In this post, I want to tackle the much-asked question: “As a Christian, is it ok for me to watch [insert generic TV show]?” Somewhat surprisingly, the 16th-century “Solas” (Latin for ‘alone’) of the Reformation act as a useful test or filter through which we can measure our cultural consumption...
Here are my favorite quotes from key Christian articles around the web relevant to Valentine’s Day 2019. Check out why marriage is a covenant, not a contract, or the 5 myths about Song of Songs.
Marriage: A Covenant, Not a Contract (J. Alan Branch, For the Church)
Marriage is a covenant and not a contract. Marriage is intended to be commitment to which we maintain trust and fidelity until separated by death. In a covenant, we put the needs of the relationship ahead of our own needs, humbly serving each other much as Christ serves the church.
Love Made Us (Quina Aragon, Risen Motherhood)
In Christ, you were love-made by a God who chose, called, and came for you. You are defined as a beloved child of God himself. This is the hope that purifies, not the crossing off of today’s “to-dos.” This is the soul-defining truth that compels and empowers us to sacrificially love others day in and day out.
5 Myths about the Song of Songs (Leland Ryken, Crossway)
The Song of Songs is not an allegory, but it is part of a bigger mystery—the mystery of the Father’s love in Jesus Christ for his beloved and beautiful bride. So the song is not just about a man who loves a woman. It is also about the love of all loves, which means that there is a place in this story for all of us.
Three Ways God’s Love Was Made Manifest (Danny Russell, Unlocking the Bible)
Our love must be made manifest in sharing life with others. We are called to a life filled with the fellowship of the believers. We are called to bear one another’s burdens. And, we are called to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.
Five Steps You Can Take to Keep Your Heart (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
The person who is far from God has no interest in looking into his own heart. But when God gives you a new heart, you have a new interest in keeping it, as he calls you to do. Examining your heart to discover the trends of sin in your own life is something that godly people do.