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…
“Booth and the Salvation Army went right on actively leading people to Christ, ministering to the material needs of individuals and promoting moral-social reform, all despite strong ongoing opposition. The Lord granted them not only the ability to do so, but also significant success in their ministries in spite of the enmity they faced.”
“Sound theology should shape everything we do in corporate worship. But what does that mean for music in particular? Don Carson recently sat down with worship leaders Keith Getty and Matt Boswell to discuss the relationship between the truth we believe and the songs we sing.”
Keller kills it with this one “All problems, personal or social, come from a failure to apply the gospel in a radical way, a failure to get “in line with the truth of the gospel” (Gal. 2:14). All pathologies in the church and all its ineffectiveness come from a failure to let the gospel be expressed in a radical way. If the gospel is expounded and applied in its fullness in any church, that church will begin to look very unique. People will find in it both moral conviction yet compassion and flexibility.”
“Emotions can be difficult to communicate because not everyone will have the vocabulary to describe how they feel. Especially if those emotions are painful. Sometimes words just aren’t enough. This can be a real struggle for Christians. Can we effectively communicate pain without being irreverent? Can we really voice our anger at God because of the situation we find ourselves in?”
“What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus! It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! Here is how you can be saved from my judgment!” That’s an announcement you can’t afford to ignore.”
This is a very helpful essay by Christopher Ash
“Multicultural churches are desirable, and can be exciting illustrations of the realm of God. But they are my no means easy to achieve. Long term commitment to the vision of a multicultural fellowship plus an abundance of grace and agape love seems to be the secret of success.“
Very interesting article about some of the approaches and dangers to politics and Christianity.
It’s as if Johnny Prime read my mind. I was having a conversation with someone just the other week about Sabbaticals for pastors and was thinking of writing it out.
I spoke briefly about my past with depression in this new book that released this week, follow the link to listen in and here’s a link if you want to buy the book