Hannah Anderson offers a challenging review of Malcolm Gladwell’s latest.
Is Scripture clear?
Our motto is “train and model.” Training and modeling requires sacrifice (Rom. 12:1). In order to train and model worship of the living God to my children, I must be willing to put their spiritual well-being before my own. For a season, I will not hear every word of the sermon. I will not have any idea that we prayed for a particular people group in worship. I will miss the report of life change on a mission trip. I will not have all of my needs met in worship.
Good thoughts from Barnabas Piper:
There can be a temptation to put believers who are suffering in a petri dish, watching to see if they grow evidence that will confirm our doctrinal beliefs without making us too uncomfortable in the process. We give brownie points to those who never expose their fears or give voice to the darkness surrounding them, and we avoid those who don’t excel at smoothing over their own grief. If you are judging whether or not someone is suffering well based on what doubts they express, you are doing it wrong. Instead, be encouraged by those who are honest with their fears, yet still pursue the Lord despite those doubts.