A La Carte (August 5)

Good morning. May the Lord bless and keep you throughout this day.

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(Yesterday on the blog: Who Gave You The Right?)

My Friend Shala

Melissa reflects on the death of a friend. “The last time I saw Shala in person, I knew it would probably be the last time. She looked so good, so beautiful and so like herself. She said, ‘I hope we get a chance to visit again.’ And I knew exactly what she meant: this could be our last moment together on this earth.”

Why Pastors Would Do Well to Stay In Our Lane

Mike Leake encourages pastors to stay in their lane. “I am sharing this story to make a point that I hope other pastors will heed. I’m convinced that we do great damage to our ministries when we fail to stay in our lane. For one, we can end up losing credibility in the important things because we were wrong on lesser things. Secondly, we can do actual harm to others by giving poor advice in areas we shouldn’t be advising in. Lastly, we are shaking hands with an ideology that will inevitably cut our own legs out from under us.”

Focusing On What I Can Measure

“I got a watch recently that counts my footsteps. For my whole life I’ve never had a clue about the number of steps I take each day, but now I know, and all of a sudden I care. If I reach my goal number, I feel good. If I don’t, I feel less good.” There’s good spiritual application to this.

How to Inhabit an Unraveling Culture

Jonathan Dodson: “Instead of being formed by the wisdom of the past (including the biblical wisdom to be quick to listen and slow to speak), we react as if all that matters is an intense, underinformed, unreflective now. Fully immersed in the trending debates and rage cycles of the moment—and unwilling to let the past give us perspective or pause—we contribute to the rapid unraveling of society.”

Book Review: Preachers N Sneakers

I don’t care to read the book Preachers N Sneakers, but was glad to read this review. “The leaders of many hip megachurches these days not only dress like celebrities, they hang with them. Depending on the day, it seems like about a dozen people claim to be pastoring Justin Bieber. What does it mean when pastors circulate in elite entertainment circles and sometimes emulate those circles? What does it mean when Christian conferences turn evangelists into rock stars?”

Fifteen Pointers for Preachers

Brian Najapfour has a bunch of helpful little pointers for preachers.

Bobbie, The Wonder Dog Who Walked 2,500 Miles to Home

I’m sure you’ve heard this story before, but it’s fun to read it again.

Flashback: Is White Fragility a Helpful Resource for Christians?

This is a bad book and one that is unlikely to serve Christians as we consider issues related to race, racism, and racial reconciliation. In what follows I will simply provide a few reasons I’m convinced it’s an unhelpful and unbiblical book.

Sometimes the growing Christian sinks under a sense of sin so miserable that he wishes he could tear open his chest, rip out his sin-blackened heart, and fling it as far from himself as possible. —Donald Whitney