Unless you’re one of those peppy morning persons who only wake to sunshine, chances are you can use a little spiritual encouragement at the start of your week. Perhaps you’re the person who wakes up thinking, Ugh… it’s Monday. Monday morning. Already. And maybe, as Lloyd-Jones famously put it, you’re listening to yourself rather than preaching to yourself.
Well, join the club. I’m sure it’s a large club. I don’t know who manages the membership, but you’re not alone. You can use some encouragement after a weekend that was too short and too busy to actually be re-creation. Here are a few from last week that
Jared C.Wilson, What to Do With “Some People Are Saying….”
“People are saying . . .” can be emotionally crippling to even the most secure pastor. Which people? How many people? One person, two people? Members? Regular attenders? Someone who likes me? Someone who doesn’t? Suddenly every interaction with someone in the congregation is covered by a dark cloud.
Kevin DeYoung, The Front Porch (Okay, maybe this encouraged me more than it did you; but I hope The Front Porch does encourage you!)
I am thrilled to commend this new website and this new initiative. No one asked me to say anything about it. No one needs my commendation. But I can’t help but think The Front Porch represents something unique and precious in the church in our day. Of all the things happening in the evangelical church, I believe that looking back, generations from now, the most significant may prove to be the resurgence and redevelopment of strong, biblical theology in the African American church.
Trevin Wax, Good Deeds Flowing from God’s Mercy
Here’s how William Tyndale argued backward from the effects of salvation (good works) to the cause of salvation (God’s mercy).
Victor Luckerson, University of Alabama Integrates Sororities
The present finally rejected the past at the University of Alabama. On Friday, more than a week after a story about persistent segregation in the school’s sorority system attracted national attention, multiple African American women accepted bids to join traditionally white sororities. The move ends the last bastion of segregation at the tradition-bound southern university.
Hope that provides a little pep for Monday morning!