Johnny Cash, heroes, Citizens, YRRC, and why love protects us

In honor of this surprise winter attack (seriously, weather people, how could you NOT see this coming?), I'm going to link you up like a blitzkrieg. Get ready for some serious THIS & THAT comin' atcha. Today, February 26th is Johnny Cash's birthday. Russell Moore has a great article, "Why Johnny Cash Still Matters," about the unique role Cash played in culture for those in and outside the church.

This article, "Real Men & Real Women: Tough & Tender" by Lore Ferguson, writer at Sayable, is so very spot on. I can't say it better than she did, so here is an excerpt,

One of the enemy’s favorite tactics is to take what God has not called ultimate and make it so. If he can confuse the Christians, get them to devour one another, well, he can call it a day. No need for the Crusades part deux, Jesus came to bring a sword, and by golly, the first people we’re gonna use it on is one another.

One particular area of glee the enemy is basking in these days is the division he’s bringing to the Church concerning gender roles. And he does it by making caricatures rampant.

I found this over at Mere Orthodoxy and really appreciated what it has to say about heroes. Our heroes reveal our vision of the good life. So, what does our culture say about our heroes and what do those heroes say about our vision of the good life? Read, "House of Cards: Kevin Spacey, Tolkien, and the Bible" to get the scoop.

"Love among Christians is a great protection against deception," Piper says in this post, "Two Reasons Why Love Protects Us From Deception" that expands on his sermon from the past Sunday at Bethlehem Baptist. What a beautiful truth - and Piper unpacks it from 2 John 1:5-7. Just a great meditation.

No big surprise here, but this research confirms that "Spiritual Maturity Comes Through Intentionality," according to Lifeway. I appreciate it because it's not some pastor's opinion on a soapbox.

I'm not sure why the CEO of Match.com's parent company had to pull Iowa into his single-and-40 confusion, but he did. And it's the opening to this post on "More Choices, Less Commitment." I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I appreciate it all the same.

This is just a great song by the band CITIZENS. It'll help get your dance on while the snow keeps falling outside.

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