Lately I’ve been extremely blessed by the Desiring God blog. For a while now I’ve tended to shy away from most Christian blogs. That’s not because I don’t believe they’re worth reading. It’s rather the opposite. There’s just so many good articles out there in the blogosphere that are written every single day that I feel overwhelmed by the thought of even attempting to stay current. But I’ve been opening myself back up to the idea of reading at least some articles, and I’ve been the better for it. So here’s today’s “Around the InterWeb”- the Desiring God edition.
- Being Comforted by God’s Wrath. Comfort and wrath are rarely talked about in ways that suggest that they are interdependent. But John Piper and Jonathan Parnell helpfully remind every believer how practical it is to your comfort and well-being to remember that it’s God’s job to avenge, not yours.
- Going Deeper in Bible Study. Pastor Piper recently responded to a thirteen-year-old who wanted to go deeper in her Bible study. If nothing else, it’s humbling/encouraging to hear a young teenage girl ask this. (Wish I’d been writing John Piper letters at thirteen!) But it’s also a helpful reminder to all of us of some basics of Bible study. On top of that, it’s a helpful resource for us to give to those who ask us the same questions.
- The Emotions of the Psalms. Here’s a compilation of some of the many human emotions that became part of the inspired word of God. I’ve recently had a growing appreciation for the Psalms as I’ve been reminded that some of the very inspired words of God are words penned by people who were lonely, sorrowful, angry, and brokenhearted. I think too often we completely remove the humanity of Scripture (and Jesus himself) and feel guilty when we’re not constantly in a singing mood.
- The Bible in a Smartphone World. I appreciate that John Piper isn’t a curmudgeonly old man who thinks that we should all go back to writing with quills. Rather, he consistently sees the opportunities that new technologies present. So instead of making a sweeping declaration that smartphones constantly distract us from spiritual things, he reminds us that they also present opportunities for us to constantly deluge ourselves with the Word of God.