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  • Amazon shared from The Crowd, The Critic, and the Muse: A Book for Creators by M. Gungor
    The fruit speaks of the tree. Today, most of our cultural fruit is infected with the (probably accurate) assumption that consumers will not appreciate depth, complexity, or honesty as much as a quick distraction. We want explosions, not character development. We want something to grind to on the dance floor, not something to provoke reflection. Artists respond to our desires, and they’ve little incentive to delve into deep artistic labyrinths of beauty and complexity. Who would buy it? We consume our art like moths. We gather, momentarily, around wherever the biggest, brightest light seems to...
    Note: art like moths
  • Amazon shared from Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus by John Ortberg
    In America, the first law to require mass universal education was declared in Massachusetts in 1647. It was called, believe it or not, “The Old Deluder Satan Act.” “It being one chief product of that Old Deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures…; and to the end that learning may not be buried in the graves of our forefathers.” This is a beautiful vision that everyone should learn: that ignorance is the devil’s tool, that God is the God of truth.
    Note: All truth is God's
  • Amazon shared from The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight
    We need to have profound respect for our past without giving it the final authority. I believe the final decision should always rest with the Scripture. Not so much respect that we fall into traditionalism, but enough to slow us down to ask how God has spoken to the church in the past. We show serious respect for our past when we learn our church history, when we learn how major leaders read the Bible in the past, and when we bring their voices to the table as we learn how to read the Bible for our time.5
    Note: How to read the #Bible with a respect for the past.
  • Amazon shared from The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy Keller
    On the cross, Jesus did not look down on us with a heart full of admiration and affection. He felt no “chemistry.” But he gave himself. He put our needs ahead of his own; he sacrificed for us. But the Bible tells spouses not only to imitate the quality and manner of Christ’s love but also the goal of it. Jesus died not because we were lovely, but to make us lovely. He died, Paul says, to “make us holy.” Paradoxically, this means Paul is urging spouses to help their mates love Jesus more than them.10 It’s a paradox but not a contradiction.
    Note: Tim Keller on #marriage
  • Amazon shared from The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy Keller
    The gospel can fill our hearts with God’s love so that you can handle it when your spouse fails to love you as he or she should. That frees us to see our spouse’s sins and flaws to the bottom—and speak of them—and yet still love and accept our spouse fully. And when, by the power of the gospel, our spouse experiences that same kind of truthful yet committed love, it enables our spouses to show us that same kind of transforming love when the time comes for it.
    Note: Marriage and the Gospel