Coffee Break (August 28)

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Helping Houston

As we watch the disaster from our screens, I know we are all feeling so helpless and burdened by what is happening in Texas. I found this article to be a light: From the Flooded Grounds of Houston, by J.A. Medders. Read about what’s going on in Houston and ways you can join the relief.

That Monster, Unbelief

It takes a little extra brain power (and maybe a little extra coffee) to read articles like this one from For The Church, but it’s worth the effort. They are so rich! “Strive with all diligence to keep out that monster unbelief. It so dishonours Christ, that he will withdraw his visible presence if we insult him by indulging it. It is true it is a weed, the seeds of which we can never entirely extract from the soil, but we must aim at its root with zeal and perseverance. Among hateful things it is the most to be abhorred. Its injurious nature is so venomous that he that exerciseth it and he upon whom it is exercised are both hurt thereby.”

Moms: Let’s Stop Drinking the Kool-Aid

A dear friend of mine sent me this article from The Gospel-Centered Mom, and I’m thankful she did! This is a poignant topic for us mamas today. “‘Okay, I’m just going to ask it.’ The young mom took a deep breath. A group of us stood around, babies on hips, watching the older kids run around the park. “What do you moms think about…vaccines?” Her last word was spoken in a hush, like an inappropriate word. This new mom was seeking wisdom and advice, but she was afraid of stepping on a landmine. And she did. There were as many different opinions as there were moms – and each held to her opinion with a polite smile and white knuckles.”

Technology and Reading

In this article Tim Challies offers thoughts on the rise of digital technology and the decline of reading. “The latest casualty of our digital technologies is reading. Many people have expressed how there was once a time when they loved to read, but today they find it grueling. There was once a time reading came easy, but now it seems to be hard. The difference, they say, is all these new technologies. So it must be technology’s fault, right?

Maybe. But I don’t think it’s quite that simple. Let me offer a few thoughts on the rise of digital technologies and the decline of reading.”

For the Car Ride

Knowing Faith is a brand new podcast from The Village Church. Here is their very first episode: #1 – What Is Knowing Faith? “We introduce our new podcast with Jen Wilkin, JT English and Kyle Worley and discuss the single biggest theological and biblical issues facing the church today. (27 minutes)

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Jessica Pickowicz

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Jessica is the founder and lead writer of Beautiful Thing. She is wife to pastor/ church-planter Nate Pickowicz, and mama of two.