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Prata Potpourri: Show Me The Father review, Lyrical Encouragement, God Gave this to Me, KJV language, more

By Elizabeth Prata

School year 2019 was hard, and 2020 was as well. But this year is harder, we all think so, and we can’t figure out why. We’re stressed, sometimes feel defeated, we crawl toward Friday. God is graceful in allowing me to go to #G32021. I need Christ so badly, hearing about him for 3 days straight, ahh. I plan to blog Thursday and Friday, but my plans may go awry if the internet service at the place we’re staying is too slow, or I’m too tired. Well see. 😉

Here are some links you may be interested in:

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Prata Potpourri: Art, Music, Books, Food, Movies, More

By Elizabeth Prata

For a lot of people in the US, summer is only just getting started. For me, I go back to school on August 2, so my summer break is winding down, fast! It always flies by quickly, but this year more than ever. I moved from one town to another on June 1, and it took a good 3 weeks to get settled. That, plus some other issues happening, made this year’s summer break seem like a blink.

The SBC Annual Meeting didn’t go well, and that took energy from me, and then the plagiarism scandal pushed me over the edge. I hate sermon plagiarism because it is deception, lying, laziness, and offends God severely. Pastors are given a high position in God’s economy. They are to share the word of God with the people divide it rightly. When pastors deliberately fail at this repeatedly, in my mind it’s a sin of the highest order. So that wearied me too.

Let’s take a break. Here are some nice, wholesome, pleasant links for you that have nothing to do with any scandal.

BOOKS: Carrie Graham Koens and her husband adopted 5 children from Latin America a few years ago. The children didn’t know English, or much of anything outside their home country. The oldest was sullen and resentful. Carrie relates a beautiful story of striving to find common ground with her newly adopted kids, through reading aloud. Here she reviews The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in an Age of Distraction, and offers a beautifully written personal experience story, here.

Shaker Village. EPrata photo

SHAKERS: I lived in southern Maine for almost 30 years, near the last remaining active Shaker Village at Sabbathday Lake. The Shakers were an offshoot movement of the Quakers in the 1780s. Here is a story from the Portland Press Herald about that peculiar place of the past with only a toehold in the now. A 21st Century Shaker Story: The Three People Living in the World’s Only Active Shaker Community Plan for the Future. Beautiful photos.

FOOD: Here at Good, Cheap Eats, Jessica reviews her experience with the subscription of Imperfect Produce (changed to Imperfect Foods). In my area there’s Misfit Market, and there are many other subscription boxes you can try. While it was available in my area, I belonged to a produce co-op where you went to a location and picked up your ordered box. You ordered a box, but accepted whatever came in it. It was a frugal alternative to full price produce at the supermarket, and I was introduced to produce I had not heard of before. I now have too many food allergies and a much more limited range of produce (and foods in general) I can eat, so subscription boxes wont’ work for me any more, but I thought Jessica’s review of this particular subscription was fair and honest. Check out her other essays for great information on a range of food-related and kitchen topics.

MANSION: Want to buy an 11-acre mansion set on the cliffs of Dover, (In England) complete with its own lighthouse? Only 4.25 million UK pounds. Can’t quite pull that out of your pocket? Then take a virtual tour and enjoy the beauty, and dream a little.

MOVIES: Need a pleasing, feel-good family movie to rest your eyes and not blight your soul? I enjoyed Blue Miracle with Dennis Quaid. Here, The World reviews it positively, if you want to find more about it. On Netflix.

ART: The bustling NY City Tribeca art scene is as far away from here, a rural county with cows and pastures and farmers trundling up the road on tractors, but that’s why I’m fascinated with it. People in America live vastly different lives from each other in vastly diverse settings. Here is an art essay on the Tribeca gallery scene and the realtor who helped bustle it.

CATS: I’ve been missing having a cat lately. Not enough to get another one, and my lease forbids animals anyway, so I’ve satisfied my need to see kitties with watching Youtube videos. Of those, thousands abound! I watched a short series from wife and husband Rachel & Jun, who had pity on a starving, injured cat, caught it, and brought home to foster in their small apartment in Japan.

WRITING: We’ve had art, books, and now writing. Next will be music, thus completing my surf today of the arts I enjoy. I agreed with Doug Eaton who says that writing can be and often is a spiritual discipline. It is for me. I found this on Challies’ roundup links so a hat tip to him. Writing as a Spiritual Discipline

MUSIC: At Grace Community Church, there’s a media section of Hymnology. Opera singer Phillip Webb introduces a hymn by giving the backstory of the author, then he sings it. It’s a relaxing, educational, sweet 4 minutes. You can watch for free but need to sign up with email to get in. GCC doesn’t spam you. Hymnology from Hymns of Grace

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Prata Potpourri: Adding and subtracting, Plagiarizing pastors, being workers in our homes, developing children’s work ethic, Proverbs series, and more

By Elizabeth Prata

What an interesting week at work! A tornado touched down a few miles from school. We spent a good while in the hallways ducking and covering while that nearby event happened. Then as the storms swept through, lightning zapped the school transformer to our adjacent building housing 4th & 5th grade. The next morning, early arriving teachers found no lights to half the building and no air conditioning! So that meant the 5th grade that was scheduled to take the State End of Year Assessment had to be moved to our building housing the K-3rd grades, and some of the K-3 classrooms reshuffled. Since they had to use the Library and other Activity rooms for the test, the K-3 Activity time had to be shuffled, and then that change announced to everyone. Plus there was more stuff that happened…and in between all the emergencies and contingencies, our Principal still managed to provide the Staff & Teacher appreciation week gifts…including Popcorn Bar on Monday, Charcuterie Box lunch on Wednesday, and Ice Cream Sundae bar on Friday. Phew!

The kids are getting antsy for the end of the school year and summer to start. I am too. We have 11 1/2 days of school left. I was pretty tired when I got home on Friday. I was nodding off at the table at 5:30 so I went for “a little lie-down” as my British grandma used to say. So… 11 hours later I woke up!

And here I am preparing another Prata Potpourri for you. I’m ‘Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport … the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat … the human drama of athletic competition, This is “ABC’s Wide World of Sports!” I’m showing my age here…that was the opening spiel of Jim McKay’s long-running Wide World of Sports. In the late 1960s when the show began, it was a magazine format showing viewers the history, culture, and of course the sports in countries where new jet travel and satellite linkage was just beginning to provide to audiences. Capitalizing on the people’s curiosity about the wide world now opening up to them in ways previous generations hadn’t seen, the montage showed lots of different kinds of sports, and then went on to cover these once-exotic competitions.

It’s the same with Prata Potpourri. I like to scan the globe to find edifying material that readers may not come across, and present them to you in case you have time to read, listen, or watch. There is a lot of bad out there, which is more easily found. I like to find the good, and show that despite where you may be living may have a dearth of accessible Christian material in real life, the world is not a Christian desert. The globe is full of Christians writing, speaking, offering good and solid biblical material to the saints. We are blessed to be living in a time when the internet affords us this availability.

So without further ado, here are some links for your perusal.

ESSAYS

Paul Twiss at The Master’s Seminary advises recent graduates to write, write, write. He said that “Writing Clarifies, and Writing Influences”. That second part is aimed at future pastors, who want their congregation to think like him (he presents biblical concepts and soon they will begin to think biblically too). I concur on both aspects of writing. I write to clarify my thoughts, and though my goal isn’t to influence, by default my presentation of essays and podcasts does end up influencing in some ways. My goal then, is that hopefully the material here influences to the good; solid, credible, and biblical.

At Media Gratiae they say, “This week, we’re sharing Part II of one of the most unusual and beneficial messages we have had the privilege of hearing. It was preached by a man named Paris Reidhead, and it has the strange title “10 Shekels and a Shirt.” It’s based on the account of a young priest, an idolatrous Jewish family, and the tribe of Dan, from the 17th chapter in Judges.” You can listen here, or read the sermon here.

Pastor Gabe Hughes (the WWUTT guy) writes an excellent essay dissecting the errors of A Typical Beth Moore Study. It’s clearly written and I believe an important essay to read, since it covers so much of what we see today as errors in many ladies’ ministries.

Tom Buck writes, Preachers, Don’t Add or Subtract. I thought this one also was important, for the men who are pastors and their congregants. We see so much adding to scripture these days with claims of direct revelation, and so many subtractions with timid preachers neglecting to preach the hard concepts, or make the bold, biblical claims that we must declare to the world. (For example, homosexuality is a sin. A woman should strive to be a submissive wife. There are only two genders, He made them man and woman. Hell is real. And so on). Buck writes, “He must handle God’s word in a way that makes it clear that he is not the authority, but is one under authority. The preacher’s words are only authoritative in so far as they are evidenced to come from the biblical text, and not simply his own ideas.” As laypeople, ladies, we need to be discerning so that if the preacher adds or subtracts, we will know it.

Pastors who plagiarize is a bigger problem than we know. I sat under such a one who not only plagiarized every sermon he delivered for at least 4 years, he even stole the original pastor’s personal life anecdotes and passed them off as if he’d lived them. Did it start out that way? No. Plagiarizing is incremental. It starts out with a preacher failing to go to scripture first, but going to another pastor’s material first. He says “I’m adapting another pastor’s outline”. Soon enough, he then uses the entire outline’s points and subpoints. After a while, he just copies the other pastor’s sermon. This “adaptation” creeps bigger and bigger and inevitably the pastor is just ripping off other pastors’ material wholesale. As a congregant, I want to know what the Holy Spirit says to THIS pastor for OUR church. The 7 letters of Revelation aren’t “adaptations of another pastor’s outline” swapped around and around, they are unique messages tailored to each church’s successes and failures, inspired by the Holy Spirit saying what Jesus wanted them to know. Using other pastor’s outlines, examples, or even whole sermons denies the preacher’s congregants from hearing from the Holy Spirit and cheats them by giving them another guy’s words instead. Here is Jared C. Wilson at For The Church with 4 Reasons Pastors Plagiarize.

Darrell B. Harrison writes “The Old Testament provides an excellent, though rather disturbing, example of the distinction between equity and equality.” It’s a good rumination based on the two prostitutes vying for the same child in front of King Solomon. It’s called Equity or Equality?

Rick Holland at Expositors.org asks a timeless question, are you gaining information about God? Or are you gaining knowledge of Him? “It is easy to think that because we’ve heard and appreciated the information presented in a sermon, our responsibility is complete. However, unless that information takes root in our hearts as something we really know (knowledge), we’ve merely been amused by divine truth. It’s interesting that the Bible writers do not speak much about gaining information about God; instead, they emphasize gaining knowledge of Him.” Here we read about Turning Information into Knowledge.

Mary Beeke at Reformation Heritage Blog has an essay Four Ways to Teach Children to Work. I applaud this. As a former teacher and now a teacher’s aide, I’ve been in education on and off since 1984. I see a severe decline in children’s work ethic. Mary Beeke says, “How do we build a positive work ethic in them? At what age should children begin to work? What does it take to train them to be responsible adults? From conversations with families who have successfully made this journey, I have observed four common traits.” Read to find out!

PODCASTS

In episode 416 of Relatable, Allie Beth Stuckey examines “Once Saved, Always Saved?” and also answers some questions about the differences between Mormons and Christians in this Q&A episode.

Dr. Shelbi Cullen and Kimberly Cummings bring hope and encouragement through 25 years of combined experience in biblical discipleship and counseling as ACBC counselors. At their Women’s Hope podcast, the latest lesson is Ep. 119: Teaching What is Good – Being Workers in Our Homes (With Special Guest Marci Ferrell). Take a listen 🙂

This is timely from Founders Ministry: on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore talk about our current season of political instability, civil unrest, governmental overreach, godless ideologies in our churches and the question that many Christians are facing of “to move or not to move”? When is it right to leave a church, job or city? What are biblical principles to apply when navigating these decisions? Building your life around the church: To Move or Not to Move? (also in video).

VIDEOS

I’m very excited to have found this series from Paul Washer at HeartCry going through Proverbs. It’s aimed at the young adult but the adult can learn from it too. I am fascinated by Proverbs, but find it my most difficult book to understand, because I’m so literal. It’s hard for me to understand examples, parables, allusions, and, well, proverbs. These short lessons at 15-20 minutes each are just right. Start here- Studies in Proverbs, Lesson 1

Justin Peters presents a video of Franke Preston, a friend of both Kathy and himself, was saved out of homosexuality. Justin would like you to hear her testimony. The video is 13 minutes. Saved From Homosexuality

Speaking of that, Polite Leader (Alan Hunter) presents information on “What is the G*y Christian Movement?” part of an ongoing series looking at Progressive Christianity. Video is 8 minutes.

Open Hearts in a Closed World Justin and Brooke Bartz ask, “How can Paul say that our afflictions are light and momentary? Join them on the LIT podcast as they look at how we as Christians, endure affliction faithfully knowing that an eternal weight of glory awaits us. Seeing Affliction as Light“. 20 minutes.

I snapped this photo this morning of a cardinal enjoying the seeds in the seed ball I’d hung, only to be disturbed and fly to a higher branch because of the yard cat stalking him. I’m not going to hang any more seed balls, three yard cats are now aroused to the hunt. I do not want the seed balls to lure unsuspecting birdies to their death! Yard cats do a good job clearing the yard of mice and snakes :), but also are a menace to other cats, birds, and similar friendlies. 😦

Have a good day everyone!

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Prata Potpourri: Walking, Thinking, Staging, Hating, Witnessing, Dying, more

By Elizabeth Prata

I thought this photo of the dogwood in my yard is a good example of how spring SPRINGS up, seemingly reaching for the sun, in joy and boundless energy

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It’s been a busy work week here in my world of public elementary school. We are entering the last phase of the year, the time of final reviews, state testing, longer recesses, ‘fun packets,’ and huge lines at the water fountain. It’s getting warmer day by day, and the pollen is finally blowing away until next year. At home, my cat Sully likes to sit by the open window and watch the activity in the yard. There are lots of chipmunks, squirrels, birds, and neighborhood cats to keep an eye on. My mind is turning to summer, when I have two months of summer vacation. Remember when you were a kid, summer seemed soooo long? LOL, it is still pretty nice to have the time off. I value it.

I was thinking the other day how the Lord re-created my life down here in Georgia after I moved from Maine at age 45. After a brief stint writing for the daily newspaper, I returned to education, this time as a teacher’s aide instead of as a teacher that I’d been in Maine. I enjoy the lower levels of stress as an aide, and less responsibility than a classroom teacher has. That aspect has turned out to be important as I enter my 60th decade. I like the time off when the different breaks come around on the school calendar, also important as I age, because my energy stutters and hiccups and isn’t to be counted on from one day to the next. The job has just enough of a salary to sustain me so I can concentrate on my ministry. On the practical side, I have health care coverage, yet the job also gives me personal joy and professional fulfillment. My church is wonderful. It’s really quite perfect. Looking back over this last 15 years I can clearly see the providential hand of Jesus working in my life.

We often can’t see His providence at the time, but in hindsight we look back and see how our decisions matched up with His plan and how He works things for our good and His glory.

Now on to some edifying content from the brothers and sisters that I’ve found this week for your reading and listening pleasure-

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Prata Potpourri: Behave and Hush; Influencers and Influencing; Pray for What We Own Already; Good Cheap Eats; More

By Elizabeth Prata

It’s the little things that make me happy. Children giggling. Birds splashing in the puddle. Sunbeams stirring up dust motes. Morning mist making the blossoms look soft. It’s spring here in my part of the world and the change of season is welcome.

It was a busy week. We had a tornado touch down near us while we were at school. That is always exciting. Spring Break is nearing, and everyone is dragging their bodies toward that much-anticipated finish line. I plan to do some spring cleaning inside and outside. I’m looking forward to Resurrection Sunday! I’ve already started reading blog essays and listening to sermons focusing on the event. It brings me to tears every time. I’m grateful for that. The moment I don’t have tears in thinking of the agony of the cross, the wonder of the imputation, and the glory of the resurrection, I will know my heart has drifted from Jesus. These matters are eternal matters and the ONLY thing that matters.

Here are a few links to edifying material you may enjoy.

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Prata Potpourri: Sermon note-taking, hygge, Sarah Edwards doc, Diagnostic Questions, & more!

By Elizabeth Prata

I’ve gathered a few items that may interest you:

Recently I went through the Ligonier series on the biography of Jonathan Edwards on Amazon Prime. (The series is included in Prime. Taught be Stephen Nichols, it’s an easy going and absorbing series on the life of the theologian acknowledged to be the most intelligent America has ever produced. President of Princeton (then called the College of New Jersey), sparker of the Great Awakening, missionary to the the Native Americans, Edwards is well known. But…His wife Sarah was his partner and supported this remarkable and sometimes difficult man in ways that are God-glorifying. Now, Media Gratiae has announced a documentary in the incomparable Sarah Edwards!

Here is the Media Gratiae blurb:

Sarah Edwards (working title) is an upcoming feature-length documentary on the life and legacy of one of the most influential women in American history. Sarah, maybe most notably known as the wife of Jonathan Edwards, is a remarkable woman in her own right. In this 90-minute documentary we will tell her story and consider modern day applications that arise from her example of Biblical womanhood, such as:”

  • What is a biblical woman/wife/mom? What does it mean to be a helpmate?
  • How do you know whether an experience is “of God” or not?
  • How can you cope with the psychological pressure that comes with being the wife of a pastor, especially one considered to be “a great man”?
  • How does a pastor’s wife manage a large household, the trials of being married to a sometimes-controversial pastor, financial concerns, and widowhood?
  • Sarah’s story helps us understand the struggles, sorrows, and triumphs of Biblical womanhood, challenging modern women to consider the legacy that they themselves will leave.

“The documentary will include a free study guide that can be used in small group settings. It will be similar to this one we did for LUTHER.”


Here is a good, 3-minute read from John MacArthur at The Master’s Seminary published a few days ago, on “The Struggling Disciple” –

Anyone who has ever been to a church camp has heard someone say, “You need to recommit your life to the Lord.” We’ve all heard messages about commitment, dedication, consecration, and so on. But do we understand what that means?


At Women Encouraged, we have a short exploration of “Friendship With The World: Some Diagnostic Questions“, and it begins well- “James 4:4 packs a punch. It’s not adorable or cutesy. It’s the kind of hard word designed to shock our senses and remind us where the line is. “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” It goes on with noting how to ask one’s self questions so as not to be an adulteress with the world.


Reagan Rose at Redeeming Productivity offered a 12-minute lesson on how better to engage with your pastor’s sermon. It is full of interesting and highly applicable tips, and I mean it’s really good. REEEEEELLLLYYY good! How to Take Sermon Notes to Focus Better, learn More, and Grow Spiritually. Run don’t walk to the link.


Carrie at Carrie’s Busy Nothings has a piece on the word hygge. If you’re a watcher of design shows, you know this is a popular Danish word for an untranslatable concept most frequently identified with lifestyle comfort. Sort of. Anyway, Carrie said she enjoys the word and the concept…until…it becomes an idol. Worth reading.


What’s better than a blog essay from Reformation Heritage Books, than an essay from Reformation Heritage Books on Joy, Even When Society Disintegrates ? Biblical and helpful, I think you will find their essay edifying. –> “It is quite easy to get depressed or go around feeling dread. What does the future hold? Will I be able to support my family? What will the world be like for my kids? How much more pressure can this nation bear before splitting apart at the seams? These and other questions raise the specter of uncertainty about our safety and prosperity. We begin to fear that Misery may be approaching us like an assailant we cannot fight.

But no, keep reading the essay!

I hope you find some hope or enjoyment from these links. As always, have a wonderful day and weekend!

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Prata Potpourri: Nature photography to the glory of God, Trust the Lord, One Hour of Life Remaining? Movie Review, More

By Elizabeth Prata

I spent an overnight in a little cabin on a working farm. I enjoyed the animals, birds, and nature so much. I’m not much of an outdoors person, but the place was so pretty I did spend time outside in the gazebo swing, on the various benches, and in the screened-in porch. There were so many birds, the animals on the farm so beautiful and entertaining, and the flowers and butterflies were charming. I often think in amazement, as I’m sure you do, that God created it all in a few days. He is endlessly fascinating to me when I admire His creation and think of how He spoke it all into existence with the power of His word.

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Prata Potpourri: Spurgeon on Paul on books; MediaGratiae on Rutherford on Grace; Rose on Reading, New Blogger, Rules for Christian wives- more

By Elizabeth Prata

Fall on a horse farm, north Georgia. EPrata photo

It is fall here in north Georgia, and no better place to be. New England is rightly applauded for the foliage display, but the time up there where you can see it is short. The leaves are less vibrant down south due to the milder temps, but the season is gloriously, luxuriantly long. It’s especially sweet because the break from the summer oven temperatures never gets old. Whatever season you enjoy, God is author and manager of it all-

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease. (Genesis 8:22).

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Prata Potpourri: The Mind, the Sneakers, The Spirit, The Botanical Garden… more

By Elizabeth Prata

@PreachersNSneakers is a hilarious new Instagram account that reposts photos of preachers’ selfies, focusing on their sneakers and apparel. Apparently it is possible to purchase sneakers that cost upwards of $1000 to even $4000 dollars. The site features the online picture with price of the sneaker/footwear, along with a funny comment. Here is one example featuring Steven Furtick

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Reactions in the comments range from complaining to approving-

–What’s the point of this account?
–Why are they all so rich? Don’t answer, I already know.
–I bet lots of traditional churches pastors wear $1000 suits…

Preachers from Levi Lusko, Louis Giglio, Furtick, Judah Smith, Chad Veach, Erwin McManus and others are, ahem, ‘featured’ on the page. Ladies, it’s not only doctrine that sheds light on who may be a false teacher, it’s their lifestyle too. Not that one pair of sneakers makes a false teacher, but it’s a piece of evdence to be taken into consideration. Doctrine AND life, as Paul said to Timothy in 1 Tinothy 4:16…

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I love art and I love to make art. However the chasm between seeing good art and making my own is a gulf that is fixed, wide and not overcomeable, if that is a word. I started The Sketchbook Challenge in January and didn’t last a week. I’ve been trying on and off for 40 years to draw, or at least make some recognizable art, but I am simply no good at it. My brain and my hands have a disconnect.

However here is My Modern Met’s recommendations on the Ten Best How to Draw Books.

There are countless publications that say they’ll teach you to draw, so how do you choose? We’ve done the hard work for you and sifted through many of the best sellers. Some of the books on our list are decades old—one is even from the 1950s—but are still regarded as fantastic resources. It’s a reminder that the fundamentals of drawing will never change, and that owning one (or more) of these books will prove useful months and years down the road.

Sketch on, ladies, do it for me…

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Speaking of ten best, here is Travel Channel’s picks for Ten Best Botanical Gardens in the US. It’s spring, that time of year where our eyes want to see green, vivid color, and maybe some bees.

Entries include desert gardens, many in the midwest, also the north and the south are represented. Maybe one of these will be in your area. I personally also like the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota FL, and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a part of the University of Georgia in Athens.

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Delivered By Grace reminds us that The Holy Spirit is Not Casper the Friendly Ghost.

When we hear people talking about the Holy Spirit, it’s not uncommon to hear people talking about the Holy Spirit in terms of an evangelical version of Casper the Friendly Ghost. At other points, evangelicals derail by putting all of their focus upon the Holy Spirit to the marginalization of Christ. When the Holy Spirit is cartoonized or overly emphasized and brought to the forefront of our worship—we grieve the Holy Spirit of God.

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Justin Bullington at Things Above Us shares Three Attributes of God to Fight Depression, part 2

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If you find yourself in a battle with depression today, understanding God’s sovereignty is critical. If God is sovereign, there are no limits to God’s rule. This is part of what it means to be God. He is sovereign over the whole world, and everything that happens in it. He is never helpless, never frustrated, never at a loss. And in Christ, God’s awesome, sovereign providence is the place we feel most joyful, most secure, most free.

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Samuel D. James at Mere Orthodoxy reviews The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, with a reminder that The Public Square Is about Parenting.

Parenting is arguably one of the last remaining cultural institutions in which we are constantly invited to feel worse about ourselves and yet better than other people. Everyone acknowledges that parenting is difficult, yet many today cannot shake the nagging suspicion that it hasn’t always been this difficult.

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DB Harrison of Just Thinking with a piece on the raging Battlefield of the Mind.

If I were to ask you where does Jesus rank among your daily priorities, how would you respond? Would your first impulse be to give a “spiritual” answer—that is, to say what you think you’re supposed to say as a Christian—or would you reply with what you know in your heart to be true? These questions aren’t in any way meant to be presumptive or accusatory. Not at all…

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Well, those were a few items that I hope catch your fancy, stir your affections for Christ, or simply challenge your thinking. I hope you enjoy your spring wherever you are, and enjoy your days here on earth. It is not our home. Let’s long for our permanent and eternal abode, together-

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)