Retirement?

Vocation in Retirement
by Gene Edward Veith for The Aquila Report
 
When I retired after more than four decades of college teaching and administrating, I expected certain people to give me a hard time. “So, the author of three books on vocation is retiring,” I could imagine them saying. “I thought you said work is a calling from God. Unless God canceled His call, how can you retire?” Actually, my friends have been supportive and haven’t thrown this in my face. But I have had to ask myself that question. Surprisingly, my retirement has brought me to a deeper sense of vocation.

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Love Thy Body

Love Thy Body
 
by Louis Markos for reformation 21
 
The Fall of 2017 saw a rash of sexual misconduct accusations and lawsuits leveled against such high-profile celebrities as Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, Russell Simmons and Mark Halperin, Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Spacey, Louis C. K. and Garrison Keillor. The news was tragic indeed, revealing the moral decay at the heart of the entire media industry. And yet, in the midst of the tragedy, there is a grim irony that has the potential to wake up our country.

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Scripture Twisting by Jen Hatmaker

Hatmaker Explains Why She Rejected the “bad fruit”
of the Bible’s Teaching about Sexuality
 
by Denny Burke
 
Last week, Pete Enns interviewed Jen Hatmaker about her recent exit from evangelical Christianity. You can listen below:
 
 
The interview focuses on Hatmaker’s decision to embrace homosexual immorality as consistent with following Jesus. Among other things, Hatmaker describes all the consequences that have resulted from that decision-lost book contracts, cancelled speaking engagements, estranged friends and church members. She describes a harrowing emotional cost for her decision to walk away from the 2,000-year old teaching of the Christian church.

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US Christianity Is NOT Shrinking

 
New Harvard Research Says US Christianity
Is Not Shrinking, But Growing Stronger
by Glenn T. Stanton for The Aquila Report
 
“Meanwhile, a widespread decline in churchgoing and religious affiliation had contributed to a growing anxiety among conservative believers.” Statements like this are uttered with such confidence and frequency that most Americans accept them as uncontested truisms. This one emerged just this month in an exceedingly silly article in The Atlantic on Vice President Mike Pence.
 
Religious faith in America is going the way of the Yellow Pages and travel maps, we keep hearing. It’s just a matter of time until Christianity’s total and happy extinction, chortle our cultural elites. Is this true? Is churchgoing and religious adherence really in “widespread decline” so much so that conservative believers should suffer “growing anxiety”?
 
Two words: Absolutely not.
 

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No Little Sins?

No Little Sins?
by Gabriel Williams for reformation 21
 
After reading Nick’s article on whether some sins are worse than other sins, a related conversation came to mind. Some time ago, I was talking with a man who did not believe in the scriptural truth regarding eternal judgment. He certainly believed that some sins are worse than others; however, his conclusion from that statement was that God will not hold “little sins” to his account. In thinking about this conversation, two examples come to my mind.
 

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Why We Should Escape Social Media

Why We Should Escape Social Media
(And Why We Don’t)
by Tony Reinke for desiringGod.org
 
Yet another former Facebook exec has issued a warning about how his previous employer has conditioned us with bad habits, poisoned our civic lives, fleeced our sanity, and sabotaged our relationships. This time it’s Chamath Palihapitiya, age 41, now a venture capitalist and co-owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
 

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How to Serve a Bad Boss

How to Serve a Bad Boss
by John Piper
 
Rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does,
this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. (Ephesians 6:7-8)
 
Consider these five things from Ephesians 6:7-8 in connection to your job.
 

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The Glory of Plodding

The Glory of Plodding
by Kevin DeYoung for The Aquila Report
 
It’s sexy among young people-my generation-to talk about ditching institutional religion and starting a revolution of real Christ-followers living in real community without the confines of church. Besides being unbiblical, such notions of churchless Christianity are unrealistic. It’s immaturity actually, like the newly engaged couple who think romance preserves the marriage, when the couple celebrating their golden anniversary know it’s the institution of marriage that preserves the romance. Without the God-given habit of corporate worship and the God-given mandate of corporate accountability, we will not prove faithful over the long haul.

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Mary Did You Know?

Mary, Did You Know?
What the Catholic Church Teaches About the Mother of Jesus
by Thomas Schreiner for desiringgod.org
 
What should we make of Mary, the mother of Jesus the Messiah?
 
Protestants and Catholics have strenuously disagreed for five hundred years. We need to understand the Catholic teaching about Mary before we consider why Protestants stand in opposition.
 
The first thing to be said is that the view of Mary, which is accepted in the Roman Catholic Church today, developed slowly. Doctrinal development does not pose a problem for Catholics since they believe Scripture and tradition constitute authority.
 

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Don’t Follow Your Heart

Why Following Your heart Can’t Make You Happy
 
by Timothy W. Massaro
 
 
Look Within, Follow Your Dreams
 
We are often told to look into our hearts and to follow our dreams in order to find happiness and peace, meaning and fulfillment. And yet, the truth could not be further from this idea. It is not that Christianity is against happiness but that true happiness and fulfillment are found in denying ourselves and finding it in others: in God and in our neighbors.
 

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