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Shortly after university I made some calligraphy for a friend, to remind him of a couple of Bible verses that he and I had found salutary. However, 2 Chronicles 28:9b-10 isn’t something you’ll find printed in a prayer journal:

‘Because the LORD… was angry with Judah, he gave them into your hand. But you have slaughtered them in a rage that reaches to heaven. And now you intend to make the men and women of Judah and Jerusalem your slaves. But aren’t you also guilty of sins against the LORD your God?’

While many people believe themselves incapable of such vindictive sentiments, my friend had enough humility to admit and own his uglier thoughts, even as he wrestled with them. It’s part of why I married him, and he remains one of the most compassionate people I know.

This article is one in a series (Connecting with Culture) from the the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

Just yes­ter­day I received word that J.I. Pack­er had passed away. This was espe­cial­ly poignant news for me, for I had been Jim’s stu­dent back in the late 1980s at Regent College, (Vancouver, British Columbia). 

For a num­ber of months we did Direct­ed Study togeth­er as part of my Th.M. pro­gram. Jim would assign me a book, I’d read the book and write an essay, and we’d dis­cuss what I’d writ­ten in his office. I recall Jim hand­ing me Augustine’s City of God—over one thou­sand pages. ​Augus­tine, Chris. The City of God. Read the whole book.”

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In My Desire to be ​“Seek­er Friend­ly,” Am I Guilty of Con­ceal­ing Jesus? by Carolyn Arends 

A friend was involved for years in a week­ly ser­vice intend­ed to reach out to inner-city kids, the major­i­ty of whom had lit­tle church expe­ri­ence and no acknowl­edged rela­tion­ship with Jesus.

If it had been up to me, I would have made those events ​seek­er-friend­ly.” I’d have focused on build­ing rela­tion­ships, avoid­ing any­thing too reli­gious or high pres­sure. But my friend went a dif­fer­ent way. Every week, he led wor­ship, one song after anoth­er, always unabashed­ly about — or to — Jesus.

I’m sure some of the kids walked away and nev­er looked back. But hun­dreds stayed. Many made deci­sions to fol­low Christ.

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