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It’s dark and it’s quiet in my house tonight
Babies are all gone to sleep
It’s hard to imagine a better life
Than the one I get to lead

My blood and my bones
My heart and my hands
They try to hold all of this in
But I’m running to you like a west Texas wind
Singing God I need you, oh, how I need you
God I need you again

This song is in the key of D. That’s my sweet spot and my mandola loves it. Needless to say, it has been sung countless times around my campfires these last few years. Needtobreathe released it right after our third child was born and it keeps echoing through the walls of our house. Give it a listen to start your Tuesday.

In this world of hurt, no one deserves
To drown in all these fears
Oh, joy, oh, joy, come roll away
These temporary tears

Oh, joy, don’t you leave me
Just say you’ll lead me here
Oh, joy, oh, joy, come roll away
These temporary tears

It’s so hard to hear
The hidden hallelujah
Forgotten the words, it’s been so long

The second you feel it, let it speak
On through you, yeah
Sing over you, just like a song

My last two years have been full of temporary tears and hidden hallelujahs. I have learned to soak in the blessings, to not be embittered by the valleys, to set up camp in the desert and the gardens, and worship there.

O dear Friend, when your grief presses you to the very dust, worship there!

Charles H. Spurgeon

The reason I fight for my right to qualify my words on ethnicity and sex the way I do is not because I want to make the race hustlers or misogyny-mongers happy. I know I will never be able to do that. I do it because I want to make it crystal clear that their accusations are false.

[…]

I want to fight for the truth in such a way as to make people accuse me of being a bigot. I also want to fight in such a way as to make it manifestly clear to all the sensible observers that I am not a bigot. The point is not to endear myself to the progressives. The point is to fight the progressives more effectively.

As the Fighting Moderates Mount the Lone Bulwark, Douglas Wilson

These words echo hard with me. Christian, you will be insulted. When you are, praise God harder (1 Peter 4:12-14, 1 Peter 3:14, Matthew 5:11, and many more.) Realize that you will not convince those that call you names— misogynist, racist, bigot, Nazi— that you are not. But you can make it crystal clear to the sensible observers that their accusations are false.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Colossians 1:15-23 ESV

You really should give up preaching, and blogging, and publishing, and declaring, and challenging, and prophetically pronouncing. And why? Gashmu saith it. And who is Gashmu? We are not sure exactly, but it distresses us that he is displeased.

Gashmu Saith It, Douglas Wilson

This book is essentially a long article. Hour and a half on Canon+. Have I mentioned Canon+ yet here? Looks like I have not. Canon Press publishes lots of good books, Canon+ is their streaming service. Documentaries, lots of video content, and audiobooks. Lots of them. And not just Canon Press books. $7.99 a month and you can watch and listen to any of these. I pay for Audible too, but they give you a credit a month to buy one book with. Canon+ is unlimited books. If you are a Christian— especially with Calvinist leaning— and want to read more, you cannot go wrong subscribing to Canon+.

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

Charles De Gaulle

Just finished Ploductivity from Douglas Wilson. Good, short book on work.

I just finished my 6th book of the year, The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler. Personally I don’t like consuming “self-help” style books and this one is certainly getting too close to the border of that category, but I was encouraged to read a book on leadership for a goal at work.

Albert Mohler is an author, preacher, and podcaster that I greatly respect and quote regularly. I’ll say that one of my key takeaways from this one was that I need to read more biographies of leaders, so I’m fairly sure I’ll be doing that.

When the leader writes, he writes to inform, to motivate, to explain, and to inspire. Sometimes the leader has to clarify, correct, or even sound an alarm. Whatever the context, words matter and the effective leader works hard to develop the ability to write clearly, cogently, and powerfully.

The Conviction to Lead, Chapter 20

Note that I’ve also updated my Shelf to include the remaining 2023 books.

Lot of great discussion of modern worship music, the depth of lyrics vs. what AI can do, practical uses of AI in songwriting, and more. This is a solid video.

Thomas Cranmer was a great hero of the faith, and a martyr. He was also a man who buckled under pressure at the end of life, and signed a paper recanting his biblical position. But he was also a man who courageously recanted his recantation, and was immediately hustled off to be burned. He then put his offending hand, the one that had signed his earlier denial of the truth, into the fire so that it might be the first to burn. So do not despise the coward/heroes. God uses them.

The Trap of Donatism Lite

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Edmund was a poisonous little beast, and so one of the things Aslan did was die for him in order to make him a king.

Good read on dealing with cowards and specifically cowards that are making amends after recognizing their cowardice. Jesus died for cowards too. Forgive them and welcome them home.

Yesterday I added another point of metadata to articles: Scripture. I’ll say upfront that I stole the idea from Tim Challies. I noticed recently that I’ve been trying to use tags to bring together articles that mention the same book— especially Psalms and Proverbs. Seeing how Tim was handling it separate from tags made a ton of since. I modified the definition of a post in Astro, adding books and verses as data points. Now if you look at a post with Scripture references, you will see the info in the footer and be able to tap to see more articles with those verses and books.

Next I’ll add landing pages to list all books and verses used on the site and a recommendation block on posts.