📷 blog challenge | Day 7: panorama

6 panorama pictures stacked in a square

📷 blog challenge | Day 6: well

At our Bible study tonight, one of the kids requested that we sing It Is Well With My Soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless esstate, and has shed his own blood for my soul.

Picture of the hymn It Is Well with My Soul

📷 blog challenge | Day 5: forest + bonus haiku

I took this pic of a giant tree growing on top of a ginormous California Redwood stump.

What appears to be a big tree growing out of the stump of a California Redwood

O how we can stand
On the shoulders of giants
Long after they’ve gone.

Finished reading: Crossroads: a step-by-step guide away from addiction, by Edward T. Welch. Welch’s approach is helpful and theologically well-grounded. Many insights clearly expressed. Those who work through this with a friend, group, or counselor will find much more success than those who don’t. 📚

Finished reading: The Enemy Within: Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin by Kris Lundgaard. I’m using this book, along with others, for A Practical Guide on How to Fight Sin—a class I’m teaching right now. I’ve already read this book several times and can’t recommend it highly enough. 📚

Listening: K-LOVE 90s. On Music and iHeart. 🎵🩵🎸

The Utter Folly of the Cross by Jeremy Treat reminds us why it is so shocking— especially in the first century—that people follow and worship Jesus.

🎵 Because of @craigmcclellan and music discover on Micro.blog, I am now a fan of The Arcadian Wild. Thanks!

Scottish Presbyterian, Thomas Boston, (1676-1732) was a big fan of Martin Luther. Boston writes:

“That great man of God, a third Elias, and a second Paul, (if I may venture the expression) though he was no inspired teacher, was endued with a great measure of the spirit of them both . . .”

James Fisher:

Q. 25. How should we glorify God in eating and drinking?

A. By taking a right to the supports of natural life, through the second Adam, the heir of all things, who has purchased a covenant right to temporal, as well as spiritual mercies, for his people, 1 Cor. 3:21-23; and thankfully acknowledging God for the same, 1 Tim. 4:4, 5.

Getting ready for a wedding! Genesis 2:18.

Flowers and fabric arch for a couple on their wedding day

Can you do tent camping with a family of seven? Yes! And if you survive the night, everyone looks so sweet and comfy in the morning.

family in sleeping bags in a tent

Retiring the #GirlBoss by Lois McLatchie suggests a there may be positive change in the air for women.

🎙️Guy Waters does a great job in this interview explaining how and why the Sabbath is important. If this is something you’ve been wondering about, this interview is a great place to start.

Tucson-based classical composer Joshua Nichols has released an album of piano music called Metropolis. And the more I listen to it the more I love it. One reviewer wrote:

Joshua’s style invokes and balances the unique ‘cart blanch’ approach to 20th and 21st century and the beauty of prior periods of the classical art music. His music is a unique blend of tonal practice with the allure of modern compositional style, coupled with a mature sense of timing, phrase, melody, harmony, and drama. You will also hear his unapologetic influences from music history.

A good description. 🎵

The world can feel very big sometimes.

A little animal on the ground at an outdoor restaurant

If you heard my talk on Gregory of Nazianzus this week (and for orthers who might be interested), the autobiographical poems I mentioned are available in a digital edition that you can borrow for free. If you’re looking for something entertaining and edifying to read this Sunday, give one a try.

archives.design, collected and curated by Valerie Marier, is “a digital archive of graphic design related items that are available on the Internet Archives.” Very cool. (via)

Grandpa doesn’t like AI Boyfriend! but why??? lol [via]