Today’s Kindle deals include some excellent resources on the local church. You’ll also find my little book Run to Win and a few from Reformation Heritage Books.
(Yesterday on the blog: Biographies for People Who Have Never Read a Biography)
“In the midst of efforts to reconcile with longtime critics, Harvest Bible Chapel fired its founder and senior pastor James MacDonald for ‘engaging in conduct … contrary and harmful to the best interests of the church.'” I appreciate Barnabas Piper’s warning: “It’s easy to discuss and share this kind of news. But what will be less-noticed is the crumbling of a church home and community of faith for hundreds and thousands of people. This is a tragedy, not just a juicy news story.”
Yesterday David French delivered a series of lectures about intersectionality at Southern Seminary. You can find the first one above.
I really enjoyed this one! “When Matisha moved into the retirement apartment next to my Mum last year, things got ugly. Very ugly. Very quickly. Matisha took an instant dislike to Mum. Only my Mum. All the other residents she was fine with. Chatted with them. Spent time with them But there was something about Mum that she took an instant dislike to. From day one. No matter what Mum tried to do for her. And boy, did Mum try.”
“At traffic lights, where many have despaired of ever getting to work, our local public transport company erected a sign with the simple words, ‘You are not stuck in traffic, you are the traffic’. Amid frayed tempers, blared horns, steamed windows, and tired people, a simple statement penetrated so much of the frustration felt by so many – we are not just experiencing the problem, but we are part of its existence.” There are lessons to be learned.
“The proliferation of empty churches in Europe shows no signs of abating. Over the past twenty years, more than five hundred Catholic churches have closed in Germany—of those a third were demolished and the others sold for development. But it’s not just Catholics feeling the pain of secularization; it’s Protestants too.”
I enjoyed the contrast between this article and the next one. “Sometimes date night—complete with the babysitter and nice dinner—just feels impossible, and our unbroken evening routine leaves us wondering: Must two tired parents go on regular date nights away from the pressures of home life to maintain the joy and intimacy of marriage? Is that the Christian ideal?”
“One of the things we say is that they should pick an evening (which can change, of course) and call it ‘Date Night.’ Make that evening sacrosanct. Let absolutely nothing interfere with it. Cling onto it with their whole selves. Do not let any excuses or tiredness or anger shift them off from enacting it, especially with liturgy, Every Single Week.”
Only a century ago and before Korea was divided into two, Pyongyang was considered “the Jerusalem of the East,” a model of success for missions and the center of a growing Christianity in Korea.
Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you. —Elisabeth Elliot