Kindle Deal of the Day: Life on Mission: Joining the Everyday Mission of God by Dustin Willis and Aaron Coe. $2.99.
Life on Mission is a rich but simple guide that will help everyday missionaries (electricians, lawyers, church planters, students, etc.) in the areas of gospel and mission, which will lead to an effective ministry within one’s own community.
I agree with Brandon Smith on this. Too many evangelicals focus more on the rapture than on resurrection, when the New Testament focuses on the resurrection much more than rapture:
I’m not opposed to attempting to deal with vague texts (at least, vague in our eyes) about the return of Christ. I have more than one book on my shelf dealing with the various views of the rapture and the millennium. It’s an interesting topic. The problem is, many evangelicals spend more time talking about rapture than resurrection. One is the focal point of the New Testament. One is not.
Read Russell Moore’s reflections from the Supreme Court sidewalk as the Court took up the definition of marriage:
I can’t get that scene out of my mind. On the one hand, here is someone from the Bible Belt, maybe even one who grew up in an evangelical church, who is in touch enough with his roots to know how to speak to his elders, but estranged enough from the gospel to be far away from the old paths. On the other side is a man with a megaphone, who knows what the Bible teaches about morality, but who does not know what the Bible teaches about the gospel.
Lore Ferguson has words of wisdom here — When Doubt is More than Just a Season:
To those facing their darkest days, I also want to say it’s just a season. It’s easier to say that than telling them it might not get better. Jeremiah 6:14 reads, “They heal the wound of my people lightly, saying ‘Peace, peace,’ where there is no peace.” We often want to offer the “light” words because we desire peace more than actual healing. But God does not give us light healing; he is a good surgeon, wounding so he can heal, and applying pressure to stop the bleeding.
Eric Geiger gives some advice on how leaders can maintain daily exercise routines:
The people we serve benefit if we have less stress, more energy, and better thinking. Because of that, a leader is wise to, if at all possible, exercise. For the last six years, I have exercised regularly. Here are three ways to embed exercise into your life.