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.
What It Is Like to Miss Church Regularly
Ruth Barry was only able to attend church occasionally for a whole year, while she cared for her son who was having chemotherapy. Her reflections should make us all realise what an immense gift God has given us in the church, and be thankful if we’re able to attend every week.
Dear Christian, When The Pandemic Hits, This Is Our Time
As everyone is panicking about the coronavirus epidemic, Akos Balogh calls Christians to act differently. Let’s be vigilant for the sake of the vulnerable people around us, but not waste this opportunity to tell people about the glorious hope of the gospel.
The Measure of a Year
When we don’t feel like our Bible reading is really changing us, Glenna Marshall offers an encouraging perspective. The daily discipline of meeting with God will surely bring growth and change which we can only see when we look back on the past year or decade.
Your Phone Is Teaching You How to Pray
“We often struggle because we’ve unknowingly been discipled by our phones about what it looks like to communicate with God.”
Billy Tea, Cool Shade, and the Inevitability of Work to be Done
“Maybe it is time you put down your tools to sit in the shade of Christ—you have laboured and toiled too long without rest. Come and find rest in him.”
Romans 8 Live
Immanuel Nashville has produced this incredible album featuring readings of Romans 8 alongside sermon extracts and worship songs based on the passage. I’ve listened to the whole album several times. At 44 minutes, it’s the perfect thing for helping you worship God while on a walk. You can listen through their website, or on Spotify or Youtube.
6 Ways to Watch Your Heart in Ministry (TGC Podcast)
A talk from Ellen Mary Dykas on how women in ministry should stay vigilant about the state of their hearts. Deeply convicting, encouraging, and practical.
What is the Forgiveness of Sins? (Knowing Faith)
I saw so many people recommending this episode. The folks at The Village Church are continuing to walk through the Apostle’s Creed, and there’s a particularly helpful section in this episode about union and communion with God.
Take a Hike (Redeeming Productivity Show)
On the value of spending time in God’s creation as Christians, particularly by walking or hiking.
One day death will be spoken of like the myth of Thanatos today — a legend, a tragedy only found in old stories like Othello, some unimaginable catastrophe in a bygone age. I cannot wait for that day.
— Tony Reinke (@TonyReinke) February 18, 2020
Tolkien on stories:
“I have been hardly more than a wandering explorer (or trespasser) in the land, full of wonder but not of information.”
How I feel about theology: the more you learn, the more you realize you are a beginner, a trespasser. Maybe this is true in every field.
— Gavin Ortlund (@gavinortlund) March 1, 2020
The Sabbath is the weekly rhythm of receiving what God has for us rather than what we can get for ourselves.
— John Starke (@john_starke) March 1, 2020
God’s plans include the total transformation of every Christian. This is a plan that God has made and no one, nothing can stop Him. He who has complete control over sparrows and winds has all power to transform us into the image of Jesus. He is doing it. Every day He is doing it.
— KatyvonBora (@KatyvonBora) March 1, 2020