As well as reading a lot of books, I also read a ton of articles every week. Here are some of the articles that I’ve read recently and have found interesting, helpful, challenging and encouraging. I hope that they will be the same for you, my dear readers…
This is a really good 4 part series unpacking Psalm 88 and it’s relevance for the depressed and downcast. I highly recommend you follow along with this series and this new blog.
I’ve heard this done a lot over the years and I’ve never quite felt comfortable with it. Jones helpfully gives us a few reasons why we should not make a connection between he offices of Christ and modern leadership.
“The return of Christ will be the end-point of human history, but it will not be a stand-alone event. Christ will come with clear purposes in mind. One of these will be to raise the dead. Another will be to summon all nations to his Throne of Judgement.”
If you are in Christ, it is not your past who that defines who you are but your union with Christ.
“Underpinning all of this should be our fear of the Lord rather than our fear of man. We should be much more concerned with the state of someone’s soul rather than what they think of us.”
“All our prayers are for God’s glory. Today, our prayer lives can be energized. They can be strengthened when we realize the power of prayer and its importance for our lives and the lives of others. Let’s commit ourselves more fully and vigorously to lives of prayer! As the Protestant martyr, Hugh Latimer proclaimed: “The greatest comfort in the world is to talk with God, and to call upon him.” Let us pray…!”
I see where Brett is coming from and I get his points and agree to some extent. But I do think that the Coronavirus can fuel a sense of comfort and a “I can get ‘church’ from my couch so why bother going in person” mentality.
Amen, Amen and Amen. Don’t settle for cheap ‘discipleship’. It sounds attractive but it will not nourish you.