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.
Dear Memaw: A Letter I Wish My Great-Grandmother Could Read
“I guess I’m writing this letter more for me than for you. I guess I’m writing it because I needed to be reminded that God orchestrates even the tiniest details, like your old piano, to accomplish His perfect plan.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about rest lately. Zach Barnhart’s article has helped fill out my perspective: “We all have busy lives. But we don’t have to settle for a busy heart.”
John Wesley’s Holy Club Questions
Jeff Medders lists the questions John Wesley would ask himself each day. It’s a remarkable list that anyone would benefit from pondering even occasionally.
Lessons we can learn from our prayer warriors
This article will encourage you to persevere in and prioritise prayer. What a gift we have from our Father to be able to approach him with our concerns!
Life and Books and Everything
I recently discovered this podcast and I’ve been working my way through all the episodes. It features three seasoned writers—Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor—talking about, well, life and books and everything.
Seven Ways to Be A Better Servant Leader for Your Church (Rainer on Leadership)
There are some insightful tips in this episode which help us see what it practically looks like to be a servant leader.
Tony Reinke on Writing, Spectacles, and BlogFathers (Home Row)
I link to a Home Row basically every month, it seems. But I’ll keep doing it because this podcast is great.
For the Church Institute
FTC is now offering free online courses! I haven’t watched them yet, but I expect they’ll be helpful for personal growth as well as discipleship and training. You can sign up to their newsletter to find out about new courses.
The essence of eternity as I conceive it—as it lies before me as my destination—is quite simply the joy of being with the Lord. pic.twitter.com/oGd9dRqQOH
— J. I. Packer (@DrJIPacker) July 18, 2020
Christian, your Heavenly Father rejoices with the steps you take in the pursuit of holiness. Any time you resist sin, any time you act like him, he is honored and he is pleased.
— Brad Wetherell (@Brad_Wetherell) July 23, 2020
When I see beauty, my heart cracks open, I almost weep.
What’s happening? I am sensing divine beauty. In this ugly world, suddenly I get just an indirect glance. I long for more.
Christ yearns for more too — with us. He is sitting on the edge of His seat, eager to return!
— Ray Ortlund (@rayortlund) July 24, 2020
What a comfort it is that Jesus said "It is finished" and not "Do better."
— Neil Shenvi (@NeilShenvi) July 8, 2020
Love difficult people. You’re one of them.
— Jordan (@_jordangoetsch) June 27, 2020
I heard J. I. Packer used to take daily walks simply to contemplate heaven. His faith is now sight, and his curiosity satisfied. Welcome home to your rest eternal.
— Brian Arnold (@BrianJ_Arnold) July 18, 2020
Anyone else ever just utterly undone to tears when you realize again that in spite of all I’ve put him through, Jesus still loves me. Though I break his heart every single day, he still loves me. It’s insane.
— Stephen Miller (@StephenMiller) July 11, 2020