Friday, April 5, 2019

Five Star Links

Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 


This is a brief article which discusses whether or not anxiety is a sin. It does provide a very helpful starting point. However, the brevity of the article, while helpful initially, does not communicate the complexity of anxiety. While I do agree with this article's points, as someone who deals with anxiety and has been crippled by it, I have two questions: first, has the author personally dealt with it, and second, has the author done any research on the topic. The fact that someone would ask a para church organization whether or not anxiety is a sin tells me that people still need to understand this issue. 


This is a thought-provoking post by Jason Meyer on Jonathan Edwards and our reaction to the knowledge that he was a slave owner. We can overreact or under-react, neither of which is helpful. But it is worth considering this:
He could connect theological dots like no one else. If he could succumb to such obvious, woeful oppression and injustice and theological hypocrisy, then we should be spurred on to greater levels of self-examination. Where are our blind spots? Or where do we willfully turn a blind eye to things we’re simply afraid to address?

The “life everlasting” keeps eternity in view as we grieve and pray for the suffering in this world and contemplate our own mortality. For all the joys we have tasted, sin has left its mark on our bodies and minds. No one is exempt from sickness and death, and the latest news is ample evidence of how far we have fallen. This is hardly our best life now, and we should be pitied of all people if the present is all we have to look forward to. But Jesus has promised us, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” (John 11:25-26 NASB)

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