Why Christian leaders struggle with dark nights of the soul (Thom Rainer): If you read church history at all, you’ll learn that men as faithful to God as Martin Luther and Charles Spurgeon struggled with bouts of at least heaviness, if not depression. I’m convinced more church leaders than we know face these battles. Here are some reasons we do, followed by a simple suggestion when we struggle. Read more at ThomRainer.com.
5 features that made the early church unique (Tim Keller): Before Christianity, there was no distinct “religious identity,” since your religion was simply an aspect of your ethnic or national identity. If you were from this city, or from this tribe, or from this nation, you worshiped the gods of that city, tribe, or people. Your religion was basically assigned to you. Christianity brought into human thought for the first time the concept that you chose your religion, regardless of your race and class. Read more at The Gospel Coalition.
12 church things that make little sense to me (Chuck Lawless): Probably one or more of these any of us can identify with in our ministries. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.
Don’t ever stop praying: the refreshing privilege of unceasing prayer (Scott Hubbard): This command from God is not a guilt trip, a monkish dream, or a summons to drudgery. It is, rather, a call to become who you were made to be. It is a command to live up to your privileges in Jesus Christ. It is an invitation to enjoy your God, not just once in the morning, but all day long. And for those who are in Christ, no matter the stage of life, it is possible. Read more at Desiring God.
Seven ways to sabotage your prayer life (Greg Morse): This brief list is helpful for all of us to detect if we are sabotaging our prayer life. Read more at Desiring God.
This nine-question quiz will ruin your life (JD Greear): If you really want to uncover the things in your life that steal your worship from God, then you need to do an Idolatry Detection Test. Read more at JDGreear.com.
Aging gracefully (Tim Challies): Every day, we are all building the house we will live in when old age comes. Some of us are building a beautiful palace. Some are building a dark prison. What are you building? Read more at Challies.