Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.
- The Problem with Polemical Preaching
On the one hand, preachers can go wrong by being too weak, not adequately refuting the error of those who contradict sound doctrine (Titus 1:9, 2:15). On the other hand a preacher can become consumed with calling everyone and everything out. . . . But defending truth against error is only one part of faithful preaching.
- Shakespeare on Love: King Lear
This is not to say, however, that through Cordelia’s silence, Shakespeare the poet is not saying something—indeed, to my mind he has never been more eloquent.
- Same-Sex Marriages and Segregation
The point is that people who are redefining marriage are not after wedding cakes as much as they are after affirmation—and the legal system is more than willing to compel religious people to speak in favor of gay marriage, or lose their businesses all together. There really is no parallel to that in the segregated South.
- Carson Explains What Makes a Good Commentary
Good all-round commentaries help readers think their way through the text—which requires adequate handling of words, sentences, flow of thought, genre, theological presuppositions, knowledge of historical setting, and, ideally, a commentary writer who is humble and of a contrite spirit and who trembles at God’s Word.
- An Olympic Lesson for Husbands and Wives
This is a visible model of what male leadership and female support are all about. It’s an art form, not a mandate. It’s a disposition, not a set of rules. When it’s done well, it’s a welcome sight in which both partners are fulfilled in themselves and delighted in the other.