Saturday Snippets (February 26)

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…

Cracks in the Casita: A metaphor of ministry failure

“The Disney movie Encanto presents a gifted family, organized to serve its community, grappling with the internal dynamics of its mission. It provides a surprisingly great picture of a hidden threat to the health of churches & other ministries.”

‘I FEAR CHRISTENDOM HAS GIVEN MUCH EFFORT TO HIDING AND IGNORING INIQUITIES WE HAVE KNOWN ABOUT…’

“In practicing darkness while professing light, we sin. Often those things that enable long-term sin to continue are so much a part of the fabric of our lives that we do not even see them anymore.”

O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING

“My life, my leaf, though momentary, would be one of many and surrounded by many witnesses. It would bask in the light of the Son for a time before falling to join its kin at the base of the tree, making room for younger leaves.”

A Lethargic Faith?

“Ever feel that your enthusiasm is gone and that your spiritual life is like walking through a thick bog of mud? There are things you can remember and things you can do to help remedy that.”

The Necessity of Sound Doctrine

“In an age when doctrine is marginalized and disdained, Paul reminds us that biblical, sound doctrine is the golden chain linked to all the characteristics listed above. Without sound doctrine, the chain falls apart, releasing a torrent of false teaching and an onslaught of immaturity. We could put it forthrightly: the church falls apart without sound doctrine.”

Are Singles Less Sanctified?

“Sanctification is both the status that believers enjoy as being holy and also the process by which we grow in our holiness—it’s both who we are and what we are becoming.”

Seven Common Misconceptions about the King James Bible

“The KJB is read daily all over the world and is still, by one poll, the most read English Bible in America. Rightly so. It blooms to its greatest beauty when we regularly trim the myths that threaten to crowd it out. When not choked by myths, it provides a visual banquet on which our souls may feast.”

The Seven Works of the Holy Spirit

“We should not necessarily expect that all seven of these works of the Spirit must be observed to say that something was from the Spirit. In fact, it is common to see one or two of these works present when the Spirit moves in an individual’s life. However, absence of all of these works of the Spirit should cause doubt of whether something was genuinely from the Spirit.”

THE LAST ENEMY: A PERSONAL REFLECTION ON CHRIST & CALAMITY

“I hate death. Early that grim morning my wife died I told my closest friend and confidant: “I wish I was more fluent in profanity; I have a few choice words for the devil.””

What Does a Faith Crisis Feel Like?

“At some point, many Christians experience unsettling doubts regarding their professed beliefs. Some Christians experience this more than others. The areas of our individual doubt struggles are as diverse and complex as our Christian faith claims.”

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