Worth a Look 3.4.15


Worth5Kindle Deal of the Day: Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior. $3.79.

The enthralling biography of the woman writer who helped end the slave trade, changed Britain’s upper classes, and taught a nation how to read.

Matthew Schmitz on the problem with how we’re using the word “problematic” these days:

This is how we now talk in public. We condemn things not for being ungentlemanly or childish, but for being offensive, hurtful, or outrageous—in short, for being problematic. As Douglas saw, this means we are “freed from a system of rigid positions but made a prisoner of a system of feelings and abstract principles.”

Corina and I don’t have cable, but whenever we’re traveling or on vacation, we inevitably watch HGTV home renovation shows. Melanie Rainer explains the popularity behind these redemption stories:

More than just enjoying the beauty created in front of the cameras, we love renovation stories because they echo the desire in all of us to be rediscovered and remade. We’re all a work in a progress, each of us a fixer-upper in our own right. We see ourselves in tired old homes and long for a life-saving gospel renovation in our own hearts.

Matt Capps describes the church as a fellowshipping people, and why our fellowship matters:

Our deep, free, and lasting fellowship is more central to the Christian life than we might have previously imagined.

“Lord, make me a generous father!” I echo this prayer:

It’s my responsibility as a dad to teach my kids, both implicitly and explicitly, what their true heavenly Father is like, and it is a mighty responsibility. It takes my breath away to consider that, whether they know it or not, the primary way my kids are learning about their Father in heaven is through their father on earth. So what kind of Father is He, and therefore what kind of father must I strive to be? Among other things, He is a generous Father.