Posts Tagged ‘Grace Today’

This week: the false intimacy of Facebook, a funny but smart read about how wives should not be too impressed by their husbands by Carl Trueman, good thoughts on being men in a digital culture for single men by Carolyn McCulley, and an excellent and helpful series on fasting from Grace Today.

Facebook: A New Kind of False Intimacy (Counseling Solutions Blog)

Facebook becomes the new dating context for the dissatisfied. It provides all the accoutrements of dating without the commitment or expectation of marriage. Simply put, we do not live with the people we socialize with on Facebook. Akin to dating, we can put our best selves forward for our Facebook friends. They never have to wash our underwear or smell our breath. It is when we think the folks on Facebook are different than the folks we live with that we get into trouble.

Our Own Propaganda: Wives Must Not Believe It (By Carl Trueman)

Talking to a colleague the other day, he told me how, on one Sunday, he preached an absolute stinker of a sermon.  After the service, he said to his wife, `That was the worst sermon I have ever preached.’  `No it wasn’t.’ she replied `Be encouraged.  I have heard you preach much worse.’  That is a truly great preacher’s wife for you.

Gentlemen in a Digital Age (by Carolyn McCulley)

Every time you battle the passivity of Adam, standing wordlessly by Eve as she was deceived, you build your muscles of godly masculinity. Every time you sow toward leadership and clarity by stating what you want and not trying to slide in the back door of any context, you are going to reap good fruit — even if you aren’t immediately rewarded with what you seek. Every time you consider the interests and perspectives of others, you are cultivating benevolent masculinity, the kind of manliness that adorns the gospel.

The Heart of Christian Fasting (Grace Today Blog)

Old Testament fasting presupposes the spiritual realities of sin, judgment, repentance, helplessness, and dependence on God. It is a serious mistake to pursue external fasting without an earnest appreciation for the more important internal reasons that prompt it. Someone who casually pursues fasting as a religious duty without a broken heart actually mocks the reason for its existence.

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