“It’s striking that the most frequent command in the entire Bible is to not be afraid. Don’t fear. Don’t be anxious. And it’s a very unusual command because it doesn’t say, ‘Repent,’ or ‘Try harder.’ It’s a command, but then the next thing said is a promise: ‘I will be with you. Don’t be afraid.'” – David Powlison
Looking for some good Christian viewing? Vision Video and the Christian History Institute have just started a new, free (donor-supported) streaming service (H/T Tim Challies). You have to give your name and email, and then you are good to go. A lot of it is middling content, some is Roman Catholic, but there are some gems worth checking out including a great children’s film…
…5 biographical dramas (I’ve ordered them from best to not bad)…
- C.S. Lewis Onstage
- Martin Luther
- Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace
- John Hus – A Journey of No Return
- God’s Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale
… and, for the even more studious, a classic apologetics series from Schaeffer, and a series from James Kennedy…
There’s also the Torchlighter animated biographies, where some episodes are quite good (like the Martin Luther one). But despite being animated, these are not all-ages viewing – The Jim Elliot Story, for example, includes a brief depiction of his death by spearing. So, as always, parents should preview.
This is not a Christian article but it makes a Christian point: it is not spending, but investment, that grows an economy. We see in the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14-30) the lazy servant is taken to task for not investing his talent, while the two others are congratulated for making more out of what their Master gave them. The idea of “stimulus spending” flips this on its head, calling on us not to create more, but to spend what we have. To be clear, this article isn’t critiquing aid to those in need – that’s a different discussion. What’s being critiqued here is sending cheques out with the goal of getting people spending. As the author notes, this has been tried repeatedly, and it has failed repeatedly:
“More spending is a consequence of economic growth, not the trigger for economic growth.”
There’s nothing like a pandemic to bring our mortality close to home. Lou Priolo lists 6 common reasons we’re afraid of dying and lays out a “brief biblical remedy for each of them.
This is a helpful article, highlighting the differences between secular psychology and two types of Christian psychology. It’s not a quick or easy read, but it is an informative one.
The world can often be spot on about what the problem is, and still be completely wrong about what the solution is. And unless someone tells them God’s answer, they aren’t going to figure it out on their own.