Saturday Snippets (July 10)

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…

My 30-Second Sermon as We Prepared for a Crash Landing

“I don’t care who you are, what you’ve done, or how anti-God you’ve been. If you accept God’s peace terms—turning from sin and trusting in Christ—you will know for certain where you’ll be after you die. And you can live with peace and hope in a world where death, for any of us, is only ever a sinkhole or failed engine away.”

When It Comes to Abuse, It Takes a Village

“Christ is stronger than anti-Christ. This is the very essence of Christian faith. Can we look at the evil of this world—all its anti-Christ ways—and yet say that Christ is stronger, truer, more real? To confess this is to believe. And to believe is to have hope.”

You’re So Vain, You Probably Think Ministry Is Only About You

“We cannot be so vain to think that ministry is only about us and our churches. To have a narrow definition of ministry is to have a narrow understanding of how the Lord is at work through His people today.”

The Pastor as Babbler (Why It Might Be OK That I Don’t Have Time to Read All My Books)

“I will work hard to understand as much as I can, while still acknowledging basic limitations, trade-offs, and shifting priorities are a part of ministry as well. This vision encourages me to be a steward of the time I do have to research while also trusting God in all of the time I cannot.”

5 Reasons Christians Should Read Classic Literature

“Whether your experience with reading mirrors Marianne’s or you haven’t picked up a classic since wiping the drool off one during high school English class, Karen Swallow Prior believes you can see great books in a new light.”

Does God Give Us More than We Can Handle?

“God is sovereign and we can trust him. Every time God gives you more than you can handle and the more powerless you feel, the deeper into the heart of God you can travel. Our Father is not afraid of your questions, and you are safely in his grip. Take some time away from the distractions of daily life and ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind and heart to God’s word. Write out your fears and cry out to God for answers.”

What Does Jeremiah 29:11 Mean?

“Understood within the larger context of the Bible, God still speaks to us today through a promise he made to the Jewish people while in exile. Once we understand the nature of God’s plans for us as believers and the nature of the good he promises to do us, we can confidently apply the heart of this promise to our lives today.”

5 Ways to Benefit from the Lord’s Supper

“One day you will come to the Lord’s Supper for the last time. When Christ calls you home, your faith will be turned to sight, as you are translated from the worship of earth to the worship of heaven. Until that day…”

Jonah and the Justice of the Cross

“Imagine for a moment if God treated us the way we often wish he’d treat others. Imagine if God treated us the way we treat others. We’d be in real trouble, wouldn’t we?”

On the Longing to be Seen, Heard, and Known

“The desire to be seen, heard, and known is universal. We all want to feel significant, worthy of attention, and validated by others. It’s painful to feel ignored, anonymous, or irrelevant.”

Far From Home

“We hosted international students for years. They taught me a lot about the universal need for family. They taught our kids the importance of welcoming the stranger. Our family is infinitely richer from having them share our table all those years.”

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