Also, a new short book from John Piper, Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power, is on sale at Westminster Bookstore.
Some of these are downright bizarre.
New video from The Bible Project:
There is a New Testament verse that I believe is a perfect fit for our churches in these demanding times. Rather than become angry and defensive, let’s embrace this ancient wisdom: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Any church walking with God and one another out in the light will have a ministry today and tomorrow. Any church settling for less will be swept away. But reality with God is not hard to find. He is right there “in the light,” in the obvious place, waiting for us with open arms.
In recent years there have been many public discussions and articles about the growing trend of a “celebrity” pastor. Along with the public dialog on the topic there have been a regrettable number of case studies to show us the spiritual danger inherent in such a pursuit. Careful analysts of the topic will remind us that being famous is not a sin and certainly there are many godly famous pastors. It is not the acquisition of popularity that is the problem but rather the prideful aspiration of it.
Last month the Jubilee Project published a short video in which they ask 50 people 1 simple question: If you could be any age, what age would you be? They ask the question of children and seniors and people of every age between. The answers are not surprising—not surprising in a culture that so honors autonomy and freedom, that so honors youth. Most wanted to be in their late teens or early twenties so they could live or relive the days of youth, the days when they were young and energetic and care-free, the days before the onset of so many of life’s regrets and responsibilities.
If you could be any age, what age would you be?