Wednesday, May 30, 2007
All the other talks have been made available courtesy of Sovereign Grace Ministries here. So check out such talks like discerning your doctrine, your culture, the gray matters and know how to apply!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Peter Marshall, a young Scotsman who became chaplain of the
The emancipation of womanhood began with Christianity and ends with Christianity…When women in this country achieved equality with men, it was accomplished only by stepping down from the pedestal on which Christianity, chivalry, and idealism had placed her… So she copied the vices of men – in the name of progress! It is not progress to go down in a downward direction. It is not progress to lower and to lose ideals!
No woman ever became lovelier by losing her essential femininity...
needs young women who will build true homes, whether they live in two rooms – or ten… whether starched white organdie curtains hang at the windows – or silk damask...We need homes where harassed husbands may find peace, understanding, refreshment of body and soul…Where children may find the warmth of love…Where friends may find hospitality, graciousness and joy. America
Only out of such homes will go men with strength and courage to …build a new and better world. To make such homes is, therefore, any woman’s supreme contribution to her country and to her generation.
At times when we hear reports of young women falling into binge-drinking and other kinds of behaviour, which have usually been the territory of men, this is a timely reminder that compromising our God-given femininity is not for anyone’s benefit. Peter’s words speak volumes to today’s society, where the role of wife, mother and homemaker has become desperately under-valued. Many women, whether temporarily at home with children, or permanently so by choice, can find it hard to admit that they are not out in the workplace, with a job title, bringing home wages. Yet Catherine Marshall sums up her view like this;
There might well have been some conflict between Peter and me over his strong views on the role of women in marriage, had I not discovered early in our life together that putting these ideas into practice brought me joy and satisfaction at a deep level. Such non-feminist ideas meant that I was single-minded in the marriage relationship. I was not a divided personality, and no effort was made to channel any part of it in other directions. Nor was any of this hardship or a sacrifice…For I was discovering for myself during those years the profound truth of that ancient and inexorable law that “he who loseth his life shall find it”.By celebrating and living out our God-given femininity, we are serving “the Master” in a way that pleases him and brings help and healing to a hurting world. Girls – let’s not be scared to be different!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I'm working my way through the New Testament Survey which is taught by Dr Bill Mounce and I can highly recommend it.
Monday, May 21, 2007
The author has gone through a number of difficult trials over recent years and during that time her pastor preached on Psalm 57, giving her the idea for this book. This Psalm was written by David while he was in the cave, fleeing from Saul and the book walks us through this Psalm, pointing out the relevance to our lives today in the difficulties we face.
This is not a book of glib platitudes or quick-fixes but instead, it points us consistently to the cross and God's gracious, sovereign purposes:
In our trials, it's important for us to remember that everything we have was purchased for us by a merciful and loving Saviour. He was forsaken so that we would not be. He was punished so that we could be set free. The assurance that we have in the midst of our storm is that God's ear is always open to our cry and that He's not punishing us for our sins but rather has poured out every drop of His just wrath on His innocent Son.The book also comes with a CD containing readings and songs, one of which was written specially. It is also a treasure trove of helpful quotes and poems. Each chapter ends with five or six questions for personal reflection.
Yes, we are suffering, but our suffering is not judgement for our sin, will not be eternal and is something we don't walk through alone. It is true that there are times when we reap the consequences of our sin, but even in this reaping, we are not being punished by God. He does discipline us, but His discipline is always redemptive and remedial, never punitive. He does correct us for our good and out of love, but if we're in His Son, we'll never know His eternal judgement and displeasure. He's with us even in our failures and is using them to benefit our soul and cause us to love the cross more and more.
I highly recommend this book, especially if you are going through a difficult trial. You can find out more about the author in an interview she gave over at The Purple Cellar (part one and part two).
Friday, May 18, 2007
On that note I was interested to come across a long comment thread over at Amy's Humble Musings on whether or not to have an epidural! If this is something that interests you head on over and check out the discussion here. It seems to be a hot topic over the pond given that Amy herself has yet to give her views on the subject!
For those of you who want to know, both Catriona and I would both concur, "epidurals all the way!" Having experienced birth once with and the other without I know what tack I'm taking the third time around!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
- A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot
- A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by Miriam Huffman Rockness
- Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn by Gloria Repp
- Elizabeth Prentiss: More Love To Thee by Sharon James
- Though Lions Roar: The Story of Helen Roseveare by Mary Beth Lagerborg
- Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper
- Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur by Frank Houghton
- By Searching and In the Arena by Isobel Kuhn
- Goforth of China by Rosalind Goforth
- Climbing by Rosalind Goforth
- Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Diebler Rose
- Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot
- To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson
- Hudson Taylor: The Growth of a Soul by Howard Taylor
- Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Howard Taylor
- Children of the Storm by Natasha Vins
- Gladys Aylward: Missionary to China by Sam Wellman
- Daktar by Viggo Olsen
- My Heart in His Hands by Sharon James
- Mountain Rain by Eileen Crossman
- Behind the Ranges: The Life Changing Story of J.O. Fraser by Geraldine Taylor
- John Paton by Benjamin Unseth
- Peace Child by Don Richardson
- The Valley is Bright by Nell Collins
- Susannah Spurgeon by Charles Ray
- Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn
- The God I Love by Joni Eareckson Tada
- Mimosa by Amy Carmichael
- Second-Mile People by Isobel Kuhn
- In The Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham
- Left to Tell: One Woman's Story of Surviving the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza
- Eric Liddell: Pure Gold: A New Biography Of The Olympic Champion Who Inspired Chariots Of Fire by David McCasland
- The story of Lady Jane Grey: The Nine Day Queen by Faith Cook
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Taking care of my husband. He is the most important person in my life. God puts people in the sphere of our influence all around us: our neighbors, our friends, people in our community. If we are invited to go speak somewhere, sure those are individuals in the audience. But that individual behind closed doors that you’re at home with, whether it’s—well, my husband, of course, but the children, perhaps that’s some of our listeners, mothers, their husbands, the family circle. The people in that sphere of influence—they are the most important individuals. And for me certainly that is my husband, Ken.Let me encourage you to read the rest of the interview here, full of humour, serious, practical, inspiring and of course, has all the ingredients of a good love story!
We’re coming up on 25 years of marriage. He indeed is the most important person in my life. If it doesn’t work with him, if my testimony is not living out with him, if I cannot be clear and transparent with him behind closed doors, then I better not be going out and speaking anywhere, saying anything that doesn’t first work at home.
(HT: Solo Femininity)
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
If the typical stay-at-home mother in the United States were paid for her work as a housekeeper, cook and psychologist among other roles, she would earn $138,095 a year, according to research released on Wednesday.I wonder what we'd earn if they actually took into account the more than 10 jobs stay-at-home mum's do!
The 10 jobs listed as comprising a mother's work were housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, van driver, facilities manager, janitor, computer operator, chief executive officer and psychologist, it said.
The typical mother puts in a 92-hour work week, it said, working 40 hours at base pay and 52 hours overtime.
(HT: Justin Taylor)