Featured Articles on Trans·formed This Week
Shopping and False Intimacy. In his recent book The Power of Habit, author Charles DuHigg shares a similar story about the cheap-chic department store Target. The retailer has so much data on each customer, that they can accurately predict which customers are pregnant. Yes, you read that right: they know you are having a baby before half of your next of kin know. And what do they do with this juicy tidbit of data? They customize the circular you receive in the mail to include ads for baby-related products such as formula, diapers, and strollers.
If You Have Faith, I Know God Will Give You Children. Elizabeth Price in her Stepping Stones article admits these women failed to encourage her because although they walked down a similar path of barrenness their path led to giving birth to a child. Unlike these matriarchs of the faith, Elizabeth found she needed a message from God when the answer to her prayer was no.
Where Are the Jeremiahs When We Need Them? This would be familiar territory for Jeremiah. His was a world of profound spiritual neglect, one that relied on people rather than God. Israel, just prior to its dismantling, made some disastrous choices—choices similar to the ones our present culture is making—choices that were suicidal. But then, as Plantinga put it, any time we choose sin it is like pulling the plug on your own resuscitator.
Other Articles on Trans·formed This Week
- Alistair Begg at the Spurgeon Fellowship. Alistair Begg is widely regarded as one of the finest preachers in America today. And last week he was at Western Seminary speaking at the latest Spurgeon Fellowship. If you weren’t able to attend, we don’t want you to miss out. So here he is preaching on Judges 7.
Other Posts of Interest from around the Web
- How Does a Pastor Shepherd Widows and Widowers Who Desire Cohabitation? This is especially common among the elderly who meet someone, desire to get married and share their life with this person, but may lose benefits and financial compensation from their first marriage or the government if they remarry. As a result, many couples are choosing to share their life together, live together, declare they are married before God, but are bypassing the state’s recognition of their marriage to keep their benefits.
- The Far Less Sensational Truth about Jesus’ ‘Wife’. During my class break yesterday (ironically just before I began my lectures on apocryphal gospels), I received news that a new manuscript was discovered that portrays Jesus as having a wife. This is noteworthy because—despite the claims of The Da Vinci Code—we have no text within all of Christianity that explicitly says Jesus was married.
- Oh, Behave! Conduct Worthy of the Gospel in Corporate Worship. We love to blame our neighbor, or the worship leader, for our inability to engage in corporate worship. But the deeper problem usually belongs to the one who is distracted. Few things are more hypocritical than showing up to a worship gathering of the Friend of Sinners and bellyaching that other sinners showed up too.
- Colbert and Dolan Open Up on Spirituality. The comedian Stephen Colbert and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York bantered onstage Friday night before 3,000 cheering, stomping, chanting students at Fordham University, in what might have been the most successful Roman Catholic youth evangelization event since Pope John Paul II last appeared at World Youth Day.