Key Connections (May 11, 2017)

To the childless on Mother’s Day (Chelsea Patterson, The ERLC)

As a childless woman, Mother’s Day can be a painful reminder of what I don’t have, and what I long for.

Seven Things Church Members Should Say to Guests (Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay Pastors)

Today, I am looking at a very basic barrier: lack of friendliness to church guests.

Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayer? (Sarah Walton, Unlocking the Bible)

Although I’m encouraged to see God at work in a way that brings him glory and relieves someone’s pain, I’m tempted to wonder, Why not me?

Ten Questions Christians Should Ask of Their Entertainment (Kevin Halloran, Anchored in Christ)

We need to understand the complex and often subtle effects of media on our lives.

Bible Reading Is an Art (David Mathis, Desiring God)

When your Bible reading seems unremarkable, or when it seems like you don’t have the skills or knowledge to grasp all of what’s there, remember that God’s work always runs deeper than we can see.

Kristen Wetherell is a writer, Bible teacher, and the content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She is the author, along with Sarah Walton, of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (The Good Book Company, April 2017). She blogs at her website, and you can follow her on Twitter. She and her husband, Brad, are members of The Orchard in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Connect with Kristen at her website.

Date Posted: May 11th, 2017