The Weekly Nerd – March 17th, 2020

Welcome to a strange new world where the coronavirus and the surrounding media hype is slowly changing almost everything. However, here, I hope you enjoy some level or normalcy as you read what I find interesting. 😉

Tuesday’s Favorite:

The Opposite of Envy
This is a great article about what envy is, and what is the opposite of envy.
“Envy is responding to the success of other people with resentment toward them and despair within ourselves, longing that their success was our own. Or, envy is responding to the failure of other people with joy, gleeful that their failure is not our own. At its fullest bloom, envy is not just wanting the success of another person for ourselves, but also wanting that person not to have it; it is not just wanting to avoid personal catastrophe, but wishing catastrophe upon someone else. It is a sin that combines jealousy, hatred, and theft into an ugly, chaotic whole.”

The Most Important Instrument on Sunday Morning
“But one instrument is common to every church, big or small. And happily, it’s the instrument God is most concerned about on Sunday mornings: the voice of the congregation. 
That reality doesn’t negate the valuable contribution other instruments can make to our singing. But we’re to see them as useful, not crucial. They’re meant to complement and support our voices, not replace them.”

Gospel Benefits versus Prosperity Theology
This is a great video on the difference between the heretical Prosperity Gospel versus the True Gospel of God. “Scrivener says Christians really need a good doctrine of union with Christ and be far more Christ-centered in what we preach. We’re not just offering health and wealth, and we’re not just offering fire insurance. We’re offering Jesus himself, Scrivener says.”

Don’t Face Unbelief Alone
“And so, we must take hold of another truth: trusting in the Lord with all our heart and not leaning on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) is not something we merely do on our own; it has a communal dimension. We need our trusted brothers and sisters to help us trust in the Lord, even when we’d rather struggle alone.”

Three Ingredients for Faithful Preaching
Jason K. Allen, President of the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, gives us three ingredients for preaching that is faithful. Articles such as this are just as beneficial to the congregation as they are to the preachers who preach. All too many people, who don’t preach, don’t understand the why of preaching, and this article, in my estimation, helps with that to some degree.

Help! I’m an Angry Parent
“It‘s embarrassing, shame-inducing, and stress-relieving, all at the same time. It’s rarely talked about or confessed in small groups; but it’s prevalent in almost every home: angry parents
You may have once fancied yourself a patient person—until you started having children. Whether the constant physical demands of little ones, the continual testing of the middle ones, or the perplexing reactions of the teen, children press us in new ways. 
God has uniquely positioned children to shine a floodlight on the true state of our hearts. And often it’s not pretty. We use words with an intensity that surprises and frightens us.”

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.
(Proverbs 15:16, ESV)