Take Your Pick 8/1/10

# 1 Some voices that are talking about Anne Rice’s recent declaration that she’s quitting Christianity.

# 2 John Piper on productivity. I loved this:

A leader is not a jellyfish that gets tossed around by the waves, nor is he an oyster that is immovable. The leader is the dolphin of the sea and can swim against the stream or with the stream as he plans.

# 3 Our Church Isn’t Cute, by Jared Wilson, sums up pretty well how I feel about our “cute little Baptist church.”

Our church is “cute.” Because it’s small, old, traditional. “Cute” is the backhanded compliment for those who’d never go to a “cute” church, but want you to know they admire it and perhaps even those who aren’t privileged enough to go to a church “successful” enough for a building that is big, impressive, full-service. You know, not cute, but rather “awesome.”

# 4 Paul David Tripp gives some great gospel advice to married people: