Yesterday, my new podcast, Reading Writers, launched with an episode featuring Brandon Smith and Jeff Medders. And a bit of exciting news: the show reached number three in its category on iTunes! Thanks to all of you who subscribed and if you haven’t had an opportunity to yet, I hope you will because next week features a great conversation with Tim Challies.
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This was a fascinating article.
How we make our money is just as important as how we spend it.
Economic activity is one of the most common and basic forms of human interaction and the Bible has much to say about it. However, it takes time to understand the complexities of our modern economy so that we can better apply God’s principles to our everyday activity. Here are five reasons your effort will be worthwhile.
Last summer, my wife and I moved to the Nashville area and started looking for a church with which to serve and grow. It was a somewhat strange experience for a couple who had never been in that position before. Until now, we had only visited new churches where I was a candidate for pastor.
I am writing this post to provide a fresh set of eyes through which to help you experience a typical visitor’s experience. I aspire to be a Barnabas to pastors and ministry leaders, so please don’t read into this a critical spirit.
As I scroll through the treacle that is my Facebook feed, I see a whole lotta outrage. Christians are furious over the Great Bathroom Debate of 2016, and are expressing their fury through boycotts, pledges, petitions, and memes.
And while I get the frustration, I would suggest that outrage is an unhelpful stance for us as Christians.
Let’s get to a beef many of us have with the Bible: The Bible can be so repetitive.
Exhibit A: Four Gospels. Why four? It’s the same story. In fact, many of the stories are the same word-for-word in Matthew as they are in Mark and Luke. And it’s not just the Gospels. Narrative gets repeated. Dialogue gets repeated. Poetry gets repeated. I think the Bible could probably be half as long if we eliminated all of the redundancies.
But we don’t.
While there’s no need to be dogmatic about this kind of sermon delivery, and while I think taking time for short topical sermon series or strategic “stand-alone” messages can be good and helpful, I do think it is generally wise for a pastor not just to preach expositionally, but to preach expositionally through entire books of the Bible. I think every preacher ought to endeavor to feed his flock this way.
Jake Meador’s article is worth reading.
When leaders who once motivated extrinsically, who once offered carrots and rewards, but now attempt to motivate intrinsically, the result can often be manipulation. And the reason is that their intrinsic motivation is insincere. They are doing so only because extrinsic motivation is working less, not because they actually possess strong convictions and care for people.