Purpose of Work," takes a look at the life of Luther and his understanding of work and vocation being primarily a "service to God."
Sometimes it's nice to read something that's not news or theology or cultural critique, at least not overtly. I loved this article from Art House America, "The Order of Undoing," because it's beautiful. Just the meandering description of one woman's overnight stay at a monastery in Kentucky, but somehow she made me feel like it was news and theology and culture as well.
There's a new trend in spiritual identity that's caused enough rumble to have itself considered a "category." People now identify as "nones" - as in, they are unaffiliated, unattached, and unfettered to any sort of spiritual grounding. They mark "none" when there are multiple choice boxes about religion. This intrigues me and this article by Albert Mohler, "The Great Clarification: Fuzzy Fidelity and the Rise of the Nones" says beautiful things about how this means hope.
Do you know a prodigal? No, really... do you? Or maybe you are the prodigal in the parable about the son who wandered away with his inheritance to experience the world. What a beautiful story and what a beautifully mysterious ending! This song by Wilder Adkins (you can get his music for free at Noisetrade) invites me into that story in a new way and bids me marvel at the wondrous love of the Father.