Friday Reads and Links

Here are a few articles that I found interesting.  

The first article deals with how we view our personality (mainly in just two categories: introverted or extroverted).  So often, we think that one is better, or worse, godlier, than the other.  And let’s be honest, the extrovert is usually the personality that we are told we need to be.  As an introverted extrovert who is married to a somewhat extroverted introvert, this article is a great reminder of how we are all uniquely created in God’s image, and can glorify him in a number of different ways.  

Four Lies About Introverts

The next article is from the Harvard Business Review, and while the Gospel is absent, there is something pretty telling discussed: Rest.  The post is called, “What Happens When You Really Disconnect” and the author calls to attention from his own personal experience the difficulty we have in truly resting.  We are way too attached to our electronic devices.  We are way too attached to knowing all types of news at up-to-the-second rates.  Do you really know how to rest?  Odds are, you don’t.  I know I fail at this.  Perhaps, because I am attached to Twitter.  Which leads to another link (ESPECIALLY for students): 9 Questions to Ask About Your Social Media Addiction.  

If you are looking for a book that deals with the topic of rest, I would HIGHLY recommend The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul By Restoring Your Sabbath, by Mark Buchanan.  My disclaimer: He is not completely reformed in his thought.  He might even fail to pass through certain presbytery examinations.  But the guy is evangelical and preaches the Gospel.  And his writing style is fantastic.  

Finally, here is a short post from Sinclair Ferguson on being discouraged.  But this is not a writing saying, “If you are discouraged, you aren’t a good Christian.”  In fact, he says something quite the opposite.

This teaching certainly seems logical: if the gospel saves us, it must save us from discouragement! It also appears to be wonderfully spiritual. After all, are we not ‘more than conquerors through him who loved us’ (Rom. 8:37)?

But this is not biblical logic, nor is it true spirituality. The gospel saves us from death, not by removing death, but by helping us to face it in the power of Christ’s victory and thus to overcome it. So, too, with sin. And similarly with discouragement. Faith in Christ does not remove all of the causes of discouragement; rather, it enables us to overcome them. We may experience discouragement; but we will not be defeated by it.

If you want to read more, here is the link


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