In completely random bits of randomness news, it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Emily is super-bummed because Krispy Kreme isn’t giving away boatloads of donuts this year! Maybe next year…
This will make you misty.
The 34-year-old convert from Islam was an itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) until his diagnosis last summer. He spent months in aggressive treatment, including the removal of his stomach, all the while praying for a miracle to heal him.
Stu and his family moved to a new city one summer. His company transferred him unexpectedly, so he either had to relocate or find another job. He chose to go but had little time to research good churches before they arrived. Thankfully, he knew a couple of websites that pointed them toward gospel-believing churches in the area. They decided to visit two.
Such growth isn’t really sustainable and can barely be called “growth.” It is not as though all young evangelicals are going to decide evangelicalism is too conservative. The key to healthy growth in a church movement is having children. It’s almost like God should have commanded it it’s so important.
I spoke recently to a gathering of writers. The time allotted was short, so I made only one point. But this one point is, I believe, fundamental and universal for all authentic writing. By authentic, I mean writing that sincerely intends to carry the mind and heart of the writer, and that aims to communicate some reality that is more than mere self-expression — even if it is fiction or a playful note for your children.
Kevin Halloran shares wisdom from Don Whitney.
A favorite from the archives:
Whenever people ask me how I’m doing, I’m always tempted to answer in the same way: “Busy.”
I really hate answering that way. A lot. I hate it because it sometimes seems like a badge of honor—”dude, I’m so busy right now; I don’t have a clue how to keep on top of all this stuff.” I also hate it because I’m not always sure it’s true. Am I really that busy, or am I just not using the time I’ve been given well? (And don’t get me started on the difference between busyness and productivity; they’re not remotely the same thing.)
But more than these reasons, I really hate saying I’m busy because—when I legitimately am—it’s usually my family that’s hurt the most by it.