I can’t imagine what must have been going on in their minds when these things happened. When Peter preached Jesus and thousands were converted, don’t you think he was tempted to become a celebrity preacher? Don’t you think when the disciples healed the sick and raised the dead, they did not battle a sense of prideful exceptionalism along with self-promoting platforms from which they can boast of their accomplishments? What was it that kept them from being destroyed by pride and brought down by self-deceit?
I believe a significant reason for their faithfulness and perseverance in the mission was due to the fact that Jesus got to their feet so that what God does through them never got to their heads.
In a recent post on Resurgence titled “5 Notes on Dating for the Guys,” Mars Hill Church Everett executive pastor Brandon Andersen seeks to help guys think about what it means to be “intentional” when talking to or dating a girl. He lays out seven situations and prescriptively delineates the attitude a guy should have in each one.
For the most part, Andersen’s piece spoon feeds us the same folk wisdom we’ve been hearing in the church since everyone freaked out when that first guy asked the first girl on a one-on-one date to get ice cream (I think the same folks are still freaking). I am disappointed that we haven’t modified our thinking about a cultural practice that has evolved immensely in good ways and bad. We are stuck dealing with the most complex, dynamic relationship situations by applying clunky and awkward dating categories that are entirely unique to a historical setting at least 50 years ago in our small subculture.
Jared Wilson’s new novel, Otherworld, is free on Amazon today and tomorrow. I’ve got this sitting in my Kindle library and I’m looking forward to digging into it.
Because this week seems to be the week of Kindle deals, here are a couple other titles on sale:
- Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics by William Lane Craig and Paul Copan—$2.99
- Contending With Christianity’s Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors by William Lane Craig and Paul Copan—$2.99
- Defending The Faith: Engaging The Culture by Bruce Little & Mark Liederbach—$2.99
- If God Made The Universe, Who Made God? 130 Arguments for Christian Faith—$2.99
- Moral Apologetics by Mark Coppenger—$2.99
- The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World by William A. Dembski—$2.99
- Truth Considered and Applied by Stewart E. Kelly—$2.99
Little Jimmy comes home with a smile on his face. (It’s always little Jimmy, isn’t it?) He has spent the weekend at dad’s, as he has since the divorce, and he is pretty jazzed up about the church service that he went to. As a faithful mommy you are excited that he is excited about church. Trying to contain your grin you ask him what was so cool about church.…
Are you the type of person who marvels at God’s generosity or gets jealous over it? Are you prone to unhappiness when you see the undeserved happiness of others? Do you begrudge God’s kindness if giving to others the blessing of children, of marriage, of beauty, of wealth, of opportunities?