#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

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To Go to War? Or Not to Go to War? That is the Question: Bruce Ashford

Moral accountability is absolutely vital for individuals and societies. For a person, a community, or a nation to flourish, it must open itself to moral examination, to questions of right and wrong.

War is no exception. …Read More.

Discipleship That Goes Beyond Peer Circles: Meredith Cook

People tend to gravitate toward others who are most like them. For many adults, this means the people they spend the most time with are peers—people roughly the same age and who are experiencing the same stage of life.

It isn’t bad that our natural tendency is to surround ourselves with those like us. There are benefits of being around people who are going through similar life events.

It isn’t good, however, for us to only spend time with people who are exactly like us. This is especially true for the local church. It matters that members of the church body—made up of a diversity of people—practice intentional fellowship with each other. …Read More.

10 Ways to Challenge and Stretch Your Faith: Chuck Lawless

Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). Still, many of us have a stagnant faith that has not been challenged in years. We don’t know God better, and we don’t trust Him much more than we did years ago. If that’s where you are, maybe these ideas will help you challenge your faith. …Read More.

Set the Little Ones Free

What does it mean to be human? Are we accidents, illusions, or masterpieces? This is the identity question many of us have asked at some point in life. And how we answer this one question, consciously or unconsciously, will determine how we value and treat one another.

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of this question. Before we decide on an answer (accidents, illusions, or masterpieces), let’s take a look at the appraisal and ethical implications of each position. …Read More.

Parents, Stop Idolizing Your Children

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Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God.(Leviticus 19:4)

We read these prohibitions against idolatry, and too often we quickly pass over them. After all, idols are nothing more than man-made stone statues or carved pieces of wood, right? While idols can be created by human hands, idol worship is far more pervasive and serious. Idol worship is dangerous because an idol is anything we elevate and worship above God in our hearts. …Read More.

#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

What Does a World Without Billy Graham Look Like? Aaron Earls

On February 21, 2018, Billy Graham left our world and entered into the next. What did he leave behind?

In the year since Graham’s death, modern-day evangelicalism has had its fault lines surrounding ethnicity, gender, and politics exposed.

In addition, numerous high-profile pastors and Christian leaders have resigned or been forced out for personal moral failings, mishandling allegations of sexual abuse, and significant character flaws. …Read More.

10 Books That Reveal the Idolatrous Nature of Marxism: Bruce Ashford

Here are ten books I recommend for people who wish to understand the idolatrous nature of Marxism and its corrosive effects on individuals and societies. Although Marx intended to liberate society and alleviate its suffering, his ideological framework unfortunately and necessarily suppresses society, induces poverty, and supplants religion. Marxism is not primarily an economic theory. It is primarily a surrogate religion. And it is creeping into the worldview of many Americans, including American Christians.

I will describe each book and then rank its level of difficulty on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most difficult. Level 1 is the category for a book you could give to any friend or family member. Level 5 is the category for a book that might be required in a PhD seminar. …Read More.

10 Internal Signs of a Leadership Ego Problem: Chuck Lawless

Some people are openly arrogant. Even if they don’t always recognize it, others quickly see it in them. I hope, though, that church leaders would not be among that number. On the other hand, many of us struggle privately with ego. To help you determine if that’s the case for you, here are some signs honest, vulnerable pastors have shared with me over the years. …Read More.