Hurricane Harvey; Singleness and Barrenness; The Nashville Statement, and More

From the Flooded Grounds of Houston

On Sunday morning, I woke up to phone calls from family and friends who had fled their homes to escape rising flood waters and were sitting on their roof awaiting rescue. With helicopters overhead, my roommate and I began mopping up water in our own home, unable to comprehend the depths of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Today, the rain is gone, but for thousands who lost everything, the storm has only just begun. If you would like to help, “Pray, give, go. Please keep us in your hearts.” Read this post.

Empty Tables: Singleness and Barrenness

“If your table is empty because you are unmarried or because God has withheld children from you or because your children are grown and away,” don’t miss these words from Lore Ferguson Wilbert. In this post, Lore shares lessons she learned by entering the suffering of barren friends during her singleness, lessons she has found translate to her present infertility. “I do not know when or how or if we will have children,” she says. “But I do know I do not feel wasted, overlooked, afraid, ignored, or short-changed by God.” Read this post.

Release of Nashville Statement: A Manifesto on Biblical Sexuality

On Tuesday, August 29, a manifesto known as the Nashville Statement was signed by a group of evangelical leaders “who believe that it is [the Christian’s] responsibility to speak clearly to issues of gender and sex and sexuality and biblical morality in a time when these issues are commonly confused.” To learn more about the manifesto and to hear Dr. Albert Mohler’s response to the media’s criticism, listen to this episode of The Briefing.

Six Questions to Ask Before You Binge on Netflix

Before you start a new show on Netflix, consider this advice from John Piper. In this Ask Pastor John episode, he explains that as Christians, we need to reorient our thinking and ask more questions about our media consumption than merely “What’s wrong with it?” You can use the questions he includes as a radical litmus test to navigate Netflix, but more than that, you can use them as you seek to further become “an authentic, passionate, earnest, God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated lover of Jesus.” Listen to this episode or read the transcript.

How to Cultivate Connection

“How can we work to create an environment where deep and meaningful friendships can form?” True Woman blogger Kelly Needham addresses this question and offers eight ways we can create and cultivate environments in our churches where friendship, connection, and community can blossom and thrive. Listen to this teaching.

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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