Graham Nicholls comments on the now mainstream position of married couples having two separate bank accounts. My parents and grandparents, like his, wouldn’t have dreamed of having separate accounts. Nor, incidentally, would my wife and I. Here he offers some reasons why this may be happening more frequently now.
I thought this was helpful from Eddie Arthur. There’s no getting away from the fact that the Bible tells us to pray for our political leaders, even Boris Johnson, no matter how much we do or don’t like him.
‘At heart, I’m a people pleaser. Not the type that lets popular fashion dictate my wardrobe, or the opinion of my friends to tell me where I should go or what I should do, but nonetheless, I remain a people pleaser. What otherpeople think of me matters, at least, it matters to me. Though I’ve spent most of my life trying not to fit a stereotype.’
‘Perhaps you know a friend or a loved one who needs to be rescued from lies she’s believed that have contributed to an eating disorder. In some cases, she may have already acknowledged her struggle. In other cases, she may not yet realize she’s enslaved to these lies, and you may be just the person the Lord uses to open her eyes to truth. Here are four ways you can help.’
Jesus does not promise us an easy life if we follow him. He doesn’t promise to give us all our worldly desires if we just claim to love him. But he does promise to work all things to the (ultimate) good of those that love him. And it is encouraging and challenging when people, who have faced far greater difficulties than me, can give testimony to that fact. I have a church full of asylum seekers who would say the same.
This came up at our most recent afternoon service at church. John Piper offers an answer here.
‘To tell people they are OK, is not loving them. To call people who defiantly reject the law of God… and to say they’re OK, and to call them Christians, is not helping those people… They don’t need to be told they’re alright, they need the gospel.’