Earlier this summer, our family made a pilgrimage to the ultimate summer vacation destination, Disneyland. As we navigated the crowds, I noticed a common trait among our fellow mouse-eared tourists. With the exception of a few overstimulated toddlers and stressed-out parents, everyone around us was smiling and laughing. The strangers...
Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one on the grace of waiting, another on how to disagree with spiritual leaders, and more!
The Grace of Waiting (Nicholas T. Batzig, Feeding on Christ)
Learning to wait on the Lord in times of want, frustration, hardship and trials is one of the greatest graces in this life. It takes the supernatural work of the Spirit of God to enable us to do so. It takes a deep knowledge of who God is from the Scriptures so that we are able to rely on Him.
Why We Need to be Intentional with How We Use Social Media (Blake Long, Theology & Life)
Friends, do we want to glorify God in all that we do? Then let’s be intentional about social media. Use it for His glory, not ours. Have a social media plan. Take breaks. Serve others with it. Use extreme caution when deciding to enter into the cesspool of social media arguments.
What God Promises to Those with Christian Faith (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
The gospel is more than forgiveness and heaven. It is God’s power and presence in your life today.
How to Disagree with Your Spiritual Leaders (Jared Olivetti, Gentle Reformation)
Almost every Christian invested in their church family is going to disagree with the elders at some point. When you feel it’s necessary to address those disagreements, you could do a lot worse than following my friend’s example: seek more leadership, ask lots of questions, and propose practical solutions. Such a Christian goes a long way to obeying Hebrews 13:17, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
When Self-Preservation Becomes Our God (Benjamin Vrbicek, For the Church)
The problem is not safety or self-preservation. The problem is when self-preservation becomes an ultimate thing, when safety becomes a god. When this happens, bad things happen. They happened to Peter on Good Friday, and they can happen to us.