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My Top Pick for the Week:
No One Else Is Coming – In this article, Tim Challies pens a gripping tale of two men coming to realize their calling to church planting. It begins with them starting a ministry and ends with them planting a church when they realized one sobering truth…No One Else Is Coming. This testimony is true but does not happen as often as it should. I
An Act of Pure Evil – Searching for Meaning in Las Vegas – While this article has probably been read and reread, and this topic discussed hundreds if not thousands of times over, Albert Mohler points the reader in the right direction…the only direction: God.
“It is both telling and reassuring that secular people, faced with moral horror as we see now in Las Vegas, can still speak of evil as a moral fact — even if they continue to deny moral facts in the classrooms and courtrooms. No one can deny that the horror in Las Vegas came about by an act that was evil, pure evil, and evil as a fact.”
For the Church 2017 – The 2017 For The Church National Conference was held last month and videos of the sessions were just made available. Also, check out their main page for some awesome resources, podcasts, blog posts, etc.
How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Humans – Let’s be honest here…the thought of getting sprayed by a skunk is horrific to those who have never experience it, and I’m sure it back some quite unpleasant memories to those who have. And alas, while I hope I do not become numbered as one who has, we have to take precautions. Why? The possibility of a family of skunks living on the property of where we live and work has arose. So, in case you find yourself in such a conundrum, here is a good way to get ride of that smell (or so I’ve heard).
The Heart Behind the ESV – A few weeks ago, I posted a video of how ESV Bibles are physically made. This article and accompanying video give an explanation of the translation process. I am a big fan of the English Standard Version and have been reading it for many years now (since 2011, I think). For me, the readability of the ESV along with their commitment to the original languages and meanings makes me feel the most comfortable using this translation.
The Story Behind A Hymn I Wrote with Matt Boswell: O Spirit, Lift Our Eyes To Jesus – This is a beautiful song with beautiful lyrics. And the combination of Trevin Wax and Matt Bosswell is one that I believe could not produce anything short of a great hymn. Trevin Wax works for Lifeway and writes for The Gospel Coalition Blog. Matt Boswell is a worship leader at Providence Church in Frisco, TX as well as an author (Doxology and Theology) who believes that a worship pastor should have all the same qualifications as the preaching/teaching pastor (hence they are both called pastors). Give the hymn a listen, read the story, and feel encouraged.
What Is a Faithful Preacher? – Here, Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, goes over this statement: “Pastor, you are called to be faithful above all else.” This is a great read, and it is one that is not just for pastors or aspiring pastors. I think that a lot of what is meant for pastors or leaders within the church could greatly benefit the layperson as well, helping them understand what goes into the pastorate, and hopefully leading to more prayer for one’s pastor.
Tim Cook reflects on the 6th anniversary of the death of Steve Jobs – Steve Jobs is, I think, almost a household name amongst those who are the least interested in technology. Tim Cook reflects back on the man whom to many is an idol, in both senses of someone they look up to and, at some point, someone they may have worshipped without realizing it. While we truly do owe much of the current smartphone landscape to Apple from a time when Steve Jobs was at the helm, we must also keep in mind that God is the one who gives all wisdom. God is the one who is King over everything.