“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
An incredibly powerful and personal story from a great scientific mind about his greatest discovery.
This week I can across the blog is Simon Thomas. He’s a Sky Sports presenter and a Christian, known by many in the U.K. He lost his wife to cancer in September last year and has been blogging about his grief. This week he shared a post about his Secret Battle with depression and anxiety.
It’s a very honest and open account of the battle he has, and still is, facing. I have a great admiration for anyone who is able to post so publicly about their battle with mental health. I have attempted to write many times about my own struggle with depression, it is not an easy thing to do. I’m thankful that Simon has a strong faith in God that is helping him through this time. My own faith helped me in my darkest time, and I have witnessed the faith of others close to me help them. I am forever thankful for this.
I’ve never read a review of a Bible before, so when Joshua Ginter mentioned he would be posting one recently my interest was piqued. This week I finally got round to reading his review of the Crossway ESV Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible. It’s not just a really interesting read, it’s also a beautiful visual essay as well. I’m a big fan of Joshua’s photographic reviews, and this one certainly does the new ESV Heirloom justice. Hopefully one day I’ll be in the market for Bible like this.
As Abraham Kuyper once said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’” And rule with absolute supremacy. And though it may not seem so now, it is only a matter of time until he is revealed from heaven in flaming fire to give relief to those who trust him and righteous vengeance on those who don’t.
– John Piper
Tim Challies in answer to a friend of his outlines four methods to organise your prayer life and a few thoughts about why it’s important. I agree with a lot of this and already use the Prayer Mate app, I shall be looking at the way Tim has set the app up and the method both he and John Piper use to pray.
There’s been a lot of talk on the internet circles I follow about focus and deep work. They’re thought provoking and often resonate with me, but there’s one thing I’ve been struggling to reconcile in it all. The focus of all these discussions is usually aimed at putting your individual desires first, which doesn’t really jive with my Christian beliefs.
Chris Bowler, in his excellently considered article Deep Prayer > Deep Work, seems to demonstrate I’m not alone. In doing so he seems to capture exactly how this kind of thinking should be influencing my approach to my faith.
But over and over, I come back to the fact that while Newport’s concept of increasing our ability to focus is crucial to a successful career, it’s even more crucial to a successful Christian life. One that is lived attuned to the Spirit. One that is carefully watching to see where God is working, then ready and willing to join him in it.
Chris Bowler speaks some wise words in a subject I’ve been wrestling with for some time. Productivity and focus are a hot topic and something which I enjoy thinking about, but I’ve always questioned how these things should work in relation to my Christian faith.
Even if I turn out to be wrong, I shall bet my life on the assumption that this world is not idiotic, neither run by an absentee landlord, but that today, this very day, some stroke is being added to the cosmic canvas that in due course I shall understand with joy as a stroke made by the architect who calls himself Alpha and Omega.
10 Resolutions for Mental Health by John Piper
Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.
– Tim Challies