Desiring the Kingdom, week 13: Law, Confession, and Freedom – Simply Convivial

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This week for Desiring the Kingdom, we’re discussing the chapter 5 sections “Law,” “Confession & Pardon,” and “Baptism.” I’m sorry I’m so late in getting this out. It is too bad, too, because this was a great section! I wish I could delve into it a bit deeper, but that just isn’t going to work out right now. Chapter 5 might just make the slog through the middle worth it. :) Summary: The elements of worship teach us of the … Read More

From the Archives: Stand & Resist – Simply Convivial

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I was going through some old papers today and found a printed copy of this post I made a few years ago. I thought I’d repost it here, with a few minor editing tweaks. At a recent church bridal shower, a lovely older lady gave a devotional that stuck with me. She read Ephesians 6:10-18. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able … Read More

Review: Knowing God by J.I. Packer – Simply Convivial

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Read & reviewed in February 2011. My rating: 4 of 5 stars Own. This was a good book covering the basics of God’s character and dealings with men, based extensively and exclusively on Scripture. There is no personal anecdotes (except a few as examples of bad reasoning or theology), no specious reasoning. While the presentation is certainly logical, the knowledge presented is solely Scriptural and none merely logical. Packer emphasizes God’s sovereignty, but otherwise shows no partisan or denominational preference. … Read More

Desiring God by John Piper, Chapters 9-10

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Originally read and written in March 2011. Summary of Desiring God by John Piper at Simply Convivial Part 1: Introduction & Chapters 1 & 2 – Happiness & Conversion Part 2: Chapter 3 – Worship Part 3: Chapters 4-6 – Love, Scripture, & Prayer Part 4: Chapters 7 & 8 – Money & Marriage Part 5: Chapters 9 & 10 – Missions & Suffering My rating: 3 of 5 stars Own. Missions Thesis: Our job is to plant thriving churches … Read More

Desiring God by John Piper, Chapters 7-8

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Originally read and written in March 2011. Summary of Desiring God by John Piper at Simply Convivial Part 1: Introduction & Chapters 1 & 2 – Happiness & Conversion Part 2: Chapter 3 – Worship Part 3: Chapters 4-6 – Love, Scripture, & Prayer Part 4: Chapters 7 & 8 – Money & Marriage Part 5: Chapters 9 & 10 – Missions & Suffering My rating: 3 of 5 stars Own. Money Thesis: Generosity confirms that our hope is in … Read More

Summary & Review: Desiring God by John Piper, Chapters 4-6

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Originally read and written in March 2011. Summary of Desiring God by John Piper at Simply Convivial Part 1: Introduction & Chapters 1 & 2 – Happiness & Conversion Part 2: Chapter 3 – Worship Part 3: Chapters 4-6 – Love, Scripture, & Prayer Part 4: Chapters 7 & 8 – Money & Marriage Part 5: Chapters 9 & 10 – Missions & Suffering My rating: 3 of 5 stars Own. Love Thesis: Love is finding your own happiness in … Read More

Summary & Review: Desiring God by John Piper, Chapter 3

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Originally read and written in March 2011. Summary of Desiring God by John Piper at Simply Convivial Part 1: Introduction & Chapters 1 & 2 – Happiness & Conversion Part 2: Chapter 3 – Worship Part 3: Chapters 4-6 – Love, Scripture, & Prayer Part 4: Chapters 7 & 8 – Money & Marriage Part 5: Chapters 9 & 10 – Missions & Suffering My rating: 3 of 5 stars Own. Worship Thesis: To be true worship, worship must engage … Read More

Summary & Review: Desiring God by John Piper, Chapters 1-2

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Originally read and written in March 2011. Summary of Desiring God by John Piper at Simply Convivial Part 1: Introduction & Chapters 1 & 2 – Happiness & Conversion Part 2: Chapter 3 – Worship Part 3: Chapters 4-6 – Love, Scripture, & Prayer Part 4: Chapters 7 & 8 – Money & Marriage Part 5: Chapters 9 & 10 – Missions & Suffering My rating: 3 of 5 stars Own. Elly and I read this, and I would like … Read More

Profitless Housekeeping – Simply Convivial

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In Ideas Have Consequences, Weaver spends a couple pages in the chapter on Egoism talking about work, work ethic, and personal integrity. It struck me as imminently applicable to the housewife. Our attitudes about our work and our approach to it could very well indicate that we’ve imbibed the ideas of our culture even if we deny them intellectually. Weaver reminds us that in the medieval world, labor was a form of worship that contributed to one’s character, whereas in … Read More

Review: The Organized Heart by Staci Eastin – Simply Convivial

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The Organized Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Conquering Chaos by Staci Eastin My rating: 4 of 5 stars Originally read and written in 2011. In this book, Staci Eastin attempts to diagnose why we have a hard time maintaining order — not by looking for techniques, but by examining our hearts. This is the right place to look, but also a tricky place to go. While most books on household organization or cleaning presume that it is a lack of … Read More

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