Just some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing…
This looks like a book worth reading…
Under Our Skin –book review by Tim Challies
“Do you remember Benjamin Watson’s Facebook post from November 14, 2015? The news had just gone out that a St. Louis County grand jury had decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Watson, a professional football player, took to Facebook with a post that would soon be “liked” nearly a million times and shared more than half a million more.
Watson received significant amounts of both praise and criticism for his words. It came as no surprise to me that he was soon invited to switch genres and to turn his brief article into a full-length book. The result is Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race–And Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us…
…We have probably grown wearily accustomed to athletes who tack Jesus onto their lives as a kind of superstitious afterthought, but this is clearly not the case with Watson. He is a man who gets it—who gets the gospel and its implications for all of life.”
The Problem With Modernizing Your Worship Services
“Your goal as a worship leader isn’t to be creative to the exclusion of engagement. Participation will always win the day. Always.
A better question is, “How can we make our worship fresh?”
“Modern” feels like we’re trying to keep up with the times, comparing ourselves to what is happening around us.
“Fresh” says, “What do our people need? What will help engage them in worship on a deeper level? What will help them see their place in the story of God a little clearer?
Here are 5 ways to make your worship services fresh…”
Whether or not Trump wins, the Republican Party may never recover –Liam Kennedy
“Throughout the 2016 Republican primary campaign, the electorate’s fears and resentments have been whipped into a frenzy. Jobs are insecure and living standards stagnant or falling; immigration is destroying the fabric of the nation; national security is imperiled by imminent terrorist attacks; the government is scheming to take away Americans’ guns…
…It is a constituency to which the absolutism of Trump’s rhetorical style plays well – and in appealing to it he has revealed the chasm that has opened between the Republican establishment and its base…
…The long-cherished establishment assumption that American politics inevitably re-centres itself through the electoral process is now being sorely tested. There is growing evidence that “negative partisanship” is taking over American politics and the electorate has become more ideological and tribal.
This will be a challenge for the Democrats too – but right now, the Republicans are being consumed by a storm of animosities and passions which they simply cannot control. Whether or not Trump wins the nomination, the fallout could shatter the party for years to come.”