Archive for the ‘Well Said’ Category

  1. On Ferguson

    Posted on November 28th, 2014 by Jonathan


    Ferguson and the Path to Peace: Dr. Russell Moore points out that “The reason white and black Americans often view things so differently is because white and black Americans often live and move in different places, with different cultural lenses. In the church, however, we belong to one another. We are part of one Body.”

    A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond?: Ed Stetzer puts this helpful piece together with excerpts from Lisa Sharon Harper and Pastor Leonce Crump, and also includes a number of good resources at the bottom (including an enlightening roundtable discussion). In Stetzer’s words, “It’s worth listening to why people are responding differently to the situation in Ferguson.” As Christians, we must.

    The Ferguson Grand Jury Has Given Us Our Marching Orders: “In this instance, I am a firm believer that Lady Justice miscarried.” Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile went on to propos a plan for moving forward. “Here’s how I wish the President had ended his comments and what I pray the remaining movement in Ferguson, New York, LA and other  parts of the country would commit itself to . . .”

    #Ferguson and the Cross: Regarding Ferguson, Paster Derwin Gray asks, “What if black and white Christians shared life with each other in a local church community and heard each other’s stories and walked in each other’s shoes?”

    President Obama Delivers a Satement on the Ferguson Grand Jury’s Decision: “We have made enormous progress in race relations over the course of the past several decades,” said the President. “I’ve witnessed that in my own life. And to deny that progress I think is to deny America’s capacity for change. But what is also true is that there are still problems and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up.”

    The Briefing, 11-25-14: Dr. Al Mohler offers some comments on Ferguson to help us faithfully wade through the complexities. “Christians . . . should be prompted to remember just how urgently we need to pray for our nation, for our communities.”

    A Prayer for Ferguson: Kevin DeYoung pens a prayer for Ferguson expounding on each line of  the Lord’s Prayer. “Be glorified through the saints–of every race and ethnicity–as we try to walk together and talk together in a more excellent way.”

  2. Christians in Kilns, Advent of Unity, Discerning God’s Will

    Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Jonathan


    Refiner’s Fire: Christians in the Kilns: In Pakistan’s Punjab district, 13 out of 19 brick kiln workers are Christians. They are effectively slaves, overworked and mistreated. Tragically, Christians Shahzad Masih and his pregnant wife, Shama Bibi, were killed by a mob in the brick kiln in which they worked earlier this month.

    Advent of Unity: Peter Leinhart beautifully shows how the coming of Christ was the coming of unity. “Advent marks a ‘genesis’ because in Jesus the human race gets a fresh start. Advent celebrates the Advent of humanity’s reunion, the coming of what Paul calls ‘one new man.'”

    8 Essential Components for Discerning God’s Will: “I know that some people maintain that God doesn’t have a will for our lives beyond our sanctification,” says David Sills, “but He does.” These are the eight biblical considerations he offers to those who are eager to discern their role in God’s global plan.

  3. Marriage and Hospitality

    Posted on November 14th, 2014 by Jonathan


    The King Who Never Married: “It’s an odd story when the king never marries,” says Petar Nenadov. This short post explains what, from an earthly sense, was so odd about the life of Christ. The wonder of Jesus’ singleness . . .

    Hospitality, Sacrifice, and Delight in God: “In the abstract, I cherish the idea of guests in our home. In reality, I always feel a little too busy and a little too tired. This makes hospitality, at least for me, a discipline, a theologically-driven practice.” – Jen Pollock Michel

    Showing Wedding Hospitality to Single Friends: “When we practice hospitality (I Peter 4:9), we invite others in to our space in a desire to show them they are loved and welcome. And a wedding is a wonderful chance to practice hospitality.” Catherine Parks’ post includes some really practical ways to do this.

  4. Porn & Education, Defining Marriage, Ferguson Lessons

    Posted on November 7th, 2014 by Jonathan


    Boys, Porn and Education: The headmaster of Gregory the Great Academy, an all-boys boarding school in Pennsylvania, writes about the negative effect pornography has on education.

    6th Circuit delivers a win for citizens to define marriage: In an extremely well-written opinion, judges Sutton and Cook explain their ruling to uphold four states’ ban of same-sex marriage.

    Black and White: Learning Together from Ferguson: Over at Desiring God, Thabiti Anyabwile explains that, together, we can learn a lot from what’s happening a Ferguson . . . if we are listening.

    Each of the issues discussed in this week’s Well Said – pornography, same-sex marriage, and racism – will be covered in Secret Church 15: Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action.

  5. Pastoral Insights, Mission Trips, University, Sexual Sin

    Posted on October 24th, 2014 by Jonathan


    Ten Lessons I learned Pastoring the Same Church for Ten Years: For ten “particularly difficult and yet very special” years, Brian Croft has pastored the same church. Pastors and pastors-to-be will find the lessons he’s learned both encouraging and instructive.

    Eight Ways to Redeem That Mission Trip: “Being a good steward of the blessings God gives us includes that we reflect on and treasure them.” David Sills gives us eight ways to do just that on the heels of any mission trip.

    The Most Important Reality in Overcoming Sexual Sin: Heath Lambert says that “when we are counseling people who struggle sexually the most important thing we will help them do is to know God.”

    The University as a Cross-Cultural Mission: When it comes to sharing your faith, Scott James offers some practical help to those who live and work in a highly-academic, university setting . . . all stemming from a cross-cultural missions mindset.

  6. Tough Questions, Envious Pagans, and Marriage Setbacks

    Posted on October 10th, 2014 by David Burnette


    Are You Ready to Speak to the Culture? Over at Baptist 21, Dan Darling of the ERLC talks about why pastors and church leaders must be ready to address difficult questions, particularly on the issue of homosexuality.

    Pagans Envying Christians: It is largely Christian missionaries who have responded to the Ebola crisis, and as Ross Douthat notes, this is making some non-Christians in our culture uneasy. Douthat likes the fact that Christians are outshining their pagan neighbors in terms of good deeds. (See, however, Denny Burk’s gentle pushback regarding what qualifies as persecution).

    Supreme Court Round-Up: Andrew Walker gathers together a number of responses to this week’s Supreme Court decision regarding so-called same sex marriage. Churches and individual Christians would do well to pay attention to these events, not so we will panic, but rather so that we might pray and persevere.

  7. Sleep, Dumb News, Hood Powers, Radical Community

    Posted on October 3rd, 2014 by Jonathan


    Repenting of our Lack of Sleep: Scott Slayton writes, “When we push ourselves morning to night seven days a week for days on end we demonstrate that we have a Messiah complex.” (HT: TGC)

    How the News Makes Us Dumb: Reflecting on C. John Sommerville’s book by the same title, Kevin DeYoung says that “most of us would do well to read the news less often.”

    Powers in the Hood: In a letter to a friend, Doug Banister warns of one aspect of urban ministry that is often neglected by churches, classes, and training manuals – spiritual “powers.”

    Traditional Sexuality, Radical Community: Corey Widmer says that if we call our LGBTQ friends to radical denial of their sexual desires, our Christian communities should be just as radical.

  8. Gospel-Informed Life: Family, Purpose, Roots, Confession

    Posted on September 26th, 2014 by Jonathan


    Family Life and the Kingdom of God: For you and your house to choose to always serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15) is what Gloria Furman calls, “the highest aspiration of every Christian family.” Though such a resolve is not easy, it’s possible through the gospel, seen even in Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.

    Why Are You on the Earth?: John Piper answers the question with a line from a George Herbert poem: to be a “secretary of God’s praise.”

    Two Ways to Drive Our Roots Deep into the Gospel: Since life consists of seasons–good and bad, high and low, happy and sad–we ought not take queues from our good-season-seeking culture. Rather, explains JD Greear, we ought to trust in God’s Word, driving our roots deep into the gospel so as to bear fruit in all seasons.

    Mutual Confession: A Holy Experiment: What’s to keep your accountability from becoming moralistic and discouraging “Do better; be better” speeches? Dane Deatherage and his friend Cale have found beautiful freedom in confessing their secret sins to one another and offering gospel forgiveness.

  9. How to Criticize a Preacher, Exercising Headship, & More

    Posted on September 18th, 2014 by Radical


    What the church needs most today: Robert Godfrey points to Psalm 81 to make the point that the church’s greatest need is to listen to God.

    Abandoning the term pro-choice: John Stonestreet points out that abortion advocates are redefining themselves by taking an even harder “pro-abortion” line. Trevin Wax also wrote about the change–“If the abortion-rights agenda is to succeed, then, abortion must be de-stigmatized.”

    Ministering to those who experience loss: By sharing her personal experience of losing everything in a house fire, Julie Lowe of CCEF helps us think through how to minister to those who experience loss.

    How to criticize a preacher: David Murray gives us ten questions to think through before telling your preacher that he got it “badly wrong.”

    Ten ways for husbands to exercise Christ-like headship: Over at CBMW, Owen Strachan lists ten ways husbands can exercise biblical, Christ-like headship.

  10. Well Said…

    Posted on August 15th, 2014 by Cory Varden


    Five Principles of the New Sexual Morality, Alastair Roberts: The sociologist Mark Regnerus recently published a piece for the Witherington Institute’s Public Discourse, suggesting that support for same-sex marriage in some Christian circles correlates to broader shifts in morality surrounding sexuality and relations. Survey respondents were asked to declare their level of agreement with seven statements relating to the issues of pornography, cohabitation, no-strings-attached sex, the duty of staying in a marriage, extramarital sex, polyamorous relationships, and abortion. The results illustrated pronounced fault lines between those committed to historic Christian stances on sexual morality and supporters of same-sex marriage.

    Jonah, Mosul, and ISIS: Lessons for Us All, David Allen: In the swirling mayhem of the Middle East conflict, we all need to be reminded that one far greater than Jonah, Jesus Christ, once said in Luke 13:3: “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

    Biblical Theology: Guardian & Guide of the Church, 9Marks: Churches, as much as ever, need to know who they are, where they come from, who their ancestors are. Are we not children of Abraham? Doesn’t our family tree include Moses and David, Rahab and Ruth? Are we not all adopted heirs and coheirs with Christ? Sons of the divine king? Biblical theology is not just about reading the Bible rightly, though it begins there. It serves to guard and guide the local church. It maintains the right message, defines the task of the messenger, identifies imposters, tells us what we do when we gather, and sets the trajectory of our mission. It answers the question, Who are we, as the church in the world?


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