ADVICE FOR YOUNG PASTORS & LEADERS: “Don’t neglect caring for your own soul before you care for other souls.” Young ministry leader Tyler Saldaña gives some advice to other young ministry leaders.
A ‘GOSPEL’ THAT ALMOST KILLED ME: “The white-knuckled discipline that I once devoted to the prosperity gospel, I now devote to trusting fully in the finished work of Christ and the grace that I breathe in to survive.” Sean DeMars gives an account of his live when he was devoted to the ‘prosperity gospel’ and how his eyes were opened to the true gospel.
4 WAYS TO MINISTER TO US ‘YOUNG GUNS’: “Many young guys have big hearts and legitimate ambition for the kingdom of God. The church of the future will be far better served if young men are guided and shepherded by more seasoned saints.” John Pond explains four ways older men can mentor younger men in the ministry.
REWRITING OLD HYMNS FOR A NEW GENERATION: “While the text has and will stand the test of time, the melody lost that fight long ago.” Dustin Kensrue shares some reasons and tips for rewriting hymns.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR MISSIONARIES ACTUALLY TEACH?: “Stop sending prosperity-preaching missionaries to the jungles of Peru. They’re killing the villages here. Your missionaries are spending tens of thousands of dollars, traveling across land and sea, invading and settling into new cultures, and it’s all for nothing. They’re doing more harm than good.” This is a very important post that all Christians need to read – especially if they support missionaries, are missionaries, or plan to be missionaries. Sean DeMars talks about how the American Church is exporting the prosperity gospel into places like Peru (where he serves) through missionaries. He challenges us to know what our missionaries believe before we support or send them.
WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH: “[True worship] is both an affair of the heart and an affair of the mind.” David Mathis discusses what it means to worship in spirit and truth.
WHEN YOUR HEART ISN’T IN IT: “You might find yourself sitting in darkness and uninterested in God’s word, prayer, or worship. But do not neglect these things, for no matter how feeble your faith is at the moment, God will strengthen and enlarge it.” Joe Thorn challenges us to seek the Lord even when our heart just isn’t in it.
THE LIFE-RATTLING TRUTH THAT HAS KEPT ME IN AFRICA: “Paying mere mental assent to a doctrine is quite different than having that doctrine shape your thinking and ultimately your decisions.” Philip Hunt explains how practically experiencing the sovereignty of God has kept him in Africa for 20+ years.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF TWITTER: Kevin DeYoung shares some hilarious, but great points about what we should and shouldn’t do on Twitter.
THREE CHALLENGES FOR THE CHRISTIAN BLOGOSPHERE: “We need to be less about whatever bonehead move Celebrity Pastor X made this week and more about the gospel.” Aaron Armstrong challenges Christian bloggers with three things he would like to see change this year in the blogosphere.
“When you blow it, God still celebrates His Son in you. The litmus test of whether or not you understand the gospel is what you do when you fail. Do you run from Him and go clean yourself up a little bit before you come back into the throne room? Or do you approach the throne of grace with confidence? If you don’t approach the throne of grace with confidence, you don’t understand the gospel.”
– Matt Chandler
HOW TO EMPOWER INTROVERTS FOR MISSION: “We must stop calling everyone to be an extroverted evangelist and allow people, specifically introverts, to live out the identity of evangelist and missionary in the way God has made them.” This is an amazing read! Evangelism is viewed and taught as going door-to-door, sharing the gospel on an airplane, street preaching, etc. For most introverts, like myself, this is anything short of terrifying. Why? It’s not because we don’t want to share the gospel or that we don’t know how. These modes of evangelism are terrifying to us because they are not how we interact through our personalities on a day-to-day basis.
5 TYPES OF FRIENDS EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE: “Take inventory of your inner circle. Does everyone look, talk, and think like you? If so, maybe it’s time to branch out. There’s no surefire formula for creating community, but there are few kinds of friendships you might be missing in your life—and that you might want to pursue.” This is a great article about the different types of friends everyone should have in their lives to help them love others like Jesus and not as projects or potential converts.
WHY SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT REMAINS CRUCIAL: “When it comes to interpreting Christ’s saving work, everything turns on our view of God’s character and the seriousness of sin.” This article discusses why the doctrine of Substitutionary Atonement remains crucial to our understanding of the gospel and what Christ has done.
MISSIONS – NOT SAFE BUT GOOD: “When we can acknowledge our perceived security is false and that safety is an illusion, we can begin to risk everything and accomplish great things for God’s glory.” We are obsessed with being safe. How does this obsession carry over into missions? What does God really expect for us? Are we guaranteed to go on a mission trip and come back safely or even alive? These are questions to consider when you think about the danger of missions.
‘YOU ARE MORE’ VIDEO JOURNAL: “We are not struggling to be free; we are free to struggle.” Mike Donehey discusses Tenth Avenue North’s song, “You are More”. Remember that you are more than the choices you have made. Remember what Christ has done today.
CHURCH PLANTER CAUGHT IN CROSSFIRE: “The gunshots were continuing. We heard glass break. We started crawling into the kitchen of our home – me, Emily and our dog. As we were crawling, we saw a large flash like an explosion. We got underneath our kitchen table and continued to hear gunshots. They were much louder and felt closer. I’m a grown man, but at that point I was terrified and I was holding my wife there under the table and holding my dog, and it got real for us…we realized that we could die.” A Boston church planter recounts his experience as he and his wife are caught in the dramatic shootout between cops and suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.
BIBLE STUDY // JONAH 3-4: This is a very timely Bible study for this weekend. As Christians, we are all missionaries. What keeps us from going to preach the gospel and call those who have done great evil to repentance? Would we rather see someone experience the eternal wrath of God that they deserve for what they have done or experience the same love and grace that we have come to know through Christ? To put my own little twist on this, keep Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in your mind as you study this Scripture this weekend. Church, pray for this young man that he may come to know Christ and experience the grace and love of God in his life.
THE WORSHIP-PROVOKING GOSPEL: “The gospel both provokes and enables the worship of God.” Matt Boswell reminds us of the gospel and how that leads to our worship of God. Let this article remind you of the glorious gospel this weekend.
MAYBE THIS IS WHY YOU ARE DEPRESSED: This video proposes the reason that you may struggle with depression, why that’s okay, and what the cure is. Check it out!
HOW TO PUT AN END TO THE HARLEM SHAKE: This video discusses the recent “harlem shake” craze and how the church sucked it up. Something to think about!
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