Just some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing…
I Am the Elder Brother –Sam Guthrie
“For the waywards and sinners, the story is a jubilant celebration of embrace. For the Pharisees, it’s a furious realization that they’re accepted in the same breath as the sinners. But the story isn’t ultimately about them—it’s about the father and the grace given equally, fully, and prodigally to both. With tears of joy in his eyes, the father hugs his young son, for he has returned home. And with tears gathering in the same eyes and longing in his voice, he reminds his elder son, “You are always with me, and everything I have is yours. Come in, my son.”
The grace is the same; it is extreme, absurd, beyond all we can ever imagine.
For those of us who resonate with the elder brother, we have a Father who hasn’t stopped inviting us into his arms—despite all the résumés and trophies we hold up to prove our worth. He is our worth. Christ is the one who overtakes us with the free and easy rhythms of grace made possible through the cross. He is the one who enables a life of grace—a life seeking to trust ever more fully in the Father who summons both sons home.”
This made me sad. I still really like that song. Do you think this means we should not use it, or others with Ed Cash involved in the writing?
‘I Am Called a Cult Leader. I Really Don’t Care.’
“For the past decade, “How Great Is Our God” has been one of the most popular worship songs in the United States.
The song’s success helped to make Chris Tomlin the world’s top worship leader, and turned his co-writer Ed Cash into one of the most sought-after Christian music producers in Nashville.
It also helped launch what former members are calling a cult.
Cash is a leading member of The Gathering International, a small group of followers devoted to Wayne “Pops” Jolley, a prosperity gospel preacher with a history of alleged spiritual and sexual abuse.”
3 Warning Signs You’re Drifting From Faith into Superstition
“How can we know, then, if we are drifting from faith into superstition? Here are 3 warning signs:
1. You think in formulaic ways.
2. You are focused primarily on results.
3. You are constantly disappointed.”
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