Today’s “Five @ Free Flow Friday!” is brought to you by the word R-A-N-D-O-M.
This post has it all folks – from the state of the American church to marriage fuel to Sinead O’Conner (remember her? ‘noTHING compares to you’) to kids and the ‘g’ospel to lesbians at church.
Yep. That’s what I call RANDOM.
Enjoy – and please share some of your thoughts below.
#1.The State of the Church in America: Hint: It’s Not Dying by Ed Stetzer
“That being said, the sky is not falling. Christians are not leaving the faith in droves, even though some people are screaming that loudly. In many cases, people who once called themselves Christians are simply no longer doing that. . . Christianity may be losing its top-down political and cultural influence, but Jesus spoke of His followers making an impact in a very different manner. He taught that God’s kingdom was subversive and underground. He used examples like yeast, which changes things from the inside, and mustard seeds, which are small and must be planted in order to grow up and out.”
This was – by far – the best article I read all week. Especially the last 2 sentences quoted above. My, oh my how we can learn so much from Jesus’ intention and strategy for kingdom growth!
#2. What Do You Do When the Marital Fuel Light Comes On? by Mark Merrill
“. . . promptly make changes in your priorities to the extent that you can. Maybe it’s not so important to serve on that board or committee during this season of life. Maybe that weekly golf game with your friends will have to wait. Maybe your kids don’t need to play three sports at a time and have a calendar that is jam packed with extracurricular activities. Maybe your children can help a bit more with things around the house.”
Not that your or my marriage ever runs on empty – but in case you know someone who might need some help. 🙂
“You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn’t see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever.. Don’t be under any illusions.. ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty.”
Wow. Every woman in the world needs this counsel from Sinead O’Conner! Preach it sister!
#4. Why Our Kids Don’t Need the Little ‘g’ gospel by Erin Davis
“There are all kinds of little ‘g’ gospels. These are messages we preach to ourselves citing the (false) reasons God will surely love and accept us.
- There’s the gospel of association: ‘I’m a Christian because I was raised in a Christian home.’
- There’s the gospel of achievement: ‘God loves me because I do so much for Him.’
- There’s the gospel of comparison: ‘I am holy because I’m not as messed up as she is.’“
Yikes. Help me, Jesus!
#5. Learning from a Lesbian Visitor to Your Church by Trevin Wax
“Thinking about that phone call and the demands that were made before she would come to church led me to reflect on the nature of repentance and the ways – even if we don’t want to admit it – we are all like the lesbian caller. We want to be affirmed as we are. . . So many of us think of the lesbian caller and unknowingly respond like the Pharisee going to the temple to pray: ‘I thank you, God, that I’m not like that.’ Meanwhile, we cling tenaciously to the sinful attitudes and actions that characterize our lives. And then we go home unjustified… and unchanged.”
Incredibly thought-provoking and helpful post.