Time for a new normal (Ed Stetzer): As we look forward, how can we continue on the positive movements and focus that we have seen emerge? Returning to normal after such a historic moment would be nothing short of missing one of the greatest opportunities of our lifetime. We’ve been handed the chance to be better and do better. Let us go and do it. Read more at Christianity Today.
5 reasons why some churches won’t recover (Carey Nieuwhof): It pains me to distill a list of some of those factors that will ultimately close churches. I am a “pro local church” leader. I’ve spent my entire adult life cheerleading for and trying to build up churches that make a difference in their communities. But brothers and sisters, in all truthfulness, I do think we’re facing a season of unprecedented pressure on churches across the country. Unless we look soberly at what’s happening within our churches, we may find many churches simply not existing anymore in a matter of weeks or months. Read more at CareyNieuwhof.com.
5 reasons to pray your church would grow slowly (Aaron Menikoff): Our temptation is to want fast and furious growth. Sometimes this happens. God’s hand of revival has fallen more than once. In 18th- and 19th-century America, revival hit many cities, greatly multiplying the number of genuine believers. In the 21st century, countries in Africa and East Asia have seen a dramatic rise in the number of Christians. God can and does move dramatically. He’s alive and he’s powerful, and we should pray for revival. But a good desire for numerical growth should never eclipse a willingness to be patient. Read more at The Gospel Coalition.
Grumbling is not a minor sin (John Beeson): Grumbling is the way of the flesh. The way of fear. The way of our sinful nature. The way of darkness. Gratitude, meanwhile, is the way of the Spirit. The way of trust. The way of our new nature. The way of light. Read more at The Gospel Coalition.
3 ways to shake off gospel numbness (Michael Kelley): We can become numb to the gospel. We can forget how great our sin is. We can forget how great the sacrifice of Jesus is. And we can forget the mind-blowing reality that we are counted as sons and daughters of God. Oh, we don’t intellectually forget these things I suppose; but we become accustomed to them. We get used to them. We become numb. So how do you break out of this kind of gospel numbness? Read more at MichaelKelley.co.