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In Case You Missed It… (April 19)

Every day I tweet out the best blog articles that I have found on the internet, ranging in themes relating directly to church planting to the gospel to parenthood. In case you missed them from yesterday, here they are:

7 Things a Good Dad Says – “I have found myself thinking back to the many models of fatherhood I have seen and admired through the years. What made these fathers admirable? What set them apart? What was it that they said to their children? From these models I have drawn seven things a good father says.”

Work at Your Prayers! – “It does not matter whether the form of spiritual leadership you exercise is the teaching of a Sunday school class, pastoral ministry, small-group evangelism, or anything else: if at any point you pray in public as a leader, then work at your public prayers.”

Are You Aiding and Abetting Apathy? – “Somehow, as an evangelical culture, we have become accustomed to apathy. Mediocrity is the new normal. This perspective is absolutely foreign to the Bible. There is no indication, anywhere, that either personal or communal apathy is even close to acceptable. In fact, apathy with regard to the Bible is what we are supposed to be on the lookout for! To miss this is either to be blind to our calling and charge or derelict in our duty”

5 Keys to Getting Everyone to Join a Group – Mark Howell says, “I’ve answered this question [how to get people into groups] in different ways a number of times. . . . Let me take a fresh shot,” and gives five ways.

In Case You Missed It… (April 18)

Every day I tweet out the best blog articles that I have found on the internet, ranging in themes relating directly to church planting to the gospel to parenthood. In case you missed them from yesterday, here they are:

How to Stay Christian in Seminary – “In their excellent new book, How to Stay Christian in Seminary (Crossway), David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell impart wisdom from Scripture and experience to help prospective and current students survive—even thrive—during the seminary years. Despite its challenges, Mathis and Parnell are glad they went to seminary. . . . I . . . wish this little book had been available when I started.” Matt Smethurst spoke with the authors giving a sneak peek into this valuable book.

4 Ways Community Connects Our Head and Heart – “It is in community that we make progress in being disciples of Jesus, and it is in community that we are the whole people God intended for us to be.”

To All the Girls Who Didn’t Say No – “So to all you girls who didn’t say no, who have heard the messages out there on saving yourself for marriage, and staying pure, and you feel like you just want to run because you have already crossed the line… and you feel marked…and you think there is no turning back…let me speak this truth to you: Jesus does NOT condemn you.”

5 Hard Things To Pray For Your Husband – “What our husbands need from us are specific prayers, hard prayers, for their growth in godliness. I love my husband and I want what is best for him. And the best thing for him is to be a man who who lives for the glory of God.”

In Case You Missed It… (April 17)

Every day I tweet out the best blog articles that I have found on the internet, ranging in themes relating directly to church planting to the gospel to parenthood. In case you missed them from yesterday, here they are:

Glorifying God in the Routines - “It’s tempting to view everyday life as a monotonous cycle of making your bed only to lie in it again. Our perspective on the everyday business of our lives is important because when we forget about God’s activity in the world, we become functionally hopeless.” Gloria Furman gives “just three of the ways the grace of God governs the areas of our lives that seem ordinary and unimportant.”

Your Options in Infertility - “Yes, the wombs of Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Hannah, and Elizabeth were opened, but God was accomplishing special purposes that apply to them alone. We can’t claim promises made to others in specific contexts we don’t share. Nowhere in the Bible does God promise we’ll all have children.” Megan Best gives five ethically permissible options for a Christian couple facing infertility.

How Pastors Can Care For Their Children - “God has called you to shepherd his flock. Your children are part of that flock. They are watching you and listening to you at home. Use that influence well.” Chap Bettis gives seven practical ways pastors can care for their children.

Five Things We Teach Our Kids When We Don’t Know They’re Watching - “As adults we often tend to believe that kids aren’t paying attention.  But, we teach them so many things when we don’t even realize that they’re tuned in.  And, for the record, kids are always tuned in, even when they seem mesmerized by the TV.  Here are five things we teach our kids when we don’t know they’re watching.”

Genuine Repentance - “I have sinned against you. I have apologized. But how do you know if I mean it?” Jared Wilson gives twelve signs of a truly repentant heart.

In Case You Missed It… (April 16)

Every day I tweet out the best blog articles that I have found on the internet, ranging in themes relating directly to church planting to the gospel to parenthood. In case you missed them from yesterday, here they are:

7 Steps Down the Staircase of Dishonesty - “We all know that sin generally leads to lies and dishonesty, and lying begets more lying. We see it in our kids; we see it in ourselves. But just how does lying lead to more lying?” Trevin Wax summarizes J. Budziskewski’s “seven degrees of descent” of dishonesty.

Who Knows You? - “I’m afraid that, in the body of Christ, we settle for terminally casual relationships all the time. Sure, we have acquired some superficial data on people we call friends, but we don’t actually know them. We participate in weekly or monthly “church fellowship” but there’s actually very little fellowship going on.”

Persevering as a Pastor – “It is estimated that 1,700 pastors leave vocational ministry per month. Perhaps even worse is that almost half of those who haven’t left yet are thinking about doing just that. So how can a pastor stay in ministry?”

Real forgiveness – “When we have been sinned against, real forgiveness should flow out to the offender at two levels. First, internally, within the thoughts of our own hearts, we should forgive the offender unconditionally and immediately. . . . Secondly, externally, in our relationship with the offender, we should follow the path the Lord gave us in Luke 17:3: “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.”

In Case You Missed It… (April 15)

Every day I tweet out the best blog articles that I have found on the internet, ranging in themes relating directly to church planting to the gospel to parenthood. In case you missed them from yesterday, here they are:

Dear son: Your dad is messed up ”I don’t want you to see me in my shiny armor. (I’d rather get rid of it, really.) Instead, I want you to see me the way my Saviour sees me. It’s the only accurate portrayal of who I am.” Daniel Gardner gives four things he wants his son to see him as.

Is Church Membership Really Required? ”When we hear the word membership, we immediately think of a club. A member pays dues, comes to meetings, and fulfills the obligations of a club member. When you move, or no longer have time for the club, you simply withdraw your membership and move on. The Bible says membership is much more intimate. “For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body” (Eph. 5:29-30).”

How to Replant a Church, Part 7: Inviting People to Join the Mission ”Most Christians, especially younger Christians, want to participate in the mission of God. They simply don’t know what to do. They need to be invited to contribute to the mission.”

Saved by a Community for Community ”God has invited us personally into the community of the Trinity. But here’s the really mind-blowing thing: God intends us to experience this divine community in the fellowship of a local church (Eph. 3:18-19). He saves us as individuals, yes, but he also saves us into communities.”