Take Up and Read

Last year one of the top movies was “Zero Dark Thirty. It was about the 10 year long search for Osama Bin Laden. Here is a critical assessment of the movie’s view of torture.

Here is an older article which lists all of John Piper’s quotes on why he doesn’t watch TV. Two things I liked about this: Piper does not expect everyone to do what he does, yet he still makes you evaluate your TV consumption. Second, he is amazingly consistent over his thirty years of ministry.

33 reasons not to watch porn. 

Hospitality is usually seen as the woman’s realm. This article gives some good advice on how men can be involved.

Finally, here are some ways you can profit from an expository sermon. I especially enjoyed the emphasis on prayer.

Carl Trueman on Andy Stanley

Carl Trueman takes Andy Stanley to the woodshed. You can read the whole article here.  I put a line in bold that I particularly enjoyed.

“And that is ultimately the saddest aspect of the Andy Stanleys of this world. It is not their patronizing attitude to others. It is not their arrogant assumption that they represent the culture or that they have the right to tell the rest of us how we should think. It is not the sloppy way they bandy words like ‘culture’ and even ‘happiness’ around without ever offering a definition of what they think they mean. It is not their crass prioritization of raw numbers. It is not their complete lack of imagination regarding the moral possibilities of ‘culture.’ Rather, it is the fact that what they confidently present as radical insights are really nothing but lazy, insipid, prosaic, and predictable capitulations to the values of the spirit of the age. In short, they are simply dressing up their society’s tastes as absolute truth. Unimaginative, respectable, lazy and lethal. The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie, is it not?”