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36 Purposes of God in our suffering
Paul Tautges summarizes an appendix from one of Joni’s books.

Seminary Graduates: Blessing or Curse?
Tim Gombis on how to move from seminary to ministry. (HT: BibleX)

How God uses disability
If you are in the Hamilton, Ontario area, you have the opportunity to support a wonderful ministry and hear Kara Dedert speak. If she can speak half as well as she can write, you’ll be in for a treat.

How to break through your creative blocks
Marc Cortez helps us to pick between two seemingly contradictory solutions.

The parenting opportunity of election day
“Our reaction to the election returns will speak volumes to our children about our understanding of submission and sovereignty. Have you thought about what your words and actions will teach your child when the votes have been counted?”

How the church fails businesspeople

What would I do if I was falsely accused of sexual immorality?

I had an eerie sense of déjà vu as I watched the Dinesh D’Souza scandal unfold last week.  I’ve seen a number of men be accused of sexual immorality – politicians, businessmen, pastors – and almost always their first reaction is not only to deny the accusations, but to attack the accusers as jealous, small-minded, and part of a wider conspiracy or vendetta against them (e.g. Bill Clinton, Dominique Strauss, etc).

Obviously we have to resist the temptation to assume the worst of people, especially of powerful men. False accusers do exist. However, it does raise the question if this is the way those who really are victims of false accusation would or should react?

Or to make it more personal, what if I was wrongly accused of sexual immorality? What would I do? How would I hope I’d react?

First of all, I go to fairly extreme lengths to ensure that I am never in a situation where such an allegation could arise, or if it did it could easily be disproved due to the presence of other witnesses, etc.

Second, I would humble myself before God, as I would view such an accusation as divine chastening. I would prayerfully look for why God saw fit to allow such painful allegations to arise in my life. Even if not guilty, there is a humiliating shame involved. I would pray for much grace for my wife and family as such accusations would impact them as much as me.

Third, I hope I’d try to reach out to the accuser(s) in love and mercy seeking to understand why she/he is making such an allegation. I hope I would not denigrate her/him or seek to destroy her/his character. She/he is a precious soul with a great need for salvation, and so are those who may be supporting her/him.

Fourth, I’d ask my pastor/elders/employer to initiate a full and open investigation of the accusations. I’d want them to treat it seriously rather than dismiss it with “We know you’d never do that.” I would not want to be treated with any special favor or shortcuts.

Fifth, I’d seriously consider stepping aside from public Gospel duties while the investigation is completed. I imagine it would feel very strange and inappropriate to be proclaiming God’s truth while under such a dark cloud.

Sixth, I’d seek solace in the sufferings of Christ, trying to enter into the fellowship of his sufferings, who was falsely accused throughout his life.

Seventh, I’d pray for vindication, asking God to clear my name through due process. I hope I would not resort to threats, manipulation, or other political machinations to secure my reputation or innocence.

Eighth, I hope I’d be willing to submit to God’s providence even if it was not possible to clear my name, even if it meant the end of my ministry. That’s easy to say when it’s not happening, but I hope I would be thankful for the years God did grant me to proclaim His Word, and accept that now it’s over and God will advance His work and His kingdom without me.

Lastly, even if false accusations ended my ministry, Joseph’s and King David’s stories encourage me to hope that in time God would yet vindicate me and return me to even greater future usefulness in His Kingdom.

It reminds us all to pray more earnestly than ever before, “Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil.”

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My year of biblical womanhood
Really enjoyed this from Kim Shay.

Extroverts and introverts need each other 
Great video summary of Susan Cain’s The Power of Quiet

The joy of spiritual fellowship
Funny and challenging extract from Thabiti’s recent book The Life of God in the Soul of the Church 

The struggles and hopes of a disabled Dad
Dave Furman: “Ten years ago I never would have dreamed that I would have a physical disability. But God knew the beautiful design he had for me and for the spread of his gospel would involve taking away the strength of my hands.”

Avoiding legalism in our Sabbath keeping
Iain Campbell: “The question for us then becomes – how can we ensure that our Sabbath-keeping is like that of Jesus, and not like that of the Pharisees? How can we avoid being legalistic and Pharisaic in our Sabbath observance?”

New Opportunities at Mukhanyo College (South Africa)
I’ve seen Mukhanyo College in action and continue to be excited about its impact on numerous African countries. The College is now inviting applicants for three positions: Academic Dean, Senior Lecturer, and Assistant to the Principal.

Children’s Bible Reading Plan

This week’s morning and evening reading plan in Word and pdf.

This week’s single reading plan for morning or evening in Word and pdf.

If you want to start at the beginning, this is the first 12 months of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

And here’s the first 12 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

And here’s an explanation of the plan.

How do you cook for ten? 8 Food Rules

How do you feed ten hungry mouths…every day? I enjoyed reading this homeschooling Mom’s answer.

I never realised that we even had food rules until I started to write this post… but horrors we do and lots of them!!! So I thought I would begin the series with se7en + 1 unspoken food rules in our home. A lot of our rules have evolved as the kids grow older and become more capable so the rules do change, they are a framework freeing us up from making major food decisions every single day. The rules are there to rely on but they are also their to be broken from time to time and I would never pin them up on the fridge and say… this is how it is done. Because families change and times change and needs change…

  1. We Cook And Eat and Clean-Up Together
  2. We Eat in One Place
  3. We Eat Three Meals a Day
  4. We Cook From Scratch, Mostly
  5. We Eat Out, But Not Take-Outs
  6. We Don’t Eat or Drink in Transit
  7. I Don’t Buy “Treats” Very Often
  8. Keep it Fun

Read the full post here. You’ll find lots of good ideas.

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Obscure writing is not evidence of profound thinking
And neither is obscure preaching.

When Christ orchestrates a prison break
Wonderful testimony of how God used R.C. Sproul’s radio ministry to set a prisoner free.

Joel Beeke on “Precious Puritans”
A response to Propaganda’s rap against the Puritans.

Preaching Christ from Deuteronomy
Excellent resources from The Gospel Coalition.

10 Questions a pro-choice candidate is never asked by the media
This might help you in the office or factory today.

How Creativity is affected by time