This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...
Don’t Be Weirder Than You Have To Be –Stephen Kneale
The point here isn’t to avoid all forms of evangelism that anyone might find odd. You can always find someone who thinks your approach is weird, regardless of what you are doing, because they are essentially ashamed of the gospel. Some simply find the very sharing of the gospel itself weird. And, to a degree, they are right. But that is not a weirdness we can avoid.
The point is that we shouldn’t be weirder than we have to be. Whilst we cannot compromise on sharing the gospel itself, we must think very carefully about how we are coming across when we do it. Is our very approach to evangelism going to put people off even before we have said anything at all?
Happiness is long-term, additive and generous. It’s giving, not taking. It works on serotonin.
This is not merely simple semantics. It’s a fundamental difference in our brain wiring. Pleasure and happiness feel like they are substitutes for each other, different ways of getting the same thing. But they’re not…
It’s possible to find happiness in the unhurried child’s view of the world, but we’re more likely to find it with a mature, mindful series of choices, most of which have to do with seeking out connection and generosity and avoiding the short-term dopamine hits of marketed pleasure.
Don’t Use Your Theology As a Weapon –Michael Kelley
Careful here, because I’m not saying that the gospel should not be proclaimed at funerals. And I’m not saying that there is never a time to point the grieving back to the words God has given us for comfort. I am saying, however, that truth like this must be wielded carefully and thoughtfully, lest we bring it down onto the heads of the grieving like a theological sledge hammer. Theology becomes a weapon when we, compelled by the insatiable need to respond, flippantly throw it around as if the circumstances around us are not wreaking real havoc in the real lives of real people.
May we all pray this prayer with Scotty Smith…
The Eternal Day of No More Meanness or Madness
As much as we love the vision of animals and creation living in perfect harmony, we long, a gazillion times more so, for the Day when people no longer harm one other in any way. No rancor or revenge, no more suicide bombings or human trafficking; no more in-home lootings or concert-going shootings. No more automatic guns; just automatic kindness.
No more profiling or despising, stereotyping or marginalizing. No more racism, sexism, or tribalism. No more demeaning or dismissing, meanness or madness, hard hearts or harsh words. No more loving poorly… in any way, shape, or form. Every thought we think, word we speak, and choice we make will be an expression of your beauty, Jesus.
Hasten the Day when God’s glory will cover the earth like water covers the sea; the Day when knowing the Lord won’t be something we do, but who we are; the Day when we will finally and fully love one another as you love us.
Until that Day, keep us groaning with hope and growing in grace, living on mission and loving as you love. So very Amen we pray, in your powerful and patient name.