‘He gave up his right to be angry. With the Holy Spirit’s help, he chose to replace strife with peace, angst with comfort, regret with reassurance. He gave me a gift of grace and demonstrated a truth of Scripture: Love keeps no record of wrongs.’
This is a long one but worth watching if you have the time. Julian Rebera speaks on the importance of vision and values for churches in deprived places, but he doesn’t just mean having a snappy sentence and set of values on your website. I was at RTU and found this talk particularly helpful.
David Robertson gives his thoughts on what he perceives to be systemic problems in the Evangelical Church at large.
This is short, but really good, from Eddie Arthur. ‘I know these things shouldn’t matter to me; they are ephemeral, unimportant and unrelated to my true identity in Christ. But they do matter. There are times when I really struggle with not being in leadership, with the loss of significance, with not being important anymore. I found myself musing on these things when reflecting on the latest revelations of leaders falling from grace in the evangelical and broader Christian world.’
This is a good one to read for anybody who is starting a new ministry post. But its application clearly goes beyond church leaders speaking about their predecessors. I think this applies as much to people moving to new churches and how we speak about other places we have served and been served.
Justin Taylor, by way of Craig Blomberg, explains how we can sometimes land on truth but draw it from the wrong place. Incidentally, I have long taken Blomberg’s view of this particular text.
‘Oldham… doesn’t need our fame and it doesn’t need our work being applauded. It needs people who will slave away in anonymity, who will forget themselves and their potential aspirations, who will share Christ with people unlike them and who are prepared to face much rejection and opposition in the process. Having done that for months and years, there may be the joy of seeing one or two repent of their sin, come to Christ and join with his people only to, not long after, watch them move on somewhere else so that we have to start from scratch over again. It may not be glamorous and it won’t redound to your earthly glory, but it is what our town desperately needs. Selfless, self-effacing, gospel-hearted workers who will put aside any plans for greatness and comfort and, instead, commit themselves to loving and serving unreached people.’