A few weeks ago, I had the “privilege” of sitting under some pretty bad teaching. I’ve often heard illustrations by others of hearing and experiencing flawed preaching, but I haven’t been privy to it firsthand that frequently. But on this occasion, I found myself squirming in my seat as I listened to the teacher misconstrue 3 separate passages of Scripture, culminating in a complete misrepresentation of the cross of Christ.
Well, here it is, Volume 52 of “Links I Like.” One year of reading and sharing and encouraging other writers to continue writing and influencing others with the gospel. That’s my aim with this series. My goal remains to read and share as much as I can, so others can see vast array of glory that’s contained in God’s gospel of grace.
Hello and welcome to another edition of “Links I Like,” a weekly collection of the stories and sites that have encouraged and enlightened me throughout the past week. I hope you’ll find them just as encouraging and enlightening.
I wrote this post as I walked in circles and pushed a stroller in front of Ulta. I know that’s, perhaps, the strangest introductory sentence I’ve ever written, but it’s actually quite appropriate considering all that’s transpired over the last few weeks. Natalie had made an appointment to get her hair colored, so I took control of Lydia to make sure she didn’t exercise her lungs too much.
This world makes much of “love.” It’s the centerpiece of countless movies, books, paintings, and songs. Love is everywhere. We’re so inundated and bombarded with the notion of love — of falling in love and being in love — that it seems impossible for us to escape the idea that love is all you need. But is that true?
There’s something ominous about the idea of change. Even though the change taking place might be good, very good even, the uncertainty of the future is always a little daunting. Any transition or life-change has a way of upsetting your comfortableness with the way things are to prepare you for something new. And this newness is the source of both fear and hope. Fear of the unknown and hope in the One who’s already there.
It is always surprising and even a little shocking to see just how opposite to our ways and our will God works. Our normal reactions, plans, and intentions are often thwarted by the upside-downness of God’s economy, and this is many times seen in visceral ways throughout the Bible. Such is the case in Acts 6-7.
Jesus’s “Great Commission” to His disciples is, perhaps, one of the more celebrated texts of Scripture out there. Found in Matthew 28, Mark 16, and Acts 1, these verses serve as the mission statement for modern believers.
One of the oddities and ironies of modern cinema is its bleak outlook on the future of mankind. If you were to watch the majority of films that depict our world in the years to come, the hope would be scarce, and the metal would be in abundance.
One of my favorite quotes regarding the gospel is from the book One Way Love, in which you’ll find the following statement: “The Gospel alone liberates us to live a life of scandalous generosity, unrestrained sacrifice, uncommon valor, and unbounded courage.”