Recommended Short Reads (7/21/2016)

Is God the Father like my Father? “In the Bible, the family unit gives us a picture of how God relates to us, his children…our earthly fathers give us a picture, a shadow, of what God the Father is truly like.” This article gives some advice and some hope for those whose fathers are absent or abusive.

Why We Don’t Punish Our Kids The difference between punishment and discipline for the parent who shepherds their child.

Loving Muslims Begins with Honesty Here’s an excellent conversation with D. A. Carson discussing the differences between Christian and Islamic theology about God and the grounds of forgiveness/salvation and whether or not we should say we worship the same deity.  “Better than minimizing the differences between the central beliefs of Christianity and Islam — and they are central and significant — is acknowledging the differences and modeling disagreement with courtesy and respect.”

How Should I Process the Current Tensions and Violence in Our Country? Kevin DeYoung offers a number of helpful suggestions to respond in a Christian way to the tensions, violence, and racial discord evident in recent events.

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