Hello! Thanks for visiting. This is the weekly edition of “Links I Like,” an assortment of stories I found enlightening or encouraging throughout the week. I hope you’re likewise encouraged by what you find.
An excerpt from a longer post by Chad Bird.
Take the time to read this grieving, grace-filled statement from pastor and counselor Paul Tripp.
We all have skeletons in the closet — secrets that’d make us absolutely die if they were exposed. There are sins in the darkest corners of us that we work and strive and bleed and sweat to keep there. Our lives devolve into nothing more than keeping some things hidden and saving face. None of us like to look marred or imperfect, especially in front of our peers, so we exhaust our lives trying be perfect and look perfect. It comes as no surprise, though, that when imperfections arise we squash them and chastise their owner.
If you’ve spent any amount of time in church, you’re probably already familiar with, perhaps, the most celebrated and esteemed passages of Scripture, that of, John 3:16. Those words of Christ, which read, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life,” have been so popularized throughout history, near colloquial, that even unbelievers and non-followers of Jesus are, at the very least, familiar with the words.
What’s the greatest thing about the gospel? At first, this may seem like an esoteric question, an undeserved delineation or distinction that’s nothing more than debate-fodder for those who have nothing better to do with their time or academic sophistications. Be that as it may, while the whole of the gospel is the greatest good for mankind, I contend there’s one thing that’s greater than all the others…