A popular complaint among women is the problem of getting a guy "to commit." Well, sister, you're not the only one. Western culture spent centuries teaching men to commit themselves to one woman for life, and in practice this has meant teaching him to commit to his offspring. It has also meant giving him an important role to play in the protection of those children, and in his provision for them. Roe [v. Wade] wiped that out. It doesn't matter if a man commits or not anymore; our legal system has determined that such commitments are irrelevant. (79)
Reading Doug Wilson's Father Hunger today (Thomas Nelson, 2012). Doug does an excellent job diagnosing our culture's rebellion against God's design for masculinity, and of opening our eyes to the resulting mess:
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Though we like calling God "Father," we often have a very shallow picture of what it means to have Him as our Father. We want candy and hugs and kisses and back rubs and bedtime stories from God; and we're surprised when we get sickness, pain, difficult work, bad grades, sin committed against us, consequences for our sin, and strife with the people around us. What's the deal? If God is our Father, shouldn't our lives be pleasant and easy?
NOTE: This sermon manuscript (edited and polished) is part 3 in this semester's Killing Sin preaching series. Listen to the sermon here. Check out part 1 [read|listen], part 2 [read|listen], part 4 [read|listen], part 5 [read|listen], part 6 [read|listen], part 7 [read|listen], part 8 [read|listen], and part 9 [read|listen].
President Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast have been flooding the news, blogs, and even sermons this past week, and for good reason.
Speaking of prayer, and of Islam's militant advance upon the civilized world, Psalm 14:4 bears keenly on our current global situation:
As Christians, we should always be examining the fruit of our lives to determine the reality of our faith. Faith without works is indeed dead; so we should look at our thoughts, our actions, and our emotions, and measure them against the Bible's clear descriptions of what the work of the Holy Spirit should look like in our lives.
When we see good fruit, we rejoice at the work of God's Spirit in our lives, and we cheerfully continue to serve Him, producing more and even better fruit day by day.
But what happens when we don't see good fruit?