Kindle deals for Christian readers
- Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper—$2.99
- Love Well by Jamie George—Free (ends today)
- The Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life by John Calvin—99¢
Today is also $5 Friday at Ligonier, where you’ll find a number of great resources for sale, including:
- Moses and the Burning Bush Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul (DVD)
- John by R.C. Sproul (Hardcover)
- After Darkness, Light: Distinctives of Reformed Theology—Essays in Honor of R.C. Sproul (Paperback)
- The Spirit of Revival: Discovering the Wisdom of Jonathan Edwards (ePub)
- In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life by Sinclair Ferguson (ePub)
Is that really how you want to live your life—overly concerned with how others view you? Chasing after a good reputation places us at the whims of those around us. That’s never a good place to be.
Even if our desire is to have a godly reputation, we are still missing the point. Ultimately, what does it matter if everyone around you thinks you are an obedient follower of Christ, if underneath that’s not the case?
I thought I might dance a little jig or even feel a sense of release and elation at news I longed dreamed about and ached for as a kid. This is a woman who drove me to such despair that I attempted to set her on fire in her (drunken) sleep when I was no more than 10 years old. But there is no jig. There is just a heaviness of heart and the nagging itch of my suffering and her evil never admitted in this life. The problem is that I want to feel joy at her passing. I want to rejoice in the belief that she will face the judge of all the earth for her crimes against me. I want to revel in the thought that she is having her own spiritual Nuremburg moment right now. That father time has caught up with her and her sins are about to be found out and brought into that terrible, perfect light. That the angels in glory will see just what a monster she truly was.
This was interesting, and kind of terrifying (note: language warning—there is a bit of cussing in this article).
In light of the famously exaggerated statistics about pastoral attrition, you may be wondering why LifeWay’s pastor advocate would hope for even more to quit. We are all painfully aware that there are people in the ministry who never belonged there in the first place. While I prefer encouraging pastors to fulfill their call and finish strong, I am also a pastoral pragmatist who desires to speak the truth in love to those who are miserable in ministry, as are those around them.
I want to suggest four check-points to consider before quitting or continuing in ministry.
Hersh said that a Christian church service in the village might have been one of the most vibrant experiences of worship she’d witnessed. There was so much joy, so much emotion, so much confession, so much exaltation of and desire for God. They were excited, expectant, enthusiastic, enthralled. “Is it always like this?” she asked a local.
“Yes,” came the reply. “They believe that God is the only one that wants them. And so they want him.”