Here’s my recommending reading from the blogosphere for the week:
It’s Probably Not the Worship Style – Kevin DeYoung gives interesting insight into the some of the reasons why churches grow (or don’t).
The Nowness of Obedience – A brief read on the topic of obedience. Obedience to God can only happen in the present tense. You can’t put it off, waiting for better circumstances in order to begin to be obedient to God.
Just As Long As It’s Healthy – Having been asked to officiate the funeral service for a stillborn baby (not church members), I found this article timely and powerful. Every couple experiencing pregnancy gets this question: do you want a boy or a girl? Many will respond this way, “we don’t care, just as long as it’s healthy.” But “healthy” exists on a spectrum of possibilities just like disability. And that spectrum is becoming narrower with every year that passes.
Raising Gospel Centered Children – When Jesus instructs us to go out and make disciples of all nations, that includes our children—our closest disciples. Of course, discipleship should not end in the home, but our families are our most naturally-authentic relationships.
My Character – A video from the Bel Air (Presbyterian Church) Drama Department – it’s about theater, but its really about being able to take direction. Actually, its really about just having a good laugh.
As a pastor I do a lot of reading on a lot of topics from a lot of sources. I began to realize lately that perhaps I should be passing these readings along to you. So each Friday – Lord willing – I will assemble sort of a “Best Of” reading list, highlighting some of the stuff that’s come across my desk (or screen) this week. Enjoy!
15 Things Wives Should Stop Doing – What do your words and actions say to your husband about your love for him? by Mary May Larmoyeux.
Ugly Dies – by Doug Wilson. On the topic of killing the “old self.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer said that when Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. This is a good reminder on the meaning of taking up our cross and following Christ.
Why Obamacare Fails to Get God’s Vote – by Bill Blankshaen. This article (or series of articles) discusses the Affordable Healthcare Act of the Obama administration from and covenantal perspective. Its interesting, and perhaps looks at the debate from a perspective many have not considered.
North Dakota Woman Marries Herself – from the Huffington Post. One wonders if this isn’t just a gag, but it has all the makings of a real story. It only serves to demonstrate how important it is that the church take an active role in defending the Biblical teaching that marriage is ordained by God for one man and one woman.
By What Standard – an excerpt from the documentary called Collision, where Douglas Wilson debated Christopher Hitchens on Is Christianity Good for the World?
A friend on Facebook linked this video, and it just has to be shared again. Sing along, you know you want to.