Best of the Week for May 8
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.
“Gideon is going to smash the Midianite army, but lest there be any doubt who is ultimately responsible for the victory, the Lord speaks with Gideon: “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’” (Judges 7:2).”
This is a powerful visual of how greatly overmatched Gideon was after God pared down his army and the resulting glory to the Lord in His victory.
“You find few if any people trying to normalize stealing and normalize humiliation and normalize exploitation and normalize angry abusiveness, but you find thousands of people trying to normalize homosexual behavior.”
This is really about why homosexuality gets so much more of the spotlight than other forms of disobedience. It is a good discussion about how these things fit together and who and why we should address them.
“’Apparently, cognitive immaturity is an obstacle to crossing the street but not for giving consent to a sex change,” Cretella said. “Looks like ‘correctness’ outranks science when science gets in the way of agenda.’”
This is a clear and easy pinpointing of the reckless neglect of logic behind much of the transgender movement, particularly among children.
“Will our lives be marked by the resurrection of Jesus – believing the same power that raised Jesus from the dead that now lives in us to help us resist sin? To be marked by the gospel means that we are known by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in our living – not just in our thinking.”
This is a great reminder that experiencing the grace of the gospel and weaving it into our hearts is what begins to change everything. Simply knowing about the gospel, or reading and hearing the right content, is only the beginning.
“When we put the emphasis on the parents instead of on their kids, it sets the vision for our focus in family ministry: dad and mom.”
This is a great, three-point explanation of how a commissioning is different than baby dedication. The focus is different, and so is the purpose. We do “Parent/Child Commitment” at Remedy Church, and it is not simply our version of baby dedication.