Links I like

The Masculine Mandate — Free eBook from Ligonier Ministries

Through June 30th, The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men by Richard Phillips is free in both Kindle and ePub formats. This is one of the best books available on biblical manhood, so don’t pass this by!

Church Growth

Joe Thorn:

What should church “growth” look like in a healthy church? What should we be expectantly praying for and energetically working toward as the people of God? Is it enough to say that we are faithful to preach the truth while seeing none converted? Are we satisfied to see numeric growth while souls remain unchanged? Those, of course, are just two extreme examples (which in reality characterize a number of churches) while most fall somewhere in-between.

6 Pillars of a Christian View on Suffering

Matt Smethurst:

In a recent lecture delivered at Houston’s Lanier Theological Library titled “Going Beyond Clichés: Christian Reflection on Suffering and Evil” , Don Carson proposes six pillars to support a Christian worldview for stability through suffering. “A Christian worldview rests on huge, biblically established, theological frameworks—all of which have to be accepted all of the time,” the research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and author of How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil explains. “And this massive structure is stable and comprehensive enough to give you a great deal of stablility when you go through your darkest hours.” His proposed pillars aren’t cute musings, in other words, but crucial bulwarks.

Here’s the video mentioned in the post:

Heralding the Gospel in Our Jerusalem

Matt Chandler:

Why do we struggle so much with heralding the gospel in Jerusalem? Why are we comfortable with hopping on a plane and sharing the good news to a people we’ve never met yet uncomfortable with sharing the good news to our neighbors and co-workers, those we know and see every day? I think we need to understand this question to be faithful ministers of the gospel.

Speaking of Chandler, his book The Explicit Gospel, is the free audiobook of the month at

Fighting Satan Through the Character of Christ

Brandon Smith:

Few passages in the New Testament describe the character of Christ as a weapon against Satan’s work as clearly as Ephesians 4:25-32. In this passage, Paul makes a very clear assertion to believers: Christians are freed through the sacrifice of Christ, by the power of the Spirit, to reflect him and deflect Satan.

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