Saturday, August 21, 2010

Weekend Reading, 21 August

Phew, I opened this window a couple of hours ago and just now getting to this. Normally I suggest pouring a cup of coffee, sitting back, and reading what I read last week. By now, that pot of coffee is probably empty (at least mine is). But I still encourage you to sit, enjoy, and reflect on blogs that hit home for me this week.

If you read my blog much, you know one of my passions is the current condition of the Church in America. It's easy to criticize and make blanket statements. A point I stress when it comes to the interplay between Christians and politics is that not every evangelical, fundamentalist, social-gospel, and so-forth, church is the same. The lesson holds true when it comes to the health, spiritual growth, and appropriate focus of the same diversity of churches. But as a comment in the above link noted, the discussion needs to take place. Right now, I'm approaching this from two angles reading both Mere Churchianity and Transformational Church, because I think both points of view are valid. You'll see that reflected in these links. Having said that, on with the show...
But "as for me and my household..." The best thing we can do as disciples of Jesus is to surrender our lives fully to him, regardless of what's happening in our churches, our leadership, or even our homes.
  • Jezamama writes an awesome post on what it takes to surrender all and be stripped bare.
  • Similarly, Michael Perkins writes out what he's giving up for God.
  • Jim Foreman takes a lesson from David that we need to choose the hard things to see what lesson God has in store for us.
  • A real-world example of all the above is found in Glen Coffee who just walked away from a promising NFL career to follow wherever God is going to lead him.
It's that time of year when our children head back to school. This is a time of transition and transformation and of rites of passage.
  • Billy Coffey writes about the lessons learned while doing back-to-school shopping.
  • Ron Edmondson shares what he wrote to his son as he saw him off to college.
  • Jay Cookingham shares about the passage of his son into manhood and the lessons to be learned from the older brothers who have gone on ahead of him.
The end of summer is also a bit of a letdown. Sometimes we need to take a deep breath and find ourselves again while continuing to push on.


JC Dude said...

Thanks bro' you honor me and I appreciate it! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

i am glad that you are in the conversation about mere chruchianity. and i like the fact that you are looking from different angles.

good list, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the two mentions! I appreciate it greatly!

Maurilio Amorim said...

Thanks for featuring the post. I hope it sparks more conversation and less labeling.

Duane Scott said...

Thanks so much for the mention! I love reading through these posts. How you make the a conversation is VERY cool! I wish i had time to do this in return. :)

Fatha Frank said...

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I'm glad to include all of you. I'm grateful for the words you all share to encourage and challenge me.

Duane, it is a lot of work and always seems to take more time than I expect. But I think in the end it's worth it.