Monthly Archives: February 2013

“Faithmapping” Your Spiritual Journey: A Conversation with Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper

The pastors from Sojourn want “the whole gospel for the whole church for the whole world.” Their book is balanced, comprehensive, and pastoral. Put it on your reading list.

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Worth a Look 2.28.13

Kindle Deal of the Day: Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters by N. T. Wright. $1.99.

In the tradition of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and his own classic book Simply Christian, N. T. Wright invokes 200 years of Biblical scholarship to show us how we should best retell the story of Jesus today.

Bob Glenn – 6 Types of Selfishness:

Six types of selfishness in my own life came to the surface, which, if I wasn’t confident that Christ died to kill them, might leave me in despair. But since I know that Jesus, because of his great love for me, died so that I would no longer be shackled to my little life, I am free to admit my selfishness to him (and to you).

Michael Svigel – Overcoming 4 Church Myths:

The time has come to refute the myths and slay the monster, replacing it with a corporate body reflecting marks and works of authenticity and created according to God’s image for the church.

Little Change in Abortion Attitudes:

The Democrats’ emphasis on abortion and contraception this election cycle was successful in many respects. It likely succeeded in increasing turnout among pro-choice voters. It probably also made pro-choice voters more likely to cast their vote based on the abortion issue. But a serious analysis of survey data over time provides little evidence that this fall’s election cycle substantially shifted public opinion in favor of legal abortion.

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Why Does Death Still Surprise Us?

You’d think after thousands of years of observation, we’d be accustomed to death by now. But no… the love in our hearts doesn’t want to give death the last word.

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Worth a Look 2.27.13

Kindle Deal of the Day: Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian by Gary Haugen. $2.99.

International Justice Mission president Gary Haugen has found that engaging in the fight for justice is the most deeply satisfying way of life. This book shows how we too can be a part of God’s great expedition.

Chuck Lawless – 7 Steps to Move Members into Ministry:

Sam attends his church faithfully every Sunday, but he is not involved in doing ministry through his church. Others view Sam as a committed member simply because he is there every Sunday morning, and no one would dare question his faithfulness.

Yet, Sam is really doing nothing in his church.  How do you move members like him into ministry?

Josh Reich on the power of habit:

Most of the choices we make each day may feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they’re not. They’re habits. And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we order, what we say to our kids each night, whether we save or spend, how often we exercise, and the way we organize our thoughts and work routines have enormous impacts on our health, productivity, financial security, and happiness.

A Puritan and a Biologist on the Appeal of Beauty:

In the Christian understanding, humanity was made for the contemplation and enjoyment of God, and since the beauty of creation is the shadow of the radiance of the divine beauty, it is no mystery that we …

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3 Reasons I’ll Be Reading Rob Bell’s New Book

Many evangelical readers, bloggers and pastors will skip this one. Why read a book you figure will frustrate you? All that considered, I will be reading Rob’s latest. Here’s why…

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Worth a Look 2.26.13

Kindle Deal of the Day: Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. $1.99.

This twentieth century masterpiece provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

For your groups – How to Create Aha Moments with Good Questions:

We often think the quickest way to learn is to read a book or sit through a lecture, but Socrates would ask his pupils questions. The questions forced them to think critically and come up with their own insights.

 6 Ways to Preach with Passion (Hint… Yelling Isn’t One of Them):

Many preachers are like a light switch when it comes to passion, it’s either flipped on or off, either talking or yelling. To more effectively use passion in your preaching, think of it as a dimmer switch with various levels of passion and smooth transitions from one to the other.

Michael Kelley – What the Gospel Says to the Kid Who is Left Out:

The gospel tells us that we aren’t going to be left out. The fear of “missing something” is abated with the knowledge that God has given us everything. And now, knowing that we are once and for all on the inside – inside the family; inside the promises; inside the dearly loved prized possession of God Himself – frees us from that nagging sensations that we might be left out.

10 Lost Cities, Mythical Civilizations of the Ancient World:

Whole capitals have vanished without a trace, leaving only rumours …

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Missional John Stott: A Review of “Christian Mission in the Modern World”

Stott’s work focuses on biblically defining five important words: mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation, and conversion.

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Worth a Look 2.25.13

Kindle Deal of the Day (Must-Read!): Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church by Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger & Josh Patterson. $3.99.

The gospel impacts all the church is and does. Creature of the Word lays out this concept in full, first examining the rich, scripture-based beauty of a Jesus-centered church, then clearly providing practical steps toward forming a Jesus-centered church.

Washington Post – Yes, We Fear and Loathe Religious Traditionalists:

Reporters: open your mind to the actual (not imagined) arguments of your opponents. Learn to report their views as accurately as you would want someone to report your own beliefs.

Tim Challies: Admonition – An Unpopular Love Language

The Bible teaches us that admonishing or warning one another of the sin (or danger of sin) we see in each others’ lives can be a sign of deep love.

Is the Defense of Traditional Marriage Like the Defense of Slavery?

Framing this as a civil rights issue on a par with racial equality not only turns every traditional marriage defender into another Bull Connor but it also will make it much harder to preserve religious freedoms for those who disagree.

Josh Cousineau – Why Aren’t We Missional?

Here are a few of the reasons I have observed in my own life, my church’s life for why we not living a lives compelled by the mission of God.

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Clinging to Him as a Branch to the Tree

A Puritan prayer of reliance on Christ.

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One Greater Than Jonah

While Jonah did not endure so much as to be reproached for those who were saved, I underwent even death, and that the most shameful death, and after this I sent others again.

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