Best of the Week for August 28
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.
“We all know the feeling of walking into a gathering of your church in the midst of a whirlwind — emotional, spiritual, relational, or otherwise. Here are three of the many lessons I have learned about how to push back against the chaos as we get ready to gather with God’s people.”
This one is pretty simple, but it deals with an issue most of us face, including me as a pastor. All the things swirling around us as we prepare to gather together so easily distract us or even make us feel “unworthy.” But that’s exactly why we need to be there in the first place.
“The problem for me was when my work became my identity, when my work was the source of my “self-esteem” and made me feel more “important,” when my work seemed more worthy because it was more interesting on a day-to-day basis, when my work was necessary for approval, praise and applause.”
There may not be a definite answer to this question, and this writer is fair to say that, but she approaches it with grace and challenge, pointing our purposes and our identities back to Jesus, where they ought always to be.
“Something happens when you stop submitting to the communal listening of congregational worship and start filling the air with your own free range spiritual rhetoric. Your talk of God starts to sound less like God. He starts sounding like an idea, a theory, a concept. He stops sounding like the God of the Bible.”
This one’s good, real good. Try to think of yourself, and not “them” when you read it. But be warned: big boy (or girl) pants.
“If I am down because of heartbreak, the last thing I want to do is get up and fight sin. Yet the battle is already won. Remember, my sin and your sin died when Christ called us His own.”
We all face heartbreak, and when we do we often feel like the world stops. That is the moment we need Christ the most. This short article gives several ways that our union with Jesus carries us through moments or seasons of heartbreak.