Aimee Byrd. Keeping It Real. (Reformation 21) “We often confuse the raw, here and now, recognizable situation as the true and authentic. But there is only one person who is authentic, Jesus Christ. And the truth is we need a preservative of sorts to reach holiness.”
Deal of the Day
James Anderson. What’s Your Worldview. Reviewed by Aaron Armstrong.
John Piper. Don’t Waste Your Theological Education. HT Denny Burk
Brett McCracken. Has ‘Authenticity’ Trumped Holiness?. (TGC) “Evangelicalism—both on the individual and institutional level—is trying hard to purge itself of a polished veneer that smacked of hypocrisy. But by focusing on brokenness as proof of our “realness” and “authenticity,” have evangelicals turned “being screwed up” into a badge of honor, its own sort of works righteousness? Has authenticity become a higher calling than, say, holiness?”
J D Greear. Can You Worship While You Work?. “When someone thinks about their work being “Christian,” all kinds of disturbing images come to mind.”
Mez McConnell. The Importance of Good Research for Church Planting Ministry. “Most planters are fine with getting facts and figures off the internet and spouting them to anybody who will listen in an effort to look like they know what they’re doing. But the hard work is done on the ground, among the community, by talking to people and, more importantly, listening to what they have to say.”
Psalm 41.3 “The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.”
“Pure thoughts cannot produce evil deeds.” Augustine
“A man listening for a call is never a man sitting still. A key sign of the summons is godly ambition that’s being channeled into action.” Dave Harvey. Am I Called?.