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~As I was recently cleaning out some old magazines, I found the July/August 2013 issue of Imprimis and gave it a read.  Some very good stuff on YA (young adult) fiction:

…I do not, in fact, wish to ban any books or frighten any authors. What I do wish is that people in the book business would exercise better taste; that adult authors would not simply validate every spasm of the teen experience; and that our culture was not marching toward ever-greater explicitness in depictions of sex and violence.

Yes, and amen.

~ The ER demonstrates the inverted priorities of American society:

It’s all about priorities: those of individuals and those of leaders.  Our leaders, ever convinced that we must give medical care to those perceived to be in need, often forget that modern definitions of poverty and need may be a bit different from need throughout human history.  And that if a family has an expensive cell plan, new truck and big-screen TV with satellite, it might not be unreasonable to ask them to put up a little money for their own health care.

Do read the whole thing — it’s short.

~ I really enjoyed this interview with Ben Young, one of the Sturdy Brothers. They make some quality stuff, and I love my waxed canvas tote.

~ Feminist hysteria is causing the infantilization of women. So called “feminists” do not speak for me, that’s for sure.

~ This Snickerdoodle Bread recipe looks really yummy.

~ Houston, we have a problem:

Really? Subpoenas? Sermons? Let the reality of what just happened settle on you. A city council subpoenaed sermons that they thought might be reflecting a little poorly on the king’s majesty. And so let this be a deep lesson to all you seminarians. Whenever you are preaching through Romans do not on any account mention the wart on the king’s nose. He takes it ill. And whatever you do, say nothing whatever about about Herodias wearing her hello-sailor-heels into the men’s room. You might have a promising ministry cut short. In fact, you yourself might be cut short.

My only hope is that if a sermon of mine ever gets subpoenaed I get some kind of advance warning so that I can put some extra zippy adjectives into it.

I have been pointing out the totalitarian impulse of progressives for some time, but they are not totalitarian because they want to impose morality. They are totalitarian because they want to impose an immoral morality. They are not totalitarian because they want to suppress something.All laws suppress something. The problem is what they want to suppress. They want to suppress decency and glorify kink, when they ought to be doing the opposite.

~  A cute front door decoration for Thanksgiving.

And with that, I’ll bid you a good day, y’all,

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“This is strong medicine for us to swallow.”

41QbzSxPf5LFrom Let’s Study Ephesians by Sinclair B. Ferguson:

Ephesians 1:11 may be the strongest and most comprehensive statement about God’s absolute sovereignty in the whole of the bible. He is the One who works all things according to the counsel of his will. This is not a user-friendly universe for all and sundry. But Paul is stressing that, whatever the native tendencies of people and things, God works with and through all that happens. The events of history and even of our individual lives are never outside his will and purpose. There are no exceptions.

This is strong medicine for us to swallow. Some Christians find the first taste of it seems bitter. For swallowing it also means swallowing the pride that says: ‘I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul’ (W.E. Henley). But once pride is dissolved by the absolute Lordship and sovereignty of One who can be trusted absolutely, the effects are wonderfully therapeutic. We begin to recover from the sin-sickness that gripped Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; at last we allow God to be God; and we discover that his sovereign purposes — even in the experiences that cause us pain — are for our good (Rom. 8:28).

In some ways what Paul goes on to say is a yet more remarkable and liberating discovery: God does all this to the praise of his glory (1:12, 14). But his glory is not the enemy of our good. In fact he pursues his own glory in such a way that he simultaneously brings his people most blessing! His pleasure and our blessing are marriage partners! That is a commitment from which he will never withdraw.