I don’t intend to bind anyone’s conscience. The Lord has given each of us a unique stewardship. But recent weeks have led me to take a serious inventory of my social media use. The conclusion: I’ve all but kissed Facebook goodbye. I still have an account, partly for professional reasons, but I’m striving to minimize my usage. I’ve come to believe that posting articles and partaking in debates on this medium is far less profitable than I once thought. I’m seeking a return to more intimate ways to build relationships with friends and family.
I definitely appreciate what my internet friends Mike and Dave are trying to do with this event.
We’ll never know if these prophecies of doom were justified. But I firmly believe American democracy is stronger than these fears portrayed. I also believe such apocalyptic rhetoric, while often sincere and motivating for the moment, will ultimately exhaust and disillusion the target audience.
It’s rare to find a social conservative among the members of provincial parliament, much less one who is only 19 years old! I don’t expect the press is going to be fawning over him.
I’m sure you have figured out—no matter how long you have been in your church—that everyone isn’t a leader. That isn’t to say people aren’t in “leadership positions” because they are. But having a title doesn’t translate into leadership ability. Every “leader” isn’t a leader.
Just as certain, I’m also sure you have figured out every church needs leadership. Training and developing a band of qualified and passionate leaders is absolutely essential for the health of any congregation—and especially for a congregation whose pastor is bi-vocational.
Jared Wilson shares “some reflections, musings, and bits of advice on the noble task of preaching the Word of God.”
A favorite from the archives:
Ah, Christmas… the time when we eat delicious food, spend time avoiding uncomfortable conversations, celebrate the birth of Jesus… and, listen to a whole lotta Christmas songs.
Last year, I shared five of the best and worst Christmas songs. Some are ones that I joyfully listen to (much to my wife’s chagrin). Others, well, not so much.
But I realized there were more out there. And so, here we are: the best and worst Christmas songs, part two: