Links I like (12/07)

Links I like

Just Say ‘Thanks’

Zach Barnhart:

Some of us have lost all of the thanksgiving in our Thanksgiving (and the days that follow), despite what the Instagram posts might say. But the Christian need not lose heart. Holidays, despite whatever they represent culturally, are powerful opportunities for us to remember, reflect, and, most of all, to recover Christian thankfulness, propelling us into the year to come.

The same God who can make dry bones live can revive even a dead consumerist back to his glory and praise.

An Update on Dr. Sproul’s Health

Prayer needed for R.C. Sproul.

When Distracted Pastors Are Dangerous

Mark Dance:

Distracted drivers are dangerous because they are oblivious to how their actions affect those around them. It is not uncommon to see people driving through heavy traffic in Nashville with their phones on top of their steering wheels.

Distracted pastors are dangerous as well to a degree—both to themselves and to others.

Is Racial Harmony Disintegrating?

John Piper:

I write not as an authority on race relations, or as one with vast experience across cultures, or as one who considers himself especially successful in realizing my own dreams. Instead I write as a watcher of our sad world, a pursuer of biblical reality, a lover of Jesus Christ, and a hoper for more harmony, more justice, and more beauty in my wider family — the body of Jesus Christ.

Stop Trying to Grow the Fruits of the Spirit

JD Greear:

You may have spent years trying to work to develop the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things” (CSB).

But the gospel has a better approach to spiritual growth than you trying to become more mature on your own and by your works. Here are three things to remember when you think about this passage.

How Acts 29 Survived—and Thrived—After the Collapse of Mars Hill

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra does a great job digging into what’s happened in recent years with the Acts 29 Network.

Five words that follow every decision I make

A favorite from the archives:

Last week, as Emily and I were driving home from a Christmas party, we were talking about another big decision we’d made recently. And about halfway through the conversation, I realized all I was doing was spiralling on the what-ifs, and wasn’t recognizing reality—and that in doing so, I was failing to acknowledge the fact that I can actually trust God with all of these things.

And so, I stopped mid-sentence and immediately began to pray.

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