Here is a heart-wrenching story about a father who had to watch his daughter fight Covid-19 from a distance. His thoughts on trusting the faithfulness of God challenged me as I read it. This one is well worth your time!
As church’s are finding creative ways to gather as the nation opens once again, some may wonder why it’s so important to come together. This article provides a great answer.
Here’s an older Tim Challies article that sheds a positive light on parenting teenagers. Sometimes, we can get so caught up on the negatives and miss the positives which come with this stage of life. I love this encouragement!
It’s easy to be discouraged about the ups and downs of attendance, especially as our ministries have been forced to rely on technology during this season. How can we utilize this time to make the most of attendance trends? This quote particularly challenged me: “Make a shift in your thinking. Rather than thinking about how to get students (or people in general) to attend a gathering, emphasize engagement.”
I’ve shared an article like this before, but they always challenge me more than I expect. Here, Ray Ortlund shares advice to young pastors, focusing on the “basics” of ministry. As I consider my desire to remain faithful where God has called me, these words not only challenge me, but encourage me to continue on.
So many of us struggle to have a healthy understanding of Christ’s view of us. In this article, I was reminded of just how complete Jesus’ work on the cross was. I think this is a great approach on the topic- looking to Christ and drawing the implications for our lives from there, instead of focusing on us alone.
This week, the stories of Rhett and Link from the hit YouTube show Good Mythical Morning started to make their rounds in Christian circles. I’ve been watching their videos for a few years now, and while it’s nice to have some answers about the events from their past that they swept under the rug, it breaks my heart to see what’s happened. When people walk away from the faith, it can be hard to understand what’s going on. This article, by D. Michael Clary, helps shed some light on the situation and how to think through it.
Since I’m touching on the hot topic issues of the week, this article by Todd Wagner gives his take on how to think through the COVID-19 outbreak in the world. It’s hard to tell right now how much is media hype and how much of this is a real threat- only time will tell- but as Believers, we need to think through all of this with an eternal perspective. Wagner leads us to do exactly that.
Tim Challies wrote this article a few weeks back, so I wanted to share it with all of you. Challies is part of the inspiration behind this blog, so I think this article is a good chance for you to get an inside look behind why I started this side project. Even though I still have a ways to go in consistently posting and sharing new content, my hope is to inspire others to take the leap and start writing for themselves. Challies’ article shows a great place to start.
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!
Tim Challies shared this on his blog this morning- it’s a great deal. If you need a new Bible, this is hard to pass up!
This week’s top three is going to be quick- moving the students upstairs has made life CRAZY this week. Here we go:
One of the most beautiful things to come out of remembering Kobe Bryant was the stories that were shared about his joy in being the father to girls. One of those stories went viral and caused others to begin to share their stories, thus causing this hashtag to trend last week. Micah Fries shares from his experience in this heartfelt article.
I was doing some research on a new doorbell for our house when I came across this article from Chris Martin. One of my favorite parts of what he writes is how he gets to the heart of the issue so quickly: “According to the FBI and Pew, violent crime decreased by over 50% in the last couple of decades…Yet we are more afraid than we have ever been.”
In this highly enlightening op-ed piece from Youth Pastor Evan “Baller” Branson- I can’t even finish that sentence seriously. I’ve been waiting for the right time to share a Babylon Bee article, and this one had me rolling. It’s a good time for a good laugh. Thanks, Bee.