Good Reads 03.16.16 (on: relationships, hobbies, and more!)

Here is a collection of good reads gathered from across the internet this past week. Enjoy!

A collection of articles on relationships: The Best Christian Articles on Singleness, Dating, and Marriage by David Qaoud

I’ve surveyed some of the most popular Christian sites, and I collected a bunch of articles on singleness, dating, and marriage. This list is by no means exhaustive, but should provide a good start to find helpful articles. So find where you fit in, and read along — and then pass this to a friend. (click here to read more)

On hobbies: Hobbies to the Glory of God by Tim Challies

We know that we are responsible before God to faithfully steward our time and money. We know that we have important and unfinished business in this world. And we wonder if there is any value in committing time, energy, and money to our hobbies, and especially to hobbies that are not clearly connected to spiritual growth and maturity.

I believe God is pleased when we pursue hobbies. (click here to read more)

On mentoring and family: Ten Conversations I wish Somebody had with Me as a Teenager by Chuck Lawless

Today I write on behalf of teenagers. Frankly, I’m glad I’m not one today for many reasons – not the least of which is I would not want to face the temptations teens face today. I do remember my teen years, though, and I still think about some of the times when I desperately wanted guidance and encouragement back then. Here are some of the conversations I wish someone had shared with me… (click here to read more)

On being humble: What If You’re not as Awesome as You Think You Are? by Denny Burke

This means that we are by nature prone to excuse our own shortcomings, to overlook them, or even to justify them. The result is that we walk around with a self-regard that often exceeds reality. This is a special danger in our current cultural context where self-esteem is presented as the end-all-be-all of human virtue. The therapeutic worldview encourages us to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. And yet here is a proverb that is telling us the opposite. (click here to read more)

On pursuing righteousness: Flee Youthful Passions by Jim Essian

Youth carries a sidearm called “passion”. And this is a good thing. It’s easier to redirect passion than to have to ignite it. But Paul postulates a portrait of two youths for us: one pursues youthful passions; the other pursues Christ-likeness. And he wants Timothy to flee the one and pursue the other—this is how he “cleanses himself.” (click here to read more)

 

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