Links I like (2/15)

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What If We Took Outrage Porn as Serious as Traditional Pornography?

Mike Leake:

I believe this type of pornography is even more insidious than sexual pornography because it’s not quite as obviously wrong. Within the church we’ve been socially trained to feel a massive wave of guilt when viewing online pornography. And rightly so. But I’d argue we’ve actually dulled the conscience’s ability to experience this wave of guilt in matters related to anger. The church has often used anger, wrongly, to fire up the base. We too readily equate indignation with godliness and concern. And we preachers know the red meat we can throw out to our congregants to get the “amen” crowd fired up. This has led, I would argue, to the ability to spend hours on the internet reading and sharing outrage porn without much feelings of guilt.

But what if we took outrage porn as serious as the better known variety?

How Does a Man Know if He is Called to Pastoral Ministry?

Jonathan Hayashi:

I was recently looking back at some of my journals, and to be honest, there were times in my journey I have struggled to know if God called me to pastoral ministry.

Every follower of Jesus is called to be a minister. Not one disciple of Jesus is exempt from the task of disciple-making. However, there is such a thing as the role of a “pastor” (Philippians 1:1) and some are called to that specific ministry of the office of pastor.

Here are three factors that one must consider before entering pastoral ministy.

What’s the True Source of Powerful Evangelism?

Casey Lewis:

I am convinced that what gave evangelists in the eighteenth century remarkable power was the Whitefield-Wesley confidence in the supreme authority of Christ. Jesus acted in and through them not because they were powerful persons, but because they were empty vessels needing grace. He was the one who forgave and cleansed them; He was the one who sent them with the gospel; and He was the one who opened the hearts of hardened people to a very humbling message. By contrast, believers today typically serve a much smaller Christ…

80 Years Ago Today: The Conversion of John Stott

Thomas Kidd:

John Stott (b. 27 April 1921) was confirmed in the Anglican Church in 1936, at the age of 15.

But he was not converted—expressing saving faith and repentance in response to the divine call—until Sunday afternoon on February 13, 1938, when he heard the 40-year-old Rev. E.J.H. Nash deliver an address to an all-boys group of the Christian Union at Rugby School in Warwickshire.

4 Words from Jesus That Can Change Your Life

Michael Kelley:

It’s against that backdrop that we find the very simple but profound invitation of John 1. To set the context, John the Baptist was the religious draw of the day. With his eccentric dress, his biting rhetoric, and his fearless demeanor he challenged the religious establishment calling all who heard his message to repent, for the kingdom was at hand.

When God Says ‘No’

Melissa Kruger:

Life’s circumstances sometimes bring us to our knees, asking God to do what we cannot. Most of the time we’re praying for good things: healing for a loved one, freedom from sin patterns, a job, a spouse, a child, salvation. Yet, at times, our good desires remain unfulfilled. Years ago, I watched cancer take the life of a beloved friend, even though we fasted, prayed, and begged God for her life. I’ve prayed for salvation that never happened, wombs that never opened, and spouses that never appeared. I’ve prayed for prodigals to return, but they still remain far from home.

At times, God’s answer to our desperate cries is no.


Augustine and the undoing of arguments toward ignorance

A favorite from the archives:

John Stott (b. 27 April 1921) was confirmed in the Anglican Church in 1936, at the age of 15.

But he was not converted—expressing saving faith and repentance in response to the divine call—until Sunday afternoon on February 13, 1938, when he heard the 40-year-old Rev. E.J.H. Nash deliver an address to an all-boys group of the Christian Union at Rugby School in Warwickshire.

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