9/27 Links

Ray Ortlund: Rejoice, O young man, in your youth

It is God’s good and holy will, young man, that you not live as though the divine hammer is about to fall, so there’s no point in even trying at life.  If you are in Christ, the hammer fell on him at the cross 2000 years ago.  You are under the smile of God, his lavish goodness in both creation and redemption, freeing you from all life-negating fears.

Eric Ortlund: Never More in Love

I think what the “man after God’s own heart” means is David’s faith. We hear the word “heart” and, in our own cultural context, think of David as a man of passionate spirituality, and picture him singing psalms and all that. Which is true – but “heart” in Hebrew (לֵב) is something more like “core”–the deepest part of you that thinks and plans and worships and reacts and interprets and (yes) feels too. And YHWH is saying, in essence, David will interpret reality differently from Saul: he will factor me in in a way Saul just won’t.

Ronnie Martin: Hey Worship Leader, Are You a Theological Lightweight?

Let’s face it, in the world of vocational ministry, the terms “theologically astute” and “music guy” don’t typically meet, fall in love and get married.

And this is not ok.


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