Best of the Week: Titus 2 Women (and Men), After the Election, and Orphan Care
In Best of the Week we link to a handful of the best articles, videos, books, etc. that we have come across in the last week. We hope this will point you to some of the right places and give you gospel-rich tools and thoughts for life and mission.
“They don’t just tell us about their lives, they invite us into them. We are allowed to see them as they really are.”
Most things in this would also speak to, or could be applied to, men. How are you inviting older women (or men, if you’re a guy) into your life, and how are you actively investing the things God has done in you into others? Much more than a book study, this is what discipleship looks like.
“Above all, this election gives us a chance to emphasize the importance of trying to understand perspectives that are different from our own.“
3 good, short, and simple pointers for how to actually have a good, healthy conversation with your kids about the election and where we go from here.
“We serve a different kind of King. We are strangers in this world. We serve a Kingdom where the first will be last, and the last will be first, where the meek will inherit the earth, where power comes through one who was crucified in weakness, yet lives by the power of God.”
This is audio from Russell Moore, and it’s an encouraging listen if you’ve got seven minutes to listen to it. It has a good word about how we respect the office of president and the person who fills it, as well as some good reminders about our true citizenship.
“One of the central teachings of Christianity is to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37–40.) The Bible exhorts us to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15); it doesn’t lead with telling us to “judge whether they should be weeping,” says pastor H.B. Charles, Jr. The same is true for those in fear. We don’t have to agree with the intensity of their fear in order to empathize with them. Compassion doesn’t require us to be convinced another person is entirely correct. It requires us to care about how he is feeling.”
Now that the candidate seen as opposing and oppressive to so many segments of Americans has been elected, how will we as the church respond to those who are now afraid, even more disenfranchised, and lacking in hope? How will the church continue to be (or start to be) the church of Jesus that pursues people above, beyond, and before a political system or even our own interests?
This past Sunday was Orphan Sunday. As part of our sermon series, The Gospel Changes Everything, we talked about why anyone would knowingly enter into the affliction and distress of orphans and foster kids. We saw from Isaiah 53 that the main reason is because that is exactly what Jesus did for us.
I would encourage you to read through our Orphan & Foster Care page, pray, check out some of the resources, and ask the Lord how we wants you to be engaged in caring for orphans.