This was one of those weeks where my meandering through the various sites and blogs I read uncovered a lot of good articles–to many to include in just six days. So for that reason I’m offering a rare Sunday edition of A La Carte. Enjoy these links!
Andrew Wilson considers the various ways salt was significant in Jesus’s day. “An awful lot of Jesus’s disciples, the very people whom he identified as the salt of the earth, are still not entirely clear on what he meant. Lots of us have heard explanations of it—our job is to make the world taste better or stop it from rotting—but these explanations often conflict with each other and suffer from various problems.”
“The overwhelming majority of things that people get hot under the collar about in churches are neither matters of outright heresy nor biblical issues. There is plenty that we do in our churches that, at best, are legitimate applications of biblical principles or simply indifferent things.”
Sometimes we all need to be reminded and assured that the Lord really is on the move.
These are some good thoughts about the proper place of fun in youth ministry. “Fun is not the enemy, and it’s time for youth workers to sit down and really think about their approach to games as a discipleship tool in their ministry.”
“In the middle of a long race, doubt can be a killer. Realizing how far you have to go, the present ache in your body can make finishing seem unlikely. Doubt then quickly transforms itself into certainty and you give up. Likewise, it is with the Christian life. If we doubt our ability to trust and obey the Lord until the end, then we will make it even harder to persevere and we might be tempted to quit. Therefore, when we find the race that God has set before us difficult, we need to run with confidence. How might we do that?” Patrick Ramsey offers three considerations.
Is there such a thing as a bad prayer? That’s the question Pat Quinn considers and answers in this article.