// saturday round-up (20/11)

Okay, welcome to the first saturday round-up of the new blog routine! Every saturday, I’ll aim to compile six or seven of the best links that have been posted by other people in the past week and then give you a short summary of what to expect from each:

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// resting in the will of God: a great prayer from Tim Challies’ excellent blog, and courtesy of a man called Pastor Scotty Smith, about dealing with anxiety and not knowing the direction in which God is leading you. It’s wise, thought-provoking and it seemed pretty pertinent, for me at least, so give it a look.

// Americans have it pretty rough: Matt over at the Church of No People is a blogger i have real respect for, not least because he has developed a great community and interaction with the guys who comment on his blog. He’s been on great form lately, and his thoughts on The Execution of Christ, by Chinese artists the Gao brothers, are no exception, reflecting on democracy and the perils of the instant commentary tradition. Highly recommended.

// are you a three-strike pastor? I’ve just recently discovered Monday Morning Insight, and these reflections on a pastor who was secretly filmed by an Oklahoma City television station spending hours and thousands of dollars at a strip club are a sobering reminder of the importance of integrity to anyone who has ever told themselves (as most of us probably have) “it’s only a little sin”.

// the Jesus Juke: at some point in their life, pretty much everybody in the Christian world must have been “Jesus Juked”. It’s happened to me in airports, at weddings and in coffee shops, and nobody tells it quite like Jon Acuff does. If you have no idea what i’m talking about, go here and find out. I’m guessing you’ll know the feeling.

// the end of flowerdust.com: this week the writer Anne Jackson announced that she was closing down her website Flowerdust to start a new website that is entirely focussed on being a place for her to write. Her reflections here provide some great context in the recent debate between writing and blogging, and whether there is a difference, as well as a link to her new project, www.annejacksonwrites.com, which looks really exciting.

// the six-second kiss: and finally, i’m not married, but Jani Ortlund’s comments on a simple way to build an effective marriage (courtesy of the resurgence) in the midst of the busyness of normal life sounds like a pretty good principle to me.

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And that’s the first saturday round-up done! Hopefully I’ll see you back here for sunday music tomorrow. And in the meantime, in the words of Jude:

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Amen indeed. Thanks for reading.

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