Just a brief break this month. Matt and Shaun will be back in March.
Enjoy your winter! Grab a cup of hot cocoa and catch up on those older ‘casts you’ve been meaning to catch up on (hint, hint).
Welcome to the New Year! Our hearts go out this year to those who lost loved ones in the recent Connecticut massacre. Perhaps you’ve suffered yourself at the hands of great evil and are asking, “Where next?” Matt and Shaun offer hope and realistic answers to the problem that no amount of New Year’s resolutions can conquer.
Loss of the Innocents (NYT), Ross Douthat
4 Wrong Answers to the Question “Why Me?”, Tim Keller
Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, John Piper
It’s that holly, jolly time of year where everyone tries to “be good” so that Santa will bring them something. Everybody except the cynics, that is. What is a cynic? They see everybody for the “pretenders” that they are. Bah humbug.
Why can seeing the falsehoods and failures of those around us be so debilitating? How can I find hope in the midst of the mess that is this life? Well, have you ever considered the work of the ordinary means of grace in bringing you to see that God wants you weak, so that He can show Himself strong. Have hope, cynic, you’re worse off than you think! And God, He is just as strong as ever to save.
Matt’s Musings, Ministry Leaders, Cynicism, and the Gospel
Jerram Barrs, The Saturation of Cynicism (Scroll down to page 2.)
J.F. Baldwin, The Deadliest Monster
A little late this month due to Hurricane Sandy, but right on topic, namely suffering. Natural disasters aren’t the only cause of suffering, though. There is physical suffering, relational suffering, and even suffering for the truth. The Apostle Paul calls Christians to “follow him in suffering”. What does he mean? How can we do that? Join us this month as we tackle a topic easier to talk about than to live, and so one in which we desperately need God’s grace.
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs
Learning to Be Happy (Modern English version of Burroughs)
Contentment, A.W. Pink
We believe the Gospel. But do we live it? With others? Sometimes, as our guest this month suggests, we can be most irritable with our neighbor when we are trying to live the Christian life in our own strength. The Gospel, on the other hand, offers a marvelous freedom to actually enjoy serving God! This is a month not to miss.