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.
How can I as a church leader help cultivate a culture of discipleship?
A fantastic list of ideas from 9Marks. I hope to use some of these in my ministry apprenticeship this year.
Developing A Culture of Women Discipling Women
Another article from 9Marks which complements the last one nicely.
Break-Wall For The Soul
If you feel like your soul is facing a storm today, take encouragement from Chris Thomas’ words: “You are called. You are beloved. You are kept.”
See the World—And Its Creator—Right Where You Are
Bethany J. Melton encourages us to marvel at the glory of God through his creation.
Reclaiming Sabbath Rest
“Devastatingly, we live in a culture whose demands continue to intrude on that day. God has given us six days for ourselves and in a unique way claimed one for himself.”
Singleness: Hiking a Beautiful, Arduous Hill
Colleen Chao encourages those who are taking the “long hike up a steep hill with breathtaking views” towards joyful endurance.
Evangelizing Youth in a Selfie Age (TGC podcast)
A great conversation for youth pastors/leaders, or even parents, for understanding and speaking into this aspect of youth culture.
Conversation with Dr. Donald Whitney (15:14 podcast, Biblical Counseling Coalition)
“Dr. Whitney and Curtis discuss the important role the spiritual disciplines play in the counseling process and how churches can better equip members with these important tools to foster spiritual growth.”
Questions to ask in your Bible study:
1. Is there a change I need to apply?
2. Is there a sin I need to confess?
3. Is there context I need to know?
4. Is there truth I need to embrace?
5. Is there a doctrine I need to study?
6. Is there joy I need to pursue?
— Dustin Benge (@DustinBenge) December 11, 2019
Question for 2020
In what way does my own faith and life embody & give a credible alternative to the things I criticize & condemn in others?
The gap between what I criticize in others & fail to embody myself is the root of hypocrisy.
Criticism is cheap, discipleship is costly.
— Jon Tyson (@JonTyson) December 28, 2019
The job of the Christian writer/theologian is not always to say something new. It can simply be the work of saying old things in fresh ways so that they can be heard as if for the first time.
— Esau McCaulley Ph.D (@esaumccaulley) December 27, 2019
I never tire of preaching Christ.
His eternality, transcendence, preeminence, incarnation, hypostasis, righteousness, impeccability, obedience, holiness, sacrifice, crucifixion, humiliation, resurrection, exaltation, ascension, session, glorious reign—
Christ is amazing!
— Nate Pickowicz (@NatePickowicz) December 26, 2019
"Our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation." – C. S. Lewis
— Bobby Jamieson (@bobby_jamieson) December 20, 2019