Once or twice a month, I gather up links to some of my favourite reading and resources from the past fortnight. I’d love to know what you’ve been reading in the comments too.
4 Perils of Platform
Jared Wilson warns us about the spiritual dangers which come with having a platform, whether it’s online or in your ministry.
The Puritans: Cartographers for Christ
“I cannot deny what the Puritans have done for me. They have exposed me to Christ’s riches in a way few others have been able to.”
Recalibrating Your Ministry Ambition
This article includes a series of practical steps for taking stock and assessing whether your ambition in ministry is healthy.
A Prayer for Battling a Destructive Desire
Tim Challies shares this prayer which would be helpful to memorise or have on hand for moments where we’re tempted to sin.
Shona Murray on Fighting an Allegiance to Busyness (By Faith with Christine Hoover)
“She tells us why taking time to refresh and refuel is a way of worshipping God and she offers us practical steps we can implement today, even for those who think their lives are too demanding to have peace and rest.”
Sin as Predator (Tim Keller)
I’ve found this whole series on sin really helpful.
The Christian’s Clarifying Question (Redeeming Productivity)
As someone who often gets overwhelmed about decision-making, I appreciated how Reagan’s question simplifies things.
3 things I wish I had prayed for years ago:
1. That my dream of renown in ministry would be replaced with humble quiet service to the church.
2. That prayer would take priority over performance.
3. That I would call upon omnipotence instead of rely upon my own puny efforts.
— Dustin Benge (@DustinBenge) January 21, 2020
How to prioritize the people you greet when the church gathers:
1) The visitor
2) The visitor who returns
3) The less popular, introverts, those sitting alone
5) Everyone else
6) Your close friends
(Ed Welch, 'Side-By-Side')
— Jared Harfield (@JaredHarfield) January 19, 2020
Single + without kids at 43.
Eirher I accept it or am miserable.
TBH … I’m so happy. (1) The Lord knows what I need more than I do. (2) I’ve lived long enough to know there are things worse than being single without kids. (3) “Family” is beyond biological, in God’s economy.
— Bethany Jenkins (@BethanyJenkins) February 17, 2020