Midweek Roundup - 5/21/14

Each Wednesday we share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week.

1. Ed Welch offers tips for sharing advice carefully

Giving advice goes poorly so often, it is worth more careful thought about how we give it. We all need advice. We seek it every day. That is a wise and natural part of being a creature rather than the Creator. But we also know that advice can run from helpful to horrible, and it can bless a relationship or hurt it.

2. John Piper talks about his newest book, Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully

For decades, I have wondered about the relationship between the natural, creative process of the mind and the supernatural, spiritual process of the mind.

By the natural creative process, I mean the mysterious workings of the mind as it attempts to see in anything more than meets the eye, and then to say it in ways that awaken the wonder of others. By the supernatural spiritual process, I mean the mysterious workings of the Holy Spirit as he enables the mind to see the glory of God in all things.

3. Jared Wilson shares the story of a friend with cancer

She’s at a friend’s home now in Middletown, and hospice has taken over. They gave her a few days to two weeks to live. That was 11 days ago. She’s in a lot of pain. We all hope the perforations and the air and the bile and all that is getting sorted internally, by the body’s great design or God’s great miraculous way. But there’s still that cancer untreated. And nobody, they say, survives that.

I’ve been reading Scripture to her. She asked for Revelation — with its whores and dragons and plagues and beheadings — and for Ecclesiastes — with its vanities and meaninglessnesses and chasings of the wind. This tells you something about Natalie.

4. Justin Taylor introduces Tim Keesee, author of Dispatches from the Front

There’s a certain world-weariness etched onto [Tim Keesee's] face as he has spent years crisscrossing the globe, visiting and supporting and documenting the church around the world. But if you look closer, there is unmistakable joy. You can see it in the warmth of his smile and the twinkle of his eye and the welcome of his embrace as he greets a new brother and a new sister on the other side of the world and worships with yet another outpost of the global family of God. If the new heavens and the new earth will be filled with the redeemed from “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9), then Tim Keesee has gotten a foretaste of the world to come.

5. Audio: Russell Moore discusses whether or not pastors should talk about politics from the pulpit