This week I've found some good stuff for you guys. Al Mohler celebrates 25 years at Southern Seminary. Here are some lessons to be learned.
Turkey Releases US Pastor After Two Years: "I love Jesus. I love Turkey,"
Hurricane Michael Flattens Beach Towns: "Flooding destroyed 1,000 homes in the small town of Port St Joe, not far from Mexico Beach."
Washington State Abolishes Death Penalty: "The court ruled that the death penalty is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner and is invalid. The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights, it does not deter crime or improve public safety, and it should be ended once and for all."
Catholic Archbishop Resigns Over Sex Abuse: "More than one-third of Catholics believe the pope is doing a “poor” job on the issue of sexual abuse – three times the proportion in 2015."
5 Critical Issues In Galatians: David DeSilva reflects on 5 critical issues in the book of Galatians after writing his new commentary on the book. This is a great read.
The Most Important Skill Nobody Taught You: "We ignore the fact that never facing this nothingness is the same as never facing ourselves. And never facing ourselves is why we feel lonely and anxious in spite of being so intimately connected to everything else around us." (NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS NOT WRITTEN FROM A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW, however, for the Christian, this is a thought provoking article that should cause us to reflect on why we are so busy).
The Christian Duty Of Imagination: "Imagination may be the hardest work of the human mind. And perhaps the most God-like. It is the closest we get to creation out of nothing."
How Do Christians Fit Into A Two Party System? We Don't: "So Christians are pushed toward two main options. One is to withdraw and try to be apolitical. The second is to assimilate and fully adopt one party’s whole package in order to have your place at the table. Neither of these options is valid."
Grace Means Christians Can Live Differently From The World: "But this “it’s all about grace” talk goes wrong when we say that the amazing grace that saves the Christian doesn’t also make him distinct from the unbeliever in love, action, and speech."
Four Steps To Becoming A Great Church (Of Any Size): "We’ve convinced ourselves that it’s not possible to become a great church without becoming a big church. But the truth is, any church can become great. No matter what size it is."
I haven't had a lot of time to listen to podcasts this week, but here are a few things for you.
The Briefing (Thursday): Hurricane Michael, the left turns on their own, and chivalry. (23 min)
Solid Joys (Beware of Serving God): "This sounds very strange. Most of us think serving God is a totally positive thing. We have not considered that serving God may be an insult to him." (3 min)
New Covenant Baptism: A couple of friends of mine sit down and talk about baptism. (79 min).
Jon is husband to Carlee, Papa to Finleigh and Ainsley, a pastor at Arbor Drive Community Church in York, Ne, and co-host of The Pastor Discussions Podcast