Better Leaders; Better Churches; Better Christians; Joe Thorn; Obamacare; Black Pastors; Eric Metaxes;

Weekend Links

The weekend and the weekend links have arrive. Enjoy.

Building Better Leaders

Talent is Never Enough (Leadership Freak—I just tried to make this point with a group of elders and staff in the last month. Well written and concise. Very helpful.)
Preaching the Gospel to Yourself: Where the Pastor Needs to Start (Joe Thorn—Good insight on the task of preaching the gospel to our own souls. Joe Thorn does an excellent job of reminding us of the most difficult audience we have.) 

Engaging with Politics and Culture

How the Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare Makes the IRS More Powerful (Scary stuff)
Can a Christian Be Involved with Politics and Not Lose His Soul? (Seven critical issues for political involvement that every political activist and Tea Party supporter should take notice of. It is too easy to get wrapped up in new idolatries while we pursue righteous ends. Here are some tips on how to avoid the problem.)
Black Pastors Lay Down the Gauntlet with President Obama and Same-Sex Marriage
Blind-Sided with Eric Metaxes (Eric Metaxas picks up where Chuck Colson left off and does an admirable job with this installment of BreakPoint. What ridiculous reason would Christian bookstores give for pulling the movie Blind Side from their shelves? Shame on LifeWay Christian Bookstores.)
Do the Colorado Fires Prove Global Warming? (Michele Malkin—things are always more complicated then headlines. Unfortunately, most people in our culture only read the headlines.)

Building Better Christians

Combating Anti-intellectualism
Instead of the “Sinner’s Prayer” (Scott McKnight—succinct, clear, and extremely helpful. Read this short article and become a better witness for Christ.) 

Building Better Churches

Creating Multi-ethnic Congregations that Worship Together (Michael Emerson—is one of the seminal thinkers on multi-ethnic ministries in America. His books, Divided by Faith and United by Faith are two of the better books on the sociology of churches that I have ever read. This brief review of a new book by a new book by Gerardo Marti is another great contribution to the field.) (A link to website to help your church think through how to protect your children from predators in your midst.)
When are We Going to Grow Up: The Juvenilization of American Christianity (Worship leaders, pastors, elders, church planters, we need to read and digest this.)
I Want More Religion (Jim Wright) 

Finding Better Heroes

Getting to Know Saint Patrick (The Resurgence)

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  1. Baptists vote to keep the Sinner’s Prayer…again

    Preuters News Agency

    Meeting today in London, a convention of the world’s Baptists narrowly endorsed the continued use of the Sinner’s Prayer as the hallmark act of Christian conversion. Here is the final draft of the convention’s statement on this issue:

    “Baptists today again affirm the Sinner’s Prayer as the act by which a sinner is justified before God. To be clear, it is not the recitation of the prayer itself that saves, nor is it necessary to endorse a set order of the words to be prayed, nor must the prayer be verbalized to others. What is necessary for salvation is this: A genuine, heartfelt prayer that 1.) acknowledges one’s sinfulness and hopeless state of perdition before God 2.) cries out to God with true repentance of one’s sins 3.) petitions God for his free gift of salvation 4.) asks Christ to indwell his heart/soul 5.) commits to abandoning his prior sinful lifestyle and promises to follow Christ and his righteousness.”

    Controversy over this statement simmered for the entire three days of the convention. A group of younger Baptists from the developing world pushed for the removal of the Sinner’s Prayer from the Baptist Statement of Faith, declaring that it was unscriptural and lacked any evidence of use in the Early Church. These young people read statements from the Early Church Fathers from the convention podium, noting that requiring a prayer (spoken or thought) for salvation was unheard of in the Early Church. This assertion created quite a stir as many of the older convention attendees were not accustomed to hearing appeals to the “catholic” Church Fathers as a source of authority for Baptist doctrine.

    The younger group put forward a new, brash, proposal as the new official Baptist Act of Christian Conversion:

    “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.”

    This proposal prompted outrage from the majority of convention attendees. One prominent Baptist pastor from the United States summed up the majority’s sentiments by this statement:

    “Too Lutheran.”


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