May the Lord be with you and bless you on this fine day.
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“I’m still a fan of short-term missions. This is not an anti-missions-trip article. Those are out there. This is not one of them. So why do I still encourage these trips? Because I believe God can use them to transform lives. Not necessarily the lives of the people you are serving. But your life? Yes!”
What makes a Bible translation bad? Mark Ward offers a few important points.
Sihle Xulu explains some of the power of liturgy. “Just like Israel we’re prone to forgetfulness and fearful idolatry. Thus we need constant reminders of the gospel story. One of the most effective ways for that is gospel-shaped liturgy in our corporate gatherings.”
In Leading from the Foundation Up, David Cook and Shane Parker offer the only book focused on Christian leadership philosophy and practice rooted in reverential awe. (Sponsored Link)
“Every pastor desires to see his congregation formed theologically (and if the pastor doesn’t want that, he should!). Part of this theological formation involves thinking through a number of questions that relate to church and state.” Kevin DeYoung offers three building blocks.
“My grandmother — one of the saintliest people I’ve ever known — used to say, ‘I can’t imagine things getting much worse. Jesus must be coming back soon.’ I chuckle when I think of her words because things indeed seem to have gotten much worse. Ideas that would have shocked my grandmother in the 1970s have now become widely accepted and celebrated — sometimes even enforced — in culture even the church.”
“We will never drift or coast to victory over sin. We will never stumble into it. In fact in many cases we won’t fight it because we haven’t even identified it as a sin. We’re going to think in this post about what it means to fight sin.” Al provides a beginner’s guide to fighting sin.
In our greatest joys we are never far from tears and in our deepest sorrows we are never far from laughter. Such is life in this broken, beautiful world.
Discontent helps nothing. It never removes a hardship, or makes a burden any lighter, or brings back a vanished pleasure. One never feels better, for complaining. It only makes him wretched!—J.R. Miller