Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of September 19-25. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.
If We Are So Burdened, Then Why Aren’t the Prayer Meetings Full (Erik Raymond) “Let me put it another way, if we believe that God is good, sovereign, and holy, and that he has told us to cast our burdens on him in prayer then, where are the public prayer meetings by God’s people?”
We Are Outsiders Send Inside on Mission (Caleb Crider) “Being a church on mission means applying missionary thinking to the everyday life of the body. This begins with recognizing our status as outsiders.”
10 Traits of Pastors Who Have Healthy Long-Term Tenure (Thom S. Rainer) “Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for ten or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations.”
Our Plans, God’s Plans (Samuel C. Williamson) “Last week’s ideal plan didn’t translate itself into reality. Instead, life happened.”
5 Ways Your Church Can Get Involved in Global Missions Starting Tomorrow (David Platt & Paul Akin) “Today, there are more than seven billion people in the world. Missiologists estimate that over 2.8 billion of those people have little to no access to the gospel. Practically, this means that billions of people are being born, living their entire lives, and dying without ever hearing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This reality cannot be tolerable to pastors and the people of God in the church.
With this in mind, we want to share five things that your church—regardless of size, location, or situation—can do to get involved in God’s global mission.”
10 Questions to Ask a Pastoral Search Committee (Jeff Robinson) “I have learned several important questions a pastoral candidate should ask search committees.”
Why We All Want to Do Something Bigger (Zach Bradley) “Woven into every node of the human soul is the desire to be a part of something bigger. It comes so naturally that we struggle to recognize it behind the more obvious organs of life.”
Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions (Jon Bloom) “We can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula — the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer — we will experience euphoric moments of rapturous communion with the Lord.”