I’m reading a novel that was first published 71 years ago. I don’t know how it got to my shelf. I never heard of it before. It has a terrible cover. It probably got shelved from a set of books that were donated to me. The author is unknown to me. But the 1985 copy … More Schizophrenic Pastors
Wednesday is for Thinking Much of the best progress in the Christian life involves finding new opportunities to be humble and to beat down our pride. It is part of striving not to grow weary in well doing (Gal. 6:9). Sometimes, it’s hard and I am so glad I have my long-suffering bride to help … More Humility and Pride
Sitting here watching the second half of the Army-Navy game and saw someone comment on this post from 2013. In honor of the game and my Navy veteran Dad, here’s a lesson on church growth from a naval episode in World War II. Misinformation is Deadly to Your Church.
Sunday Musings In keeping with today’s message from Luke 22:23-28 and the Upside Down Vision of Jesus, I ran across an article by Paul Tripp. The whole article is worth reading but here are the five major points. Parade in public what should be kept in private. Be way too self-referencing. Talk when you should … More “Five Signs You Glorify Self”
Weekend Links Weekend Links going up a little late this weekend. Had to make two trips to the doctor (nothing serious) but time consuming. My hope is that all these links will help you love Jesus and your neighbor better. As always, inclusion is not necessarily an endorsement of everything within the link. Better Thinking … More Beating Demons; Helping Homosexuals; Destroying Sex Trade; Sweden’s Stupidity; Lotteries; and much more
Friday is for Heart Songs Too many leaders, inside and outside of the church, spoil their gifts and opportunities with pride and arrogance. It is sad but all too common. I was reflecting on spoiled talents of a potential young leader this week who simply will not be under anyone’s authority other than his own. … More Why is Humility in Leadership So Rare?
Tuesday Afternoon Musings “The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God.” ― Søren Kierkegaard We are often so saturated with the spirit of the age, the desire to be noticed, … More Conquering Pride by Refusing to Work in Our Own Strength
Wednesday is for Prayer Unfortunately, some people will see the picture associated with this post and discount everything else because the guy looks old and from another century. Get over your prejudice about old people and older books. Honestly, I don’t think I have read a more humbling book or a more timely one than … More “Little Praying is Worse than No Praying”
Weekend Links Standing on the Bible and being able to defend your position is becoming more and more dangerous but that is where faithfulness is tested. Conservative viewpoints are systematically censored. Paganism is reasserting itself and the culture seems oblivious to both its danger and its silliness. G.K. Chesterton was right, if people will not … More The Oscars: Cru Loses a Staff Member and Maybe Much More; Repentant Leaders; Mark Driscoll
Friday is for Heart Songs The following is from Kairos Journal. Jeremiah’s point to Israel was that they should have been weeping tears of repentance rather than boasting about their supposed security. Join me in prayer after you read it. Sinful Confidence 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of … More Sinful Confidence–Another Bane of our Age