Sundays here are now “Sunday Share.” The post below is a clever piece of advice on how to use something everyone has – their face – as a reminder to practice gratitude in everyday living. Mama Lava has been posting daily “hacks” to encourage and entertain her readers and this is one of my favorites!
Isaiah 27:1 declares: “In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.“
We must acknowledge the enemy as a powerful dragon to know the difficulty of our struggle, and also that it is the LORD who ultimately must, and will, destroy him “In that day” (rather than now or when we want Him to)
“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations” – J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Hobbit
Sundays here are now “Sunday Share,” but the post for today isn’t ready, so for now it’s “Saturday Share.” Today’s post comes from pastor, author and blogger Dave Peever. It’s a searching and thought-provoking piece on why attendance is declining in American churches.
He writes: “Many of our church leaders and attendees are empty people who have replaced compassion, community and commitment with butts in the seats, bucks in the bank and broadening their sphere of influence.”
I see no need to attend church. I know it sounds crazy coming from a pastor but the truth is I have trouble giving a good reason to show up every Sunday let alone throughout the week. I am referring to the congregation of course, if I don’t show up I won’t have a job.
On Sundays Driving Toward Morning focuses on guest content. Today I’m sharing a blog post from Doug Eaton, about a struggle many or all of us share. Read more at the link below!
My biggest struggle with daily devotions is not carving out the 20 to 30 minutes needed to read the word and spend time with God. The most difficult part is slowing down my heart and mind enough to get anything from it. Here is the challenge. I usually wake up to an endless list of tasks […]
Not everyone has the same relationship with social media, and not everyone loves or hates it the same amount and for the same reasons. For some, it may be fine just the way it is for how they use it. Below I’ve linked Tim Keller’s review of the book Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing by Chris Bail, which has some helpful observations on why social media is so polarizing for many, and some thoughts on how to make it a better place for discussion. Bail’s book is based on social science, not religion, but Keller connects it to Christian principles in interesting ways.
One of my favorite lines in the review is that “social media is not primarily a place of public discussion of ideas. The ideas are ways to define oneself and signal belonging to a group, as well as to assign identities to others by associating them with groups you oppose.” Near the end are listed “several principles that [Bail] believes move toward persuasion in social media rather than polarization.” It begins with listening and seeking to understand.
Full article linked below. (Estimated reading time 10 minutes)