Living the Christian Life

Happy Labor (or is it Labour?) Day!  Most of North America (the U.S. and Canada) celebrate Labor Day today.  It is one of the few non-religious holidays that the two countries celebrate on the same date (Mexico celebrates its Labor Day on May 1st).  Although it is mostly a secular holiday, the idea of “work” has always had an important place in the thinking of Reformed protestants.  Albert Mohler has some nice reflections along these lines called Leisure and Labor -Two Gifts from God.

A New Date on the Church History Calendar

Yesterday, Sunday September 4th, the goings on of the Christian Church took up more time on the newscasts than most fall Sundays – and it wasn’t just because there were no NFL games scheduled.  Yesterday marked the canonization service for the woman we all know as “Mother Teresa.”  She is one of the most-respected and popular personalities of the 20th century — and yet few know the details of her life beyond the fact that she served the Roman Catholic Church as a nun, and that she will always be connected with the poor of Calcutta.  What more should we know?  What more should we be asking?

Joe Carter penned a short piece 9 Things You Should Know About Mother Teresa will some additional links that is a good place to start.

Nicholas Batzig has some very helpful teaching on what the Bible has to say about the concept of “sainthood” in When the Saints Go Marching In.

If you like history, a look at Five Important Women of the Reformation You Should Know About may interest you.

Finally, you might be surprised to hear that there is a good-sized portion of the population who do not think much at all of Mother Teresa.  In fact the opposition to her in some circles is so pronounced that Wikipedia has an entry titled “Criticism of Mother Teresa.”  The conservative news organization Breitbart wrote about this a couple of days ago, as did the more liberal Washington Post.

Intriguing, Thought-Provoking, and Amusing

I’m always amazed at how many different species of birds I have the joy of seeing outside of our windows here in South Carolina.  One bird I will most likely never get to see in person is the Greater Honeyguide – a species of bird that has a fascinating connection with humans.  Audubon tells the story of this little fellow, and once again it is enough to make one stop and think:  Consider the [birds]: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! (Luke 12:24)