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Weekend Picks ~ 7-7-2017

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

Joy Is For the GenerousTim Challies
Money may not be able to purchase the greatest and deepest joy, but it can still generate it. The joy is there for the taking. The joy is there for the giving. The joy is for the generous.

It’s so easy to judge someone who sins differently than you do…

The Hypocrisy of PhariseephobiaJay Harrison
https://tgc-cache.s3.amazonaws.com/images/remote/http_s3.amazonaws.com/tgc-ee2/articles/hypocrisy-of-phariseephobia-1.jpgThis person seemed to have compassion on everyone she met—that is, everyone who wasn’t gay. This made me angry, but it gradually dawned on me: Because she thought of me as the worst person, I’d begun thinking of her as the worst person.

I was being a hypocrite…

Not that long ago, many considered homosexuality to be the worst sin. Today, culture has shifted to view bigotry as the worst sin. But it’s clear Jesus didn’t rank sinners on a scale from “better” to “worse.” Sins may vary in some respects, including the consequences they can have in this life, but they’re all equally deserving of God’s judgment.

You’ve seen them, whether you realize it or not…

How to spot a misleading graphLea Gaslowitz

When they’re used well, graphs can help us intuitively grasp complex data. But as visual software has enabled more usage of graphs throughout all media, it has also made them easier to use in a careless or dishonest way — and as it turns out, there are plenty of ways graphs can mislead and outright manipulate. Lea Gaslowitz shares some things to look out for.

Christians are free, but have no rights…

4 Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty
Sinclair Ferguson
Where the gospel is at stake, liberty needs to be exercised; where the stability of a weak Christian is at stake, we need to restrain it.

This is all part and parcel of “living between the times.” Already, in Christ, we are free, but we do not yet live in a world that can cope with our freedom…

For now, as Martin Luther wrote, “A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to every one.”

As it was with the Master, so it is with the servant.

People claim religious motivations for a lot of different things, including terrorism. It might make sense to be skeptical…

The Weakness of ReligionAlan Jacobs
http://religionfacts.imgix.net/226/147622.jpg?fit=max&q=80&w=340&s=46cff5163808efb9be865fc9d0017271The books I read, the food I eat, the music I listen to, my hobbies and interests, the thoughts that occupy my mind throughout the greater part of every day – these are, if truth be told, far less indebted to my Christianity than to my status as a middle-aged, middle-class American man.

Of course, I can’t universalize my own experience – but that experience does give me pause when people talk about the immense power of religion to make people do extraordinary things.When people say that they are acting out of religious conviction, I tend to be skeptical; I tend to wonder whether they’re not acting as I usually do, out of motives and impulses over which I could paint a thin religious veneer but which are really not religious at all.

Musical generation gap…
Zits – Click image for a larger view.

My Picks for Monday 3-7-2016

This is the stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

5 Easy Ways to Be Generous Without Using Money
Art Rainer
hands-purple-child-holding“Living the generous life is not just about money. God has designed us to use all of our resources to point people toward Him and advance His Kingdom. It is an exciting, adventurous life that, unfortunately, so many never experience…

…God has created us to be generous with all our resources. So while you work to free up your finances, here are five easy ways to be generous without using money…”

Two Strategic Drifts in Churches and How to Address Them
Eric Geiger
“Organizations and churches drift away from their identity and mission. Without constant care and godly leadership, drift pulls a church from her core message and mission. A church doesn’t drift into greater health or better focus.

We drift as individuals in the same manner. We don’t drift into physical fitness or spiritual growth. We drift away from those things, not toward them…

In terms of strategy and mission, there are two common and related drifts that plague churches…”

1. Churches drift toward complexity.

2. Churches drift off mission.

(Read the article for his elaboration on these points.)

3 Reasons to Stay in a Church That’s Not Cool Enough
Michael Kelley
Little_country_church_Cedar_Valley_near_Winona,_MN“At some point, most any of us who grew up in a Christianized culture are going to look around at our church, the one we have supposedly given our lives to through membership, and see that some other church in town has better music. Or a trendier vibe. Or better coffee. Or a more polished preacher. Or whatever. Our church has suddenly become not cool enough, and that same righteous indignation boils up inside of us because we believe we deserve something more… we deserve the best!

So we leave.

Now let’s be clear – I’m not talking about legitimate reasons to leave a church. Those are real. There are doctrinal issues that are worthy of dividing fellowship over. I’m not talking an issue of the integrity of the gospel; I’m talking about the nonsensical issues of preference that make us church shop whenever we feel a little restless. In this post, I’d like to argue for three reasons to do the very counter-cultural thing of actually staying in the church that’s simply not cool enough…”

The Messy Secrets of Perfect PitchMike Cosper
“Nothing about music is absolute, and nothing about music is perfect—least of all pitch, a perpetually moving target…

Maybe in the new-making of all things, the overtone series will be fixed and we’ll discover new harmonic pathways to explore. I’m not so sure. I wonder if the conflicts in the overtone system are part of their design, and that like sculpting or mountain climbing, the difficulty involved in navigating them is part of what makes them worth exploring. Maybe, the word “perfect” in “perfect pitch” is simply a misnomer, and we need to describe mapping and creating pitches in a way that accounts for the way that music is a fluid, relative thing. Maybe the good of music—good, as in “It was good,” created good—is supposed to involve wrestling and reckoning with music as something full of obstacles, something profoundly relative, profoundly puzzling, and profoundly beautiful.”

Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying…
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