This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...
A Small Rural Church Is Hard to Kill –Bart Barber
When you … look at the story of a small church in a rural town, this event defies ranking or evaluation.
For the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, it is an extinction-level event…
The death of 26 members would traumatize any church, but for a church this size, it threatens the church’s very existence. It threatens that small church; it frightens every small church. Most of the pastors of small churches across the nation know someone whom they could imagine committing a similar crime…
A single scandal involving a key personality can make an entire network of megachurches vanish without a trace in the span of a few months. I predict a better outcome for First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
People are less likely to abandon the church they attended with their grandparents. I believe that members who have been on the sidelines will step up. Sister churches in that rural area will reach in and give a helping hand. The martyrdom of these believers will bring people to Christ.
I believe that the gates of hell remain the principal threat faced by smaller churches. I believe that the gates of hell will not prevail against Christ’s church.
Is Your Sacrifice for Jesus Getting in the Way of Your Faithfulness to Jesus? –Michael Kelley
…I wonder if sometimes our sacrifices for Jesus actually get in the way of our faithfulness to Jesus.
There are opportunities all around us right now, right where we are. Opportunities to share the gospel with a neighbor. To teach a children’s Sunday school class. To tell the hard truth to a friend. To tithe to our church. But none of these things have the appearance of being large and audacious. But each and everyone of them is a small example of the kind of day in and day out faithfulness Jesus has called us to.
Spotlight II: Not Coming to a Screen Near You
Hollywood loves a good sequel. Especially when that sequel guarantees a lot of money. There’s nothing a Hollywood mogul loves more than getting his hands on a lot of money. Actually, as we’re finding out, or as we’re finally being told as if we didn’t already know, that’s not true. Money’ is second on the list when it comes to what a Hollywood mogul loves to get his hands on.
So the sequel I’d most like to see up on the big screen this summer is Spotlight II, a followup to the original, and brilliant, Spotlight that focussed on the sexual sins of the Catholic Church in Boston. Those sins were overlooked by politicians and police alike, but were exposed by the fearless Spotlight team reporters at the Boston Globe.
Spotlight II could star Michael Keaton and all the crew, only this time the spotlight will be firmly turned back on itself, as Hollywood does the definitive piece on the sexual sins it has covered up, and has kept covered up by dint of its power and influence.
And the script virtually writes itself, doesn’t it? All you have to do is take the original Spotlight script and replace the words “Catholic Church” with the words “Hollywood Establishment”.
At least he died happy…