I’m starting this week off with a short and sweet article from Ed Welch about hospitality. As I think about these issues in terms of the big picture, I’m reminded of just how much of these things are fixed in the small, every day things. Gospel-centered hospitality is rooted in the conversations shared between people. Welch summarizes it well, “The extroverts among us seem to make it look easy. The more shy might be intimidated by the potential awkwardness or silence. But loving pursuit is neither easy nor natural to anyone. All of us need both humility and help from Scripture in order to navigate the early stages of a helpful conversation.”
As I’m just a few months out from my daughter being born, this article really touched me. What does it look like to bless our children before bed? How can we make sure the last thing they hear from us is a word which stirs their heart’s affections for the Lord? John Piper gives us things to think about in this episode of “Ask Pastor John.”
This week, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission released a summary of research conducted by the Barna institute concerning the issues facing many U.S. Pastors (you can find the original report here: https://www.barna.com/research/whats_on_mind_americas_pastors/). The ERLC report helps distill some of the information, but the point is still the same: the biggest concern facing pastors today is a concern over the gospel. If you’re a pastor, or if you’re a church member, this article is worth taking some time to read- the insight into the issues facing pastors is incredibly useful!
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