What do you suppose it might look like to eat or drink to the glory of God? We’re commanded to do so right there in Scripture, so it seems like a concept worth figuring out. Could it be that God designed food to do so much more than fuel our bodies? Could it be that maybe He wants us to actually enjoy food?
Our age, though, is one of short-form content. We live in a world of bits and bytes, snippets and sermonettes, scores of one-liners—140 characters or less if you please. In the early 2000s, as the capacity for greater bandwidth grew, a new era of audio and video streaming services was born. The internet exploded with on-demand songs and shows. Today, streaming music services are even closing in on iTunes for the lion’s share of the market. Spotify, easily the most popular and largest of these services, has more than 75 million users and boasts a whopping 30 million songs in its database. The real kicker is—so long as you’re okay with advertisements—this can all be yours for free. Any takers?
As good as this sounds, I lament the popularization of streaming services.
Great stuff from Matt Carter:
The problem is that too many pastors don’t think that succession is their responsibility. They are still following that old, outdated, ineffective rule of thumb. My prayer is that by encouraging pastors to no longer be disconnected from the process of succession, their churches will be healthier and stronger. I don’t think that a drop in attendance, giving, and ministry needs to be an inevitable part of a leadership change. A good leader will boost his successor to even greater heights of ministry success.
In an excerpt from Five Things Every Christian Needs to Know to Grow, R.C. Sproul shares a reading plan to give you a basic overview of the Bible.
When we come to Jesus, then, we find Him asking all kinds of questions. And I would posit that when Jesus asks a question, it’s not a search for information; it’s to the end of revelation. But there is one particular moment in the gospels when He asks a very surprising question:
“Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6).