Find Out More On... {July 17}

Each week, Jess Pickowicz, our resident curation genius, brings us the best of the blogosphere for Christian women. Here are Jess' top picks from last week, collected in one convenient post.

Date Night

It's Date Night: What Did You Expect?  "Not too infrequently, a couple will share in their first counseling session that they came to us in hopes that we might tell them what they must do in order to 'save their marriage.' I understand the sentiment. But, here's the trouble: Too often, it's spoken as if something other than trusting the gospel, such as the practice of date nights, or a marriage retreat, or reading a book together, or some other thing they do represents hope for the redemption of their marriage.

Intentional or not, explicit trust in the gospel is not typically the starting point for couples who come to counseling. Instead, the gospel is merely assumed, that is, they may assume that they've got the gospel right, so that their trouble and remedy is to be found somewhere else."

Satan's Strategy

Satan's "Nothing" Strategy "What I am coming to understand is that this impulse to pull the lever of a random slot machine of viral content is the age-old tactic of Satan. C. S. Lewis called it the 'Nothing' strategy in his Screwtape Letters. It is the strategy that eventually leaves a man at the end of his life looking back in lament: 'I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I ought nor what I liked.'

This 'Nothing' strategy is 'very strong: strong enough to steal away a man’s best years, not in sweet sins, but in a dreary flickering of the mind over it knows not what and knows not why, in the gratification of curiosities so feeble that the man is only half aware of them . . . or in the long, dim labyrinth of reveries that have not even lust or ambition to give them a relish, but which, once chance association has started them, the creature is too weak and fuddled to shake off.'

God Doesn't Give Gifts Equally

The Beauty of Inequality "God does not give gifts equally. And when we’re the weaker one, it’s natural to start envying the stronger. Especially our sisters who are like us, except just a little better at everything, a little stronger, a little more put together. Joe Rigney says that envy tends to breed closest to home. I spend zero time fretting about how I measure against my heroes in the faith, like Corrie ten Boom. But I do take stock of how I compare with my generous friend Christy, or my bighearted sister Jessica."

Hospitality

Hospitality is Not Just for Home "When we think of hospitality, we often think of images from Martha Stewart or Good Housekeeping. But biblical hospitality is simple. It’s hosting a small group, inviting a neighbor to dinner, or listening to a friend over coffee. It can be done at home or in alternate 'homes'—like coffee shops or restaurants—for those who lack enough space to host at home."

Psalm 22

The Suffering and the Glory of Psalm 22 "John Calvin in his commentary concluded that a sense of being forsaken by God, far from being unique to Christ or rare for the believer, is a regular and frequent struggle for believers. He wrote, 'There is not one of the godly who does not daily experience in himself the same thing. According to the judgment of the flesh, he thinks he is cast off and forsaken by God, while yet he apprehends by faith the grace of God, which is hidden from the eye of sense and reason.' We must not think that living the Christian life is easy or that we will not daily have to bear the cross."

Sheologians on the Occult

Legions, Tarot, and Brooms, Oh My! "The girls were joined this week by a special guest-- their pastor, Jeff Durbin-- to discuss the occult. How do we tell the difference between spiritual warfare and psychological issues? How has the occult crept in the church? Would Jeff Durbin punch a parrot in the face?" (1 hr, 9 min)