11 Ways I Get Things Done- Regardless of what you think of Mark Driscoll (and I’m not his biggest fan), this is a pretty handy list. I’m am TOTALLY against item #8 on this list (or at least the application of it he gives), but otherwise it’s pretty good. In the age of smartphones, I’ve found #4 to be really easy. I love that thanks to Amazon Kindle and Logos Bible Software I have a library of reading material with me anywhere I go.
The Greatest Graduation Gift Ever- This is really cool. “I graduated high school this week. When my dad said he had a present for me I thought I was getting some cheesy graduation card. But what I received was something truly priceless. Following the ceremony he handed me a bag with a copy of “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” by Doctor Seuss inside. At first I just smiled and said that it meant a lot and that I loved that book. But then he told me “No, open it up…”
Flags in Church?- This is a terrific article about the issue of having an American flag displayed at church. The only possible way this would be permissible is if a church wanted to display the flags of all nations where church-supported missionaries were serving, and one of those countries was the USA. Otherwise, it should never happen. The article does a great job of saying why. “To whom (or what) is glory due? The answer, of course, is God and God alone. To give glory to country is idolatry. To weave faith into nationalism is heresy.”
5 Myths About Spiritual Depth- “All Christians want “depth” in the preaching they hear, the books they read, the Bible studies they attend. I’ve never once heard a Christian say to me, “I just wish I could get more shallow preaching.” But what exactly is “depth”? It’s a nebulous term that almost nobody knows how to define. “
Your Pastor is not Your Political Activist- An excerpt from John Piper’s sermon last weekend. Pastors aren’t political activists, their calling is much more important. “Don’t press the organization of the church or her pastors into political activism. Pray that the church and her ministers would feed the flock of God with the word of God centered on the gospel of Christ crucified and risen. Expect from your shepherds not that they would rally you behind political candidates or legislative initiatives, but they would point you over and over again to God and to his word, and to the cross.”
Finally, blogger Tim Challies has been producing a number of visual representations of important theological concepts. I’ve really enjoyed them. His latest is on penal substitutionary atonement (you can click here to see a larger version):