Here’s a look a brief introduction to an excellent English translation of the Bible.
Many years ago I was impressed with my own rhetorical skill and put together a sermon I was super proud of. I started with a lengthy and elaborate illustration using Gilligan’s Island as the premise. I wrote out the sermon which explained how all of us, from time to time, get stuck on a spiritual island. I spoke of how we might use all kinds of things to get off that island – we might use our intelligence, our money, our talent, our charm. See what I did there with each of the characters on the TV show?
Yep. I did that. And then, after I wrote it, I remember thinking to myself, I should find some Bible verses to stick into this talk.
I needed to read this post by Rob Tims.
Jared Wilson shares his non-fiction reading for 2017, which is focused on the subject of God’s love.
While movements are launched and sustained through spoken words, many people are terrified of speaking. While some use public speaking as a powerful tool, it is terrifying to others. Spoken words may launch and sustain movements, but a plethora of people experience anxiety even imagining standing in front of a group of people to deliver a message. The Washington Post, for example, reported that more Americans fear public speaking than heights, bugs, and drowning.
Today, we are called to be faithful to Jesus in the age of Trump. And that task may actually be harder. Why? Because the lines between Christian principle and Trump’s policies are drawn in different and unfamiliar places, and because many conservative Christians belong to the party that Trump now leads.
So what will faithfulness in the Trump era look like? Here are four words of caution for believers today that should apply to you, no matter how you voted.
A favorite from the archives:
I asked the folks on Twitter and Facebook to recommend two books every prospective minister should read. Obviously, the Bible should always be primary, but we would do ourselves a profound disservice to neglect the thoughtful writings of others. Two books are never going to be enough to capture everything a pastor needs to know, and so I’ve compiled the six most frequent answers into the following short reading list for every prospective minister.