And Now from the Rest of the World . . . – A Smattering of Links of Interest

I don’t usually do this, but in the last couple of days I have come across several things which I found interesting and wished to link on my blog.  The first one is a post on Dr. Russel Moore’s blog concerning the recent passing of American writer John Updike.  Dr. Moore is the Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary (nice school they’ve got there) and his post offers many insights into why Updike was important to understanding American thought.  I liked the fact that in this psuedo-eulogy for the writer Moore was unafraid to admit that he has “read all Updike’s novels but the last one,” which, given the content of most of these novels, may surprise some.  To me it is just comforting to know that I’m not alone in thinking that Christians enjoy literature outside of the Left Behind series.  the article can be read here.

The second bit I want to offer is another article that was forwarded to me by a missionary out of Europe.  As you know, I have spoken often about my heart towards restoring the church in the great city of London, and in this article from Time magazine the presence of Christianity there today gets addressed.  The focus is a recent rise in Christian beliefs among the young adult high society in London, particularly as associated with the evangelical Anglican fellowship at Holy Trinity Brompton.  This is definitely encouraging, but as you read, know that when they say “London has quietly become one of Britain’s most Christian areas,” this means that it is weighing in at a whopping 9% population attending church, versus 8% nationally.  Also, note that it is rising in immigrants and the elite, but nothing seems to be happening among the working class Londoner, which is a majority of people.  Still, this is encouraging.  Read here.

Lastly, I would want to link you guys to Paul David Tripp’s sermon from this past Sunday night at Tenth Presbyterian in Philadelphia, PA.  He was covering 1 Kings 1.1-10 about David nearing death and the power grab attempted by his son Adonijah.  This was a strong message and contained at least two wonderful exhortations.  The first was about parents responsibility in raising their children appropriately and the second, which hit me hard as I have also been meditating on it this week in considering 1 Thessalonians 5.12-28, was about the role of man’s responsibility as being the ordained means to completing God’s ends.  Paul Tripp is quickly becoming one of my favorite teachers and would certainly be worth your time to listen to as you devote your time to study and learning.  Link to it here.

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