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Apologetics: On the Key to Reaching Unbelievers – Devin Maddox wisely takes us beyond the argument over ‘degrees of contextualization’ to the very heart of the matter: whether or not we have compassion.
Preaching: Writing Sermons in Community – I love the main point of this article, but I would add a pretty radical qualifier, which is that if we make our sermon evaluation group a church staff, our sermons are going to become increasingly “insider speak”. At least half the feedback needs to be from non-Christians.
Theology: The Missing Elements of Modern Worship – Tim Challies nails it, here. I think this says a lot about what church services are really typically about…us.
Spiritual Life: John Owen on Delighting in Worship – Speaking of worship, here’s a positive injunction from the man himself: John Owen.
Fun: Jimi Hendrix Plays “Sgt Pepper” Just Three Days After Release – This is a really interesting story, with some video footage and speculation to boot.
A Glimpse of Truth: The Town that Isn’t – This episode of radiolab hones in on the divisions separating our country, by looking at a small town that decided to…not exist. A fascinating and harrowing look at conflict without the gospel.
Writing: Why the Best Writing is ‘Steeped in Knowledge’ – This interview with Terry McDonell—editor, journalist and media entrepreneur for Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and Outside – is steeped in knowledge indeed.
Christians and Culture: Quotes from the Centered and Sent Conference – Some wonderful and timely quips from Tim Keller and others.
Leadership and Productivity: John D. Rockefeller’s Keys to Success – Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with making power plays. Just the opposite.
Mercy and Justice: Lecrae is Done Explaining Himself – Brothers and sisters, we can do better than this. Please don’t wrap up the true, sad story Lecrae is telling into your own.
New! Marriage and Family: Happy Daddy, Happy Home – I love the honesty and wisdom in the campus minister interviewed, here. Great stuff.