Ten Practical Ways to Control Spending & Wisely Manage Money. As 2015 begins and folks are open to rethinking things, I thought this was timely. His conclusion is worth repeating: “It’s not how much money we make, but how we handle it that matters. And it all begins by recognizing the money we’re handling is not our own. It belongs to another, before whom we will one day stand, and from whom the best words we could ever hear are these: ‘Well done my good and faithful servant. Enter into your Master’s joy.’”
How I Select & Schedule Discipling Relationships. I saw this floating around online, but didn’t read it until one of my interns told me how helpful and encouraging it is. “A new elder recently asked a more experienced elder of his church how he finds time to disciple younger men in the faith and to evangelize. After all, this new elder has an intense Washington DC job, a busy home with children, a long commute, and all the other duties that come with being a non-staff elder in the church. Surely there is little time left for discipling and evangelism, no? Here is the elder’s reply…”
A Scholar’s Response to Newsweek’s Attack on the Bible. Bible scholar Michael Kruger
responds to crushes Newsweek’s negative piece on the Bible. See part two here. Also, don’t miss Dan Wallace (another scholar) do his own crushing here. If you don’t know much about Biblical canon or textual criticism, this is an excellent place to see its importance and get your learning on.
Google Got It Wrong: The Open Office Trend is Destroying the Work Place. As an introvert, I say, “Duh.”
1o Questions to Ask Yourself as 2015 Begins. I am going to journal my thoughts on these questions and I encourage you to as well. “The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God…”
If God Could Save Him, He Can Save Anybody. “I knew David became a Christian in jail where he was serving time for attempted murder, but I didn’t know the extent of the darkness he was living under…”
Heart-Oriented Bible Application. An excellent and brief piece about what true application looks like and how to ensure it is happening. I am going to print this for my youth shepherd leaders.
How to Think & Pray About the Suicide of a Transgender Teen. Denny Burk offers a helpful summary of a recent suicide as well as some needed resources to equip us to minister well in such a case.
Bad Analogies for the Trinity. I will be preaching about the doctrine of the Trinity for our middle school ministry for the next two months. In thinking about the Trinity, this clip is both instructive and hilarious. As you will guess, we won’t be using any analogies.