‘My first point is not the most important one. But still, as a pastor who himself has been beaten up along the way, I have to say this. Brother, gut it out! We must. In this world, which is going to stay broken until Jesus comes back, we must get up tomorrow morning and make life happen, and do our jobs, and advance the ministry — and then get up the next morning, and do it all over again.’
Tim Challies previously offered 40 random pieces of advice for the Christian life. Just like the last list, this one is similarly excellent. Maybe you don’t agree with all of these, but I suspect you will find some wisdom in most of it.
‘I am sure there are more things to say, but these eight points are certainly a good place to start for us.’
If you are a Baptist, you may have struggled to fully understand Reformed paedobaptist practice. This article explains the position briefly and succinctly.
By all means have a discussion and disagree, but what is often on display is just outright ungodliness. Here is a particularly egregious example. DO not treat women in your church this way.
I think this makes an awful lot of sense. What we teach people ecclesiologically through our job titles matters.
‘Plenty of Christians are quick to tell you which party you ought to vote for and which are unacceptable for believers. Plenty of people in the world are quick to insist that you are not someone to associate with based on your political affiliations. Both speak to a fundamentalist tendency that cannot bear to engage with those who think differently to you. Both speak to a sense in which they cannot see beyond their own view of things to understand why others, who may even share some of your core convictions, don’t recognise how you can come to different conclusions.’