If you’re looking for some good new music, be sure to check out Sandra McCracken’s new album Patient Kingdom and Citizens’ new album The Joy of Being.
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(Yesterday on the blog: Why Social Justice Is Not Biblical Justice)
I think this is very important. “Some pastors view churches as stepping stones to move up and up until they finally ‘arrive.’ I know one pastor who won’t even consider a call to another church unless it doubles his current church in every metric, from membership to budget.”
“Why did God make so much color, so many beautiful patterns? So much of the creation account seems like life for the sake of God’s joy overflowing in creativity. I heard someone this week actually say, a duck is like God saying, ‘I’m going to make a water chicken with a kazoo for a mouth.’ That doesn’t seem too far from the mark when you think about it. The beauty and creativity of this world came straight from the heart of God.”
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Here’s Jonathan Leeman writing for Christianity Today: “Ms. Mayor, I don’t want your theology. My discipleship to Christ needs my fellow saints, and they need me. We’re one body. Gathering doesn’t make us the church, but it does make us a church.”
Here is some good news! “Because God in His far-reaching love, worked through a killing, a plane crash, faithful missionaries, translators and organisations like MAF, these Yali tribes no longer walk the path of darkness. Their path is lit by the Word of God…”
John Piper answers this question which I think we’ve all asked at one time or another.
Brianna Lambert offers some leadership lessons for everyone. “For the everyday person, advice on leadership may feel reserved for pastors, bosses, and elders alone. Yet the word “lead” can have a much broader definition. Surely we can lead within formal organizations and offices, but we also lead by simply guiding. The church is full of such leaders.”
You asked for some quick pointers in preparing your first sermon. Here are a few that come to mind.