"Paul Merton: My family values"

A moving tribute to his parents.

(via @Guardian @lifeandstyle)

When Someone you know dies.

This wee pamphlet on a wildly difficult pastoral subject is gem. If you do find yourself in the situation of working with a child who is grieving or if you’re a parent, grandparent or friend of a child who is, read this through with them. Listen to them talk. Sit quietly with them. Pray with them. Be encouraged that however ill equipped you feel God is good and will work through your efforts.

The strength of this pamphlet is its simplicity and clarity, it’s a great jumping off point for your own conversations.

10ofthose.com kindly sent me a review copy of this pamphlet.

You can buy it here.

Ibeyi
Better In Tune With The Infinite (Jay Electronica cover)

Two (original) tracks from Ibeyi on Spotify

=CoN+KwAkE=
“End To Beginning” (live)

[holding his late wife’s hand] …would have also reminded us both of that secret but happy truth we kept from each other, that hidden reality that is equal parts embarrassment and giddy joy: that we’re just kids. Bearing children, feeding mortgages, facing adult sized hardships never really changes what we are inside. Holding her hand was like skipping through the park. Holding her hand was winking at her, as if to say, “I know you’re just a kid too. Let’s be friends.”


Perhaps most of all, however, I wish I had held her hand more so that I could still feel it more clearly.


I wish it had been such a constant habit that even now my hand would form into a hand holding shape each time I get in the car.


I wish I could fall asleep feeling her hand in mine.

Really lovely, moving piece from RC Sproul Jr. on his biggest regret “I Wish I Had Held Her Hand More”

More

From The Mirror’s Ampp3d blogsimplistic but helpful diagrams outlining the devo-max/West-Lothian question.

Read the post here.

Andrew Wilson gives a summary of Simon Gathercole’s talk on why Matthew, Mark, and Luke are right to be chosen over the other options for our New Testament.

If you’ve ever wondered about those odd other gospels, this is a good place to start.

10ofthose.com kindly sent me a review copy of Crazy Lazy by Alistair Begg
So I’ve had this book awhile and I hadn’t quite got round to reviewing it. I suspect I may be the target demographic.
This short book(let?) by Alistair Begg is a reflection on the Proverbs relating to the “sluggard”. Like the Proverbs themselves this books aims to succinctly and, where needed, bitingly, reveal to us our laziness as the sin it really is. 
We live in a world of laziness, often masked by the frenetic pace of life. We can hide from the world - stuck in our beds - or we can rise up, and through the work of the Holy Spirit, do away with this sin of laziness and live lives befitting our Christian identity.
This wee book is a timely wake up call. 
Go buy it.

10ofthose.com kindly sent me a review copy of Crazy Lazy by Alistair Begg

So I’ve had this book awhile and I hadn’t quite got round to reviewing it. I suspect I may be the target demographic.

This short book(let?) by Alistair Begg is a reflection on the Proverbs relating to the “sluggard”. Like the Proverbs themselves this books aims to succinctly and, where needed, bitingly, reveal to us our laziness as the sin it really is. 

We live in a world of laziness, often masked by the frenetic pace of life. We can hide from the world - stuck in our beds - or we can rise up, and through the work of the Holy Spirit, do away with this sin of laziness and live lives befitting our Christian identity.

This wee book is a timely wake up call.

Go buy it.