8 Responses to Friendly Fire. Intended for pastors specifically, but easily applicable to everyone who knows the hurt of being attacked by friends. “No New Testament pastor had his character assaulted and sabotaged more than Paul. Time after time, those he sacrificially served, attacked him, accusing him of being in ministry for impure, self serving reasons. It goes with the territory of ministry. When you find yourself in those crosshairs, here is a simple strategy for responding to and recovering from personal attacks…”
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Christ. A good word. “Jonathan Edwards’s famous sermon, ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,’ needs a companion: ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Christ.’ The Scriptures leave us in no doubt about the love of God and Christ. But those same Scriptures also do not leave us guessing whether God and Christ will execute judgment upon the impenitent…”
15 Cool Things About the Simpsons You May Not Have Known. This will be interesting to those who watch(ed) the Simpsons. No one else, though.
Does God Need to Shatter Your Dream? “When a person becomes alienated from a Christian community in which he has been placed and begins to raise complaints about it, he had better examine himself first to see whether the trouble is not due to his wish dream that should be shattered by God…”
Making the Church a Safe Place for Mental Illness. “Church should be the safest place for those who struggle with mental illness. It should be a place of refuge amidst the constant misery. Don’t you agree? So how can we make the church a safe place for those who struggle with mental illness? Here are a few suggestions…”
The Best of CBMW from 2014. A list of the most popular articles from the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood from 2014. Don’t miss out. The articles are excellent and relevant.
Hell & Hemorrhoids. “Like sex and hemorrhoids, Hell is a topic unmentionable in polite company. So why write a book about it? Why raise Hell?”
God May Oppose Your iPhone. Some good thoughts for using phones in service “Jesus, it’s so wonderful to be with you! Thank you for all you’ve…oh, hold on for a sec. I just posted this really funny photo of a dog wearing a sombrero and a lot of people are liking it. Okay, what was I saying? Right. You’re really worthy of…dang it! Sorry, my friend has been texting me all morning. He wants to know if I’m coming over to watch the game. Now, where was I?”
Reverent, Heart Worship. I really appreciated the simple focus of this piece. “Reverence is not necessarily being still or somber. Neither is it being exuberant and joyful. It is not a matter of worship style or building decor. Reverence has everything to do with the attitude and bent of our hearts.”
What Sloth Does to You. “One day I woke up and realized that I was stressed out about the chaotic state of my life. There was no relaxation, EVER. But, it wasn’t because I never sat around. It was because I was sitting around too much. I was avoiding what I didn’t want to do, and it was making me miserable. I believed the lie that I am not cut out to be a housewife. But, the truth is that I had let the sin of sloth scramble my life in the smallest ways, and the result was that I felt like a failure.”
Heaven is For Real, But the Books About Going There Probably Aren’t. I think this is probably more common than not.
The World’s Toughest Job. Mom’s are bomb.