Leadership Links 5/8/2019

CHURCH

3 practical challenges of less frequent church attendance (Eric Geiger): A big shift occurred in the last several years around frequency of church attendance, and here are three challenges for us ministry leaders. Read more at EricGeiger.com.


PRAYER

Start asking God for more: 4 reasons we pray less (Gary Millar): I don’t think there is a single reason why prayer has slipped off our agendas, but there are several significant factors which make it harder to pray today than in previous generations. Read more at Desiring God.

Grab hold of God: The importance of wrestling in prayer (Vaneetha Rendall Risner): I struggle with knowing how to pray. Should I trust that everything is in God’s hands and rest knowing he will do the best thing for me? Or should I cry out to God earnestly to change the situation, giving him reasons to answer my prayer? Wrestling with God or resting in him. Which is better? Read more at Desiring God.


EVANGELISM

Let the outrage culture help you share the good news (Ashley Marivittori Gorman): As hostile conversations swirl around us, Christians have an opportunity to share the hope of the gospel, using cultural outrage for good instead of evil. Read more at The Gospel Coalition.


PREACHING

10 ways to shepherd your church from the pulpit this weekend (Chuck Lawless): Some of my students hear “shepherding,” and they think of pastoral care like hospital visitation, crisis counseling, and one-on-one discipleship. They don’t often think about shepherding from the pulpit; in fact, they practically separate shepherding from the preaching event. I’m convinced, though, that we can shepherd from the pulpit. Here are some ways to do so. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.

Your preaching is unique: Preaching is not what we do but who we are (Warren Wiersbe): Warren Wiersbe went home to be with the Lord this past week after faithful and fruitful years of ministry. I picked one of his classic and helpful articles on preaching in honor of his legacy. Read more at Christianity Today.

Protect your church in one simple step (Tim Challies): A few days ago I tried to demonstrate how a church self-destructs. There is a sad progression that begins with the people growing weary and ashamed of truth. No longer able or willing to endure sound teaching, they get rid of the truth-tellers and accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. Inevitably, they soon turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. All of this is laid out in chapter four of 2 Timothy. In the face of this kind of assault, Paul juxtaposes the simplest solution: Preach. It’s as simple as that one step, that one commitment. The church that remains faithful to God is the church that remains faithful to the Word of God. The healthy church is the preaching church. Here, as I see it in 2 Timothy 4:2, are Paul’s specific instructions for the kind of preaching that glorifies God and protects the church. Read more at Challies.


CULTURE 

Should Christians admit that the Bible got it wrong and move on? (Albert Mohler): Sometimes, a headline says it all. A recent article appeared in the USA Today by Oliver Thomas with such a headline. It reads, “American churches must reject literalism and admit we got it wrong on gay people.” The article begins with a provocative statement: “Churches will continue hemorrhaging members until we face the truth: Being a faithful Christian does not mean accepting everything the Bible teaches.” Read more at AlbertMohler.com.

Ordinary Christians will end abortion: 8 ways you can help (Tim Counts): As Christians, who believe that God creates each human being—born or unborn—in his image, with the right to be protected, these swift events can be overwhelming. What can an ordinary Christian do in the face of so much evil? Read more at Desiring God.


BIBLE INSIGHT

A biblical theology of clothing (Nick Batzig): Many years ago I was involved with an evangelistic ministry in New Jersey. A group of us would go out on the Boardwalk and ask people if we could talk with them about the gospel. In the course of our conversations, I would sometimes ask if they knew why they wore clothing. The humorous responses that we received were almost singularly worth the experience; however, the most common answer I would get was, «Because people would laugh at me if I didn’t!» While it may seem like a trite question, it actually has profound importance regarding the Scriptural teaching about our need to be clothed with the righteousness of Christ. In order to understand a biblical theology of clothing we have to go back to Genesis 3 and understand the problem of spiritual nakedness and the correlation that it holds to physical nakedness. Read more at The Christward Collective.