Worth a Look 10.30.12
Kindle Deal of the Day: Deliver Us From Me-Ville by David Zimmerman. $2.51.
Welcome to Me-Ville, where you’re surrounded by a culture that celebrates and elevates the individual. The You Utopia where your home, place of work, and even your place of worshp, is customized to your discerning tastes. A super-exclusive club where Self and Pride party, and Sacrifice and Humility can’t get past the velvet ropes. A place where it’s all about you.
But is life supposed to be this way? Author David Zimmerman takes us on a hilarious and honest trip through Me-Ville, while sharing the escape routes that lead out. David traces our self-loving lineage and examines prideful people in Scripture who were changed through God’s power. Throughout, you’ll encounter the powerful, progressive redemption from self that only Christ can offer.
I find the technological advances in our world to be filled with both virtue and vice. Like any tool, it can be used to help or become a distraction to harm. My laptop, iPhone, Kindle, and all of the rest normally serve as a huge help to me. It is no different than the circular saw at my workbench. Given the right circumstance, it is the perfect tool for the job. It cuts a straight line, saves me time, and requires less physical effort. But, if used improperly, it can kill me. Literally. Really, you should see how close I’ve come on several occasions.
The new Authors on the Line podcast features an interview with Robert Gagnon on homosexuality, both the broader topic of the church’s role in culture and also the church’s role in caring for those in the church who struggle with same-sex attraction.
Danny Akin: Brothers, We Are Not Superstars
I become too important and my time is too valuable to meet with common people, people who cannot help me further my agenda. I am too busy in “my ministry” to respond to letters, answer emails, return phone calls or schedule appointments. And amazingly, I become almost self-righteous in defending my lifestyle, all my perks, and my prideful behavior because what I do is valuable to the kingdom and I’ve earned the right to be treated as one of its kings.
Tim Challies on “A Fashionable Seduction”
Apple sells us a way of expressing ourselves to the world through a glowing rectangle. Microsoft is now doing the same, insisting that their new operating system “works the way you do.” What is ironic is that the desire to be different is actually a desire for conformity. After all, we can’t all be different in the same way. We want to be different together, which means we aren’t being different at all. Rather, we are so afraid of being different, so afraid of how other people might perceive us, that we play right along.