1. A hilarious Dave Barry column on the Democratic National Convention. Fun excerpt: “This year there is high drama in the Mile High City as the Democrats gather under their official 2008 convention slogan: “A Unified Party, United in Unity Together As One, Undivided.”
2. An excellent Al Mohler article on adoption. If you’re a parent and haven’t thought hard about possible adoptions in your family’s future plans, chew on this and see whether there might be some room for this act, which in itself is a tiny but significant picture of the gospel.
3. Speaking of Mohler, his Atheism Remix is out now. I’m going to be reviewing it soon, but I wanted you to know about this important book, which will serve as an excellent guide for meeting the challenging claims of the “New Atheists” who have popped up throughout our culture.
4. A terrific piece on exhortation and encouragement by David Mathis, assistant to John Piper and a friend of mine. Here’s a nice chunk: “When we see issues that immediately threaten the potency of the gospel in the lives of those we love and lead, we should respond with strength and severity. This is the path of love. There is no room for toying with the gospel. But more frequently the errors we see in others are less serious. So let us also aim to establish a pattern of loving encouragement and gentle care, handling less severe deviations with an affirming challenge.”
–Have a great weekend, everyone! Be blessed.