Friday Roundup 09/05/14

On Friday’s I like to share some of the posts from other blogs that I have found interesting and thing that you might enjoy.  Take a look:

 

 

SHAME, THE IMAGE OF GOD, AND FINDING FREEDOM TO LOVE BY SCOTT SAULS

 

Shame—the terrifying sense something is deeply wrong with us—keeps us preoccupied with ourselves and inattentive to the needs of others. It tells us we need to fix ourselves before we can focus on serving others. It tells us we must get our act together before we can act on behalf of friends and neighbors and especially the poor, the lonely, the oppressed, and those on the margins. Before we can give attention and energy to paving paths of flourishing for others, we must first develop our own sense of purpose and our own sense of self. Charity starts at home, we tell ourselves. CLICK TO READ MORE

 

HE MUST INCREASE; OUR CHURCHES MUST DECREASE BY JARED WILSON

 

A gospel-centered church makes that not just a spiritual slogan but her spiritual blood. A gospel-centered church is not aiming to be the nicest church in town. That’d be nice. A gospel-centered church is not aiming to be the most popular church in town. That’d be cool. A gospel-centered church is not aiming to be the smartest church in town. That’d be okay.

No, a gospel-centered church doesn’t aim to be the anything-est church in town because it’s not comparing itself to other churches, but to the holiness of God, which will shrink the church down to size in its own estimation and make her hunger for the holiness that only comes from the riches of Christ in the gospel. A gospel-centered church aims to be a gospel-proclaiming church in town. Because that would be glorious. CLICK TO READ MORE

 

CREATING A HOSPICE MINISTRY FOR CHURCHES By Ed Stetzer

 

It is better for denomination or network leaders to be prepared to respond to dying churches rather than to react to the despair of confused churchless members as churches move toward closure.

Many churches will reach the end of their life cycle without making the necessary moves to experience real change. Those churches that do not comeback will eventually close—it is inevitable.

Today, most denomination or network leaders react to the closing of churches. In the future, wise leaders must anticipate and prepare for the closure of churches. They will facilitate a dignified death for congregations, much like Hospice facilitates sick individuals in anticipation of their passing. CLICK TO READ MORE

 

 

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Friday RoundUp For August 29th, 2014

Here are some of the posts that I have enjoyed from other people’s blogs this week:

 

Nate Martin  –  Scared of Seminary

Tomorrow marks my first day as a seminary student at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. I am thrilled of course, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I was scared. I am scared because I am about to get exactly what I asked for and it makes me very uncomfortable. Let me explain… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

J.D. Greear-  What David Platt’s IMB Presidency Signals About Our Future:

This morning, the International Mission Board (IMB) trustees announced David Platt as the new IMB President. I have no doubts that he is God’s man, chosen for this task in this hour. Personally, I could not be more thrilled. I think this is a wonderful gift of God to our Convention of churches….CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

Josh Patterson –  4 Leadership Lessons From Nehemiah

Leadership tends to define itself better in person than on a page. In recent decades leadership has vaulted to the forefront of organizational discussion, classroom research and publishing houses across the world. Books on the topic abound. In their work, “Classical Leadership,” Michelle Doyle and Mark Smith write, “What is leadership? It seems to be one of those qualities that you know when you see it, but is difficult to describe. There are almost as many definitions as there are commentators.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

Thabiti Anyabwile-   Is It “Goodbye Evangelicalism” or “We Evangelicals Join in Your Suffering”?

When James Cone wrote A Black Theology of Liberation in the late 1960s, he was attempting to provide a theological framework for understanding and guiding the feelings and actions of African-American protestors. He wrote in the wake of a deadly riot in Detroit. He felt a burden, a heavy weight to say something meaningful as a Christian. He felt, as many had before him, that if Christianity had no answer for Black people caught in the roiling cauldron of Jim Crow segregation and state-sponsored terrorism then Christianity had no credibility whatsoever. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

Ronnie Floyd The Prayer Life of A Pastor

Prayer is built on the Word of God. This prevents us from getting out of balance or off into theological error. Sometimes people think those who practice prayer are intellectual midgets or theologically inferior. Great prayer warriors base their praying on God’s Word, the surest truth in this world. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE