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5 Things The Seeker Movement Got Right

Jared Wilson: “Actually, these are more like five ‘right ideas’ or five ‘right tracks’ the ‘seeker sensitive’ church growth movement started down before it veered hard into a fuller blown consumerism and became the attractional church.”

Selective Hearing

“Your ears are delicate instruments, fine-tuned to hear a wide range of noises. What keeps them from being ripped apart by violent waves of loud vibrations?”

#NotMyPresident

“I have noticed all over social media for some time the hashtag #NotMyPresident. Both sides. Do your own search on Twitter. You’ll find those who reject President Obama and others who reject President-elect Trump. Democrats. Republicans. Libertarians. Independents. Men. Women. Old. Young.” Kevin Carson discusses the hashtag and the movement behind it.

Build a Rescue Ship, Not a Luxury Liner

J.D. Greear uses a helpful illustration. “Yes, we want to have warm, inviting, well-kept environments, done excellently for the glory of God. But we do it with the understanding that our resources weren’t given to us to create a cruise liner for Christians; they were given to build a rescue station for the broken.”

Wisdom for Reading the Proverbs

“Facing the difficulties of reading the Proverbs—while knowing that they are necessary for our spiritual growth in grace—here are seven tips on how to get the most out of reading Proverbs.”

This Day in 1890. 127 years ago today hymnwriter Florence Catherine Armstrong died. One of her best-known hymns was ‘Oh to Be Over Yonder.’ *

iPhone Naysayers

It’s kind of fun to go back and read the people who said the iPhone was going to be a disaster rather than a world-changer. “If it’s smart [Apple] will call the iPhone a ‘reference design’ and pass it to some suckers to build with someone else’s marketing budget. Then it can wash its hands of any marketplace failures… Otherwise I’d advise people to cover their eyes. You are not going to like what you’ll see.”

The Best Kind of Self-Care is Care for Others

You’ll need to be sure to read all the way to the end to get the best part of this one! Here’s the theme: “The joy that comes in serving others is grossly underrated.”

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! in Quebec has the distinction of being the only town in the world with two exclamation points in its name. Also, no one knows who put them there.

Flashback: The Greatest Hindrance to the Gospel Today

What is the greatest hindrance to the gospel today? To echo Chesterton, I am.

Jon Foreman

The kingdom of heaven is comprised of the broken, the fatherless, the poor, the starving… Nothing that could create good ratings for NBC. —Jon Foreman