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…
“we need to listen to what our specific challenges with lust are telling us about our brokenness. We are responsible for our behaviour today, but failing to acknowledge the past and how we got to where we are sets us up for frustration and failure. Until we start seeing how our own histories of brokenness with intimacy and connection have affected us (which includes experiences of non-sexual intimacy and longing as children and teens), we will be fighting an impossible battle. “
I have contributed a chapter to this new book on ministry and depression. It is for everyone, not just the pastor and not just depressed. Spread the word.
“How do you pastor a flock like this? A flock that has opinions. A flock that has preferences. A flock that has disagreements. A flock that has grievances. A flock that may be outwardly pleasant but inwardly burning over the myriad of unpopular decisions you have had to make as their pastor? There’s a good chance it’s affecting your preaching, too.”
“Give me a socially awkward pastor who is faithful to the Bible in preaching and pastoring the flock over a leader who is ‘cool’ but not faithful any day of the week. The church does not need charisma it needs Christ. The church needs men of character to lead the Lord’s people.”
I don’t normally listen to podcasts, but it shows how we’re all working for the same Kingdom.
“When the sea of suffering tosses you around with its unpredictability, you have hope—real hope. When unfulfilled longings pummel you with doubt and cloud your vision with despair, you have hope—real hope. When you have fled to God for refuge, when he is your salvation, when you have been made alive in Christ, Jesus is the sure and steadfast anchor for your soul. Hope in him. Hold fast to the promise that he has reconciled you to God.”
Helpful Catechism to think about when considering Christian kindness and friendships.