“When Your Church is not Revitalizing”
I wrote this post for The Gospel Coalition for pastors who are struggling in a revitalizing situation where new life is not happening. Pastors in difficult situations must learn to find their identity in Jesus and not in their work. They also wrestle with the temptation to stop doing the things that actually matter and it is imperative that they resist this temptation by working consistently on the most important aspects of ministry.
Technically this does not count as a good read. Ken Burns’ latest documentary covers the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Their lives, actions, and policies shaped the course of our nation and laid the groundwork for much of American life as we know it today. They were also fascinating people and Burns tells their story in engaging detail.
“You Can’t Catch Sin Like a Cold”
Barnabas Piper writes about our tendency to treat people who live in obvious and outward sin. We can tend to retreat from them as if their sin is contagious. “We don’t “catch” sin. It’s in us from birth. We are sin carriers. It’s only by the grace of God that we can become immune to the virus that lives in us, that we can live a life without its symptoms oozing and coughing and exhaling out of us onto others. Because of the work of Christ we are able to choose whether or not to sin.”
The Great Divorce
I have read several people in the last few days call this their favorite C.S. Lewis book. Amazon has a great Kindle deal on it this week.