Some articles on the Las Vegas massacre:

Hatred in Las Vegas by Kyle Borg

3 Ways to Pray for Las Vegas: It’s a Powerful (Not Political) Act for Christians by Ed Stetzer

An Act of Pure Evil: Searching for Meaning in Las Vegas by Al Mohler

May Heaven Fall on Las Vegas by Marshall Segal

Where is God in a mass shooing? by Russell Moore

In other news…

Flee from the Darkness
“Many women think that adultery happens when the passion for their husband is at war with their passion for someone else. But adultery really happens when your passion for the power and presence of God in your life is at war with the passions of lust and self-indulgence.”

Mental Illness, Prayer, and Extravagant Grace
“Here are some prayer principles I now hold onto firmly as I pray through the challenges of our loved one’s battle with mental illness. First, because mental illnesses are brain disorders, I pray as I would for any other physical sickness.

  • Because God can and does heal bodies, I always pray for healing.
  • Because that healing often comes through medical and therapeutic means, I pray for doctors, counselors, and chemists.
  • Because healing is enhanced by intentional body-care, I pray for good rest, nutrition, and exercise.
  • Because in His providence, God doesn’t always cure everyone, I pray for patience, wisdom, and enduring faith.

Prayer, I have learned, is an act of open-handed expectation.”

On Daughters and Dating: How to Intimidate Suitors
“Instead of intimidating all your daughter’s potential suitors, raise a daughter who intimidates them just fine on her own. Because you know what’s intimidating? Strength and dignity. Deep faith. Self-assuredness. Wisdom. Kindness. Humility. Industriousness. Those are the bricks that build the wall that withstands the advances of Slouchy-Pants, whether you ever show up with your Winchester locked and loaded or not. The unsuitable suitor finds nothing more terrifying than a woman who knows her worth to God and to her family.”

Tinder’s Problems Go Far Beyond Recording Your Deepest Secrets
Am I glad I’m 51 and happily married!

“Tinder has hundreds of pages of data on its users because they gave it away in the first place. The customized experience exists because the users keep coming back to tell Tinder what they want. In 2014, The New York Times reported that Tinder users were logging on an average of 11 times a day. Men were spending about 7.2 minutes per login swiping; women were swiping about 8.5 minutes each time. That’s about 90 minutes a day spent on Tinder trying to find a match. Just think about how desperate that sounds.”

New Books

Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community by Brett McCracken.

Preparing Children for Marriage: How to Teach God’s Good Design for Marriage, Sex, Purity, and Dating by Josh Mulvihill.