Friday Faves

The Gospel that Almost Killed Me: This is a really really good post about the dangers of believing in a prosperity gospel. “Brothers, call it what it is. Pastors, call it what it is. Don’t let even a hint of this junk live in your church. Preach against it, and preach a gospel that shines so bright and burns so hot that any other gospel that tries to approach it burns up upon entry.”

The Life of Lisa: I really resonated with this one. “There is the me that you see here on the blog, there is also the me at the podium teaching Bible study, the me at church, the me at basketball games, not to mention the me here at home. Sometimes they are different versions of me, or so it appears. Which is true? If I am honest, none adequately represent the whole of who I am.”

This is a short film (12 minutes long) called “ReMoved.” A friend posted this article on Facebook, which is where I first saw it. It’s about foster care, and it is powerful. Please watch.

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Friday Faves–A Little on the Heavy Side

Should We Stop Saying, “The Church Hurt Me?”: “I hear the statement quite often. Usually it’s raised in discussions of church membership. People want to know how to help a wounded friend or family member re-engage the church. Or, they’re the ones who have been hurt and they’re wrestling with whether church is worth it. Some want to be convinced to join a church and others want to be told it’s okay to leave…”

Pastor: Fix My Helicopter And God Will Give You A Car: Speaking of church hurt…if you attend a church like this, a broken heart and an empty bank account are in your near future.

Confession of a Pregnant Teenager: This is an EXCELLENT post! Friends, how we treat people, especially our own families, will influence the years to come. Our judgement never leads to their repentance.

Am I Reformed?: “Be honest – if you find out someone disagrees with you on something you deem critical, do you find it harder to embrace them relationally?  Do you tend to caricature their views and even demonize them personally?”

Kind of heavy this week. Even still, Happy Friday!