#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

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Don't Lose the Wonder: Alvin Reid

I know.

I get it.

So many needs, so many causes, so many things screaming at us from social media and 24 hour news. It’s enough to keep us in a frenzy. How do we keep focus in a world so dizzying?

You step back. You return to Wonder. You get some space to see God at work.

I spent last week in Ukraine teaching a course for the Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary. This school has grown from a handful to over 500 in a few years. It’s one of the great stories in Eastern Europe. Eager students crowd classrooms to learn. It brought me back to the wonder of teaching. Who would have thought that I, a skinny little kid from a small town outside Birmingham, would get to do this one day? …Read More.

A World Without Any Common Sense: Trevin Wax

Harriet Beecher Stowe once defined common sense as “seeing things as they are, and doing things as they should be.” Stowe zeroed in on the clarity and obligation that comes from seeing the world as it truly is.

But how do we live in a world where common sense has become uncommon? A world in which we do not see things as they are, nor do we even agree on what things we see?

A civilization cannot survive without some degree of commonality in belief and practice. Without certain foundational truths agreed upon by most people, we cannot build anything beautiful and lasting. That’s why the disappearance of common sense—sense we truly hold in common—is often a sign of societal decay. …Read More.

10 Glimpses of What Ministry's All About: Chuck Lawless

All of us in ministry need these moments. When the work’s tough, we need reminders of why we do what we do. Here are some “glimpses” that have helped me press on in faith through the years. …Read More.

Judging versus judgmentalism: Danny Akin

hroughout my ministry, I have heard few verses quoted from the Bible as regularly as Matthew 7:1, which says, "Do not judge, so that you won't be judged." Even when I speak to those who know very little of the Bible's content or redemptive story, they are able to recite this verse.

In fact, I've noticed that many use this verse to prevent anyone from critiquing their actions. Like Captain America's shield or Wonder Woman's bracelets, this verse is used to block any incoming critique. …Read More.