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It’s worth it to see it through.

Dave Brunn in “Translation and Teamwork: A Conversation with Dave Brunn, Part 2”

What’s worth it? Working with people. Partnership in the gospel. Brotherly love.

What a blessing for a missionary to have the gift of evangelism or the gift of teaching, but Paul reminds us that there is an even “better way” (1 Cor. 12:31). The most important quality for a missionary is love. If missionaries don’t have love, all their evangelism and teaching is “a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” (1 Cor. 13:1). Perhaps their knowledge of apologetics and of theology is deep and profound, but without love, they are “nothing” (1 Cor. 13:2). Yes, there is even deep sacrifice which is not accompanied by love (1 Cor. 13:3).

Thomas R. Schreiner, “The Best ‘Gift’ for Missions” (Nov 8, 2018)

Jason Meyer, “Confessions of a Functional Cessationist,” Desiring God (Oct 2, 2017)

Jonathan T. Pennington, “How We Read the Bible Rightly and Get It Wrong,” Christianity Today (Jul 12, 2017)

“Pursuit of truth had… soured their affections one for another” /

The Ephesian believers tested those who call themselves apostles. They were theologically fierce, engaged in missions, yet unloving. And that’s deadly.

What we see in the church at Ephesus, therefore, was how their desire for orthodoxy and the exclusion of error had created a climate of suspicion and mistrust in which brotherly love could no longer flourish. Their eager pursuit of truth had to some degree soured their affections one for another. It’s one thing not to “bear with those who are evil” (Rev. 2:2), but it’s another thing altogether when that intolerance carries over to your relationship with other Christ-loving Christians!

— Sam Storms, “What was the ‘First Love’ that the Ephesians had abandoned?”, Enjoying God Blog, May 11, 2017

“Remember… from where you have fallen. Repent. And do the works you did at first.” (Rev. 2:5)

“The danger is that of coming to love the prison”: C.S. Lewis on Masturbation /

For me the real evil of masturbation would be that it takes an appetite which, in lawful use, leads the individual out of himself to complete (and correct) his own personality in that of another (and finally in children and even grandchildren) and turns it back; sends the man back into the prison of himself, there to keep a harem of imaginary brides.

And this harem, once admitted, works against his ever getting out and really uniting with a real woman. For the harem is always accessible, always subservient, calls for no sacrifices or adjustments, and can be endowed with erotic and psychological attractions which no real woman can rival. Among those shadowy brides he is always adored, always the perfect lover: no demand is made on his unselfishness, no mortification ever imposed on his vanity.

In the end, they become merely the medium through which he increasingly adores himself…

After all, almost the main work of life is to come out of ourselves, out of the little, dark prison we are all born in. Masturbation is to be avoided as all things are to be avoided which retard this process. The danger is that of coming to love the prison.

From a letter C.S. Lewis sent in 1956 to Keith Masson. Quoted in “‘In You, O Porn, I Take Refuge’: 3 Reasons Pornography Is Sinful” at Covenant Eyes.

Russell Moore, “N Is for Nazareth” (Jul 25, 2014)