Leadership Links 5/22/2018

What is discernment? (Sinclair Ferguson): But what is this discernment? The word used in Psalm 119:66 means “taste.” It is the ability to make discriminating judgments, to distinguish between, and recognize the moral implications of, different situations and courses of action. It includes the ability to “weigh up” and assess the moral and spiritual status of individuals, groups, and even movements. Thus, while warning us against judgmentalism, Jesus urges us to be discerning and discriminating, lest we cast our pearls before pigs (Matt. 7:1, 6). Read more at Ligonier.

Exercise for more of God: Five reasons to train your body (Stacy Reaoch): The world tells us exercise is primarily a tool for our vanity and for living longer. Here are five reasons to pursue a regular exercise plan. Read more at Desiring God.

If we could see Sunday from heaven (Marshall Segal): Have you ever caught yourself looking past Sunday morning? Has the promise of the week ahead ever begun to eclipse the wonder of gathering with God’s people? You probably don’t despise church, but you might still quietly pine for the extra rest that afternoon and evening. You might long for another week to start. A temptation arises, at times, to take Sundays for granted and start looking forward, instead, to what comes on Monday: to routines, relationships, events or activities, maybe even to work. Church slowly, even imperceptibly becomes an interruption in the week, instead of the culmination. Read more at Desiring God.

12 things good Christian leaders can name quickly (Chuck Lawless): I admit that I’m using this post to judge myself. Over the years, I’ve paid attention to strong Christian leaders, and I’ve learned that many of them can name the things listed below. This list stretches and convicts me. Perhaps it will challenge you as well. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.

7 signs you’re cocooned in the church world (Chuck Lawless): Studies have shown that many church members don’t do evangelism. Fear is often a primary obstacle, but so is the reality that many of us are cocooned and insulated in the church—thus, we’re disconnected from the very people we’re called to reach. Here are some signs that you’re cocooned in the church world. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.

8 ways that false teaching infiltrates the church (Chuck Lawless): The apostle Paul knew that false teachings infected the church at Corinth. Some teachers, who appeared on the outside to be “servants of righteousness,” were actually only “false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ” (2 Cor. 11:13-15). They infiltrated the church and brought with them another gospel. How does false teaching make its way into today’s church? Here are a few ways it happens. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.

The feel good gospel: How we use God for comfort (Greg Morse): The feel-good gospel loves the effect of the Christian faith while tragically forgetting its God and true gospel. The comfort of man — not the worship of God — has become chief. The news that man can be happier — not that Jesus died for sinners — is the good news. Man comforted — not Christ crucified — is the heart of the system. And it deceitfully promises to hand out these effects to sinners when God says the wicked have no right taking up his promises while living in unrepentance. Read more at Desiring God.