Worth a Look 10.15.12
Kindle Deal of the Day: The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Tim Keller. $2.99.
Timothy Keller shows that God created marriage to bring us closer to him and to bring us more joy in our lives. It is a glorious relationship that is also the most misunderstood and mysterious. With a clear-eyed understanding of the Bible, and meaningful instruction on how to have a successful marriage,The Meaning of Marriage is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.
Ultimately, faithfulness looks most like being disciplined and faithful to the small things in life and leadership. The making of a leader takes time, and I believe is revealed and refined through the continual steadfastness in the small things. Our character, our sense of who we are, is defined by the insignificant points in life when no one is watching, when no one really cares.
Every social scientific instrument is already freighted with a thick, normative, albeit implicit, vision of what it is to be human and what human community ought to look like. Those deep commitments don’t make it into the data in any explicit way, but they frame every question that is asked, every bit of data that is selected as significant, etc. There isn’t a single social scientific scholar (or journalist) who doesn’t believe some fundamental story about the world. We’re all confessional scholars.
When politicians tell us they love God, we should take it about as seriously as we do when they tell us they love America, or freedom. Remind them that love is something you do, not something you feel, and ask them to be specific about what service they offer their beloved.
In August 1862, two Confederate armies turned north from Tennessee, hoping to revive their nation’s faltering hopes west of the Appalachians. And yet, despite a stunning victory at Richmond, Ky., the capture of Frankfort, the state capital, the installation of a Confederate governor, and a tactical victory at Perryville on Oct. 8, by fall the two forces were limping back south. What happened?