Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra:
The collapse of Mars Hill released a tidal wave of hurt, disillusioned people. Many quit Mars Hill; some quit church or Christianity altogether. Hundreds limped into other area churches, asking about church bylaws and pastoral pay structures before even introducing themselves.
This is helpful. I will undoubtedly be checking out at least a few of these places.
Our main problem is not lack of time or resources or the annoying people in our lives. Your main problem and my main problem is that we do not see enough the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. We are not amazed. We do not stand in awe. We are not rendered speechless in his presence.
We have small groups at our church. They are a good way to help foster the biblical call to community and fellowship. Small group systems are a way of seeing this happen in a local church, they aren’t the only way. Small groups can help pursue the goal of community, and if they do, we should do them. If they don’t? Renovate, recalibrate, restructure, rethink, re-something.
Matthew Loftus offers an intriguing analysis of Ridley Scott’s latest movie.
Christians, Repent (Yes, Repent) of Spreading Conspiracy Theories and Fake News—It’s Bearing False Witness
Ed makes a good point.
If you know my testimony you’ve heard the many ways that Christ has redeemed me and is continuing to redeem me. (This is a decent summary here). I was absolutely miserable as a lost person. But this isn’t true of every person who doesn’t know Jesus. And if I’m not careful I’ll end up sharing a truncated gospel which is founded in my own personal experience rather the Bible.
Today’s favorite from the archives also happens to be from Barnabas Piper’s first time on Reading Writers. Hopefully y’all will enjoy our banter about Catcher in the Rye.