Coffee Break (August 30)

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Nashville Statement

Precious Clarity on Human Sexuality: Introducing the Nashville Statement, A message from John Piper: “Last Friday, August 25, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) jointly hosted a gathering of Christian leaders in Nashville. The purpose of the meeting was to finalize and approve the Nashville Statement in the hope of providing a biblically faithful standard in our day on these particular issues of human sexuality. I read the statement with a kind of sorrowful joy, which seems inevitable when beautiful light is spoken into tragic darkness.”

How Christians Can Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

This is a super helpful article from Michelle Lesley. It’s loaded with excellent advice and wisdom.

The Bad News About Floating Fire Ants

Matt Simon of Wired shares this skin-crawling article about the floating fire ant colonies in the flooded waters of Texas. He shares why they weren’t around after Katrina, how to deal with them, and what they are actually doing. My kids love this stuff. Me? I have the heebie-jeebies.

Why Titus Matters for Women

Anca Martin shares this edifying article on why all of Titus, not just chapter two, is such an important book for us women. “I have found myself treating Titus 2 as little more than a gender-identity workshop. Too often we tragically cut Titus 2 off from the larger context in an overly personalized way. For years I have been drawn to biblical verses and books dealing with womanhood, selectively zooming to passages that deal with the issue, and skimming through most of everything else.

But I’ve come to the conclusion that chopping off sections of the Bible, in the way I was doing, produces nothing more than obstructed and skewed identities. In other words, we understand our gendered Identity less clearly. We can have a narrow-mindedness focus about Christian womanhood. Our identity as women created in God’s image is at its best when received in the context of the entirety of God’s story, firmly rooted in all of God’s word, and distinctively placed in our local church.”

For the Car Ride

God of the Exiles (Part 1 of 2) “It seems our world is growing increasingly post-modern with very little reference to a personal God. On Truth For Life, Alistair Begg begins a relevant new series called, ‘And He Shall Reign,’ offering insight from the book of Daniel on how to survive in a culture that’s hostile toward our faith.” (25 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.