This month marks 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg. Here is what you ought to know about the reformation.
Believe it or not, October is pastor appreciation month (whatever that means). Anyway, in a self-serving bid to see these things now flood in, here is Thom Rainer’s post on ten ways to bring real joy to your pastor. I can assure you each of these would bring real, genuine joy.
This is pretty great. It says it’s for kids but I reckon it has much wider reach. Well worth 5 minutes of your time.
This is a helpful answer to an oft misunderstood command.
‘Sadly, some Christians remain childish, or as the apostle Paul declared, “babies in Christ… because you are still worldly” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). There is a difference between a childlike faith and a childish Christian, and as we grow in our childlike faith, we lose our childish ways.’
‘Your church is not built for inflating your self-esteem. It was not created to make much of you. It isn’t around so that you will better understand how awesome you are or so that you will feel a deep sense of how blessed the church is to have you.’
‘With a properly joined up, national approach to gospel work we could see genuine advance for the Kingdom of God. Sadly, all too often, we retreat to where we feel most comfortable. Whether our desire is for the urban and trendy or whether we’re after more traditional suburban comforts, such desires will inevitably see the demise of churches in towns like Middlesborough, Rochdale, Salford and Oldham. Such attitudes will see swathes of working class people heading straight for Hell because we deem the schools not quite as good, the cafes not quite to our liking or the parents at the school gate not “my type of people”.’