I was surprised to realize that I started blogging nearly 5 years ago on a different platform, which was buggy and full of spam and generally difficult to use. As I’ve finally closed it out, I’ve found some old blogs that made me smile, and even encouraged me. I’ll be posting some of them in the coming weeks.
The following was from June 2009:
Reading Noel Piper’s entry on Desiring God’s blog today reminded me of a favorite reference that Pastor John made to Esther-like women.
Pastor John made several thousand men howl with laughter during his address at Together for the Gospel last year when he talked about his affections for the women of his church, at about 19:45 of his talk (and not in his manuscript). It was a light moment guiding to a serious point about suffering and sacrifice and the extraordinary beauty and power and majesty and worthiness of Jesus Christ.
And what a blessed thing to know that my pastor has an understanding of and an appreciation for women parenting children with disabilities. God is very kind to us dads to give us a pastor who encourages our wives to treasure Jesus above everything – including good things like husbands and children:
The supremacy of Christ is not just his perfect fitness to bear our sins, and not just the supremely valuable future Reward that frees us from fear and greed and worldliness, but in his supremacy he is also now our present, personal Treasure. (Piper, Together for the Gospel 2008)