#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

Global Missions through the Bible: Ephesians: Benjamin Merkle

If it is true that God is on mission and that believers are called to follow in that mission, then every book of the Bible will contribute to that vision. Ephesians is certainly no exception. As Paul wrote from prison to believers in and around the city of Ephesus, he gave a number of insights into God’s global mission to redeem all peoples.

Here are three principles from Ephesians that inform our prayer, thinking, and engagement in God’s global mission. …Read More.

No, You Aren't Paranoid. Someone is Really After You: Scott Hildreth

_____ Has a wonderful plan for your life.

Have ever you seen the sentence above?

If you have ever seen "The Four Spiritual Laws" created by Campus Crusade for Christ, you know this is part of the opening line. 

This is one of the most popular evangelistic tracts ever used. It opens with the statement, "God Loves you, and has a wonderful plan for your life." Of course, it continues by showing how our sin has destroyed this plan. You can see it in over 150 languages here  - 4 Spiritual Laws

However, for this post, I want to make a small change to the sentence. It is equally as valid, but rather than encouraging. It is terrifying.  …Read More.

How to React when Someone Confesses Their Sin to You: Meredith Cook

Recently, I wrote about why I think it’s important to confess our sins to fellow believers. In that piece, I only considered one side of that paradigm: that of the confessor. But there is a second piece that is equally important: What is an appropriate response when someone confesses their sin to us? …Read More.

4 Ways to Integrate Singles in the Local Church

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The Apostle Paul tells us the church is the body of Christ. Ever since I was a kid, whenever I read 1 Corinthians 12, I’ve pictured actual pieces of human anatomy acting out the metaphor on a stage. The foot stomps around and pouts, “I’m not a hand. I don’t belong here.” Then this giant eyeball rolls and says to the hand: “Get out of here. I don’t need you.”

Sometimes the inside of my head is a little dramatic. …Read More.

An Intersect List of Recommended Podcasts: Parenting, the SBC, Work, Diversity

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This summer, we’ve shared multiple summer reading lists — featuring recommendations from some of our contributors. (Read list 1list 2list 3list 4list 5 and list 6.)

Today, we change gears and feature our contributors favorite podcasts. This week, our contributors highlight podcasts on parenting, the SBC, work and diversity. …Read More.

The Half-Education of Jay-Z

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When I first heard Jay-Z’s new album “4:44,” I was like, “Yes! Jay-Z is back! Finally!!!” From the first track until the last, I was captivated by his no-nonsense humor and honest self-reflection.

Jay-Z opens his album with a song called, “Kill Jay-Z.” It’s like he knows that before he can get into the album, he has to address his infidelity to the incomparable Queen B, Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter.

So, after a long period of silence, Jay-Z speaks. However, his words aren’t addressed to us or even to Beyonce. Instead, he addresses his own soul and calls himself to die. …Read More.

You Don’t Need a “Calling” to Do the Work of God

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One of my tasks as a pastor is to do away with the myth of “calling.” I know what we mean when we use this language in regards to ministry. We mean that God has burdened us to serve a people or ministry, or to preach the gospel. My fear is that the way in which we often use the term sounds more like we have experienced an other-worldly, subjective, unfalsifiable call from the mouth of God to do something that he has not commanded everyday Christians to do. …Read More.