Category Archives: Links

Don’t Drag Mary and Joseph Into This

Update: Fixed the Links

Ed Stetzer who holds the “Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism” at Wheaton College has written a response to those defending Roy Moore by citing scripture. I’m sharing this particular article (as opposed to others) because Stetzer’s evangelical credentials are beyond reproach, he is fully aware that nothing has yet been proven, and the points he makes are irrefutable. We must not let scripture be used to justify child abuse.

Link: http://bit.ly/2zBg56B

Jesus Christ Was Recklessly Charitable

“Jesus Christ was recklessly charitable,” so begins a fascinating article on what happened when some Dominican Friars opened up their priory restrooms to protestors in need during the recent Women’s March on Washington. This small act of charity pushed both sides outside their comfort zones but ultimately allowed the friars to share their faith. Their example is one all churches should take to heart.

The article is well worth your time: https://goo.gl/P0FzMi

A Compassionate Judge

The Washington Post has an article titled “A compassionate judge sentences a veteran to 24 hours in jail, then joins him behind bars.” I encourage you to follow this link and read it. After reading it, I began reflecting on it in terms of God as our divine judge. In Jesus Christ, we have a judge who not only suffered with us but suffered in our place.

Link: http://wapo.st/1SP5uq6

Baptism is Thicker Than Water

Dan Dick’s most recent post is titled “Baptism is Thicker Than Water.” It begins thus:

At what point should The United Methodist Church admit its failures and simply split over the issues of human sexuality raised by LGBTQI people and those in the church unwilling or unable to accept them?  For me, the answer is simple — at the point that we admit that we do not believe God has the power to unite, reconcile and heal.  To stay together is an act of faith.  To separate is to reject God, renounce Jesus, and revoke our baptism.

I would encourage you to head over to his blog, United Methodeviations, and read the whole thing.

Link: http://wp.me/ppQMH-1qg

Five Ways to Worry Less

There’s an article by Ron Edmondson at Ministry Matters titled “Five Suggestions to Help You Worry Less.” Your mileage may vary, but I found them helpful. The first suggestion was “Pray more” and included the observation that:

“You can pray or you can worry, but you can never do both at the same time. Which would you rather do?”

What would you rather do, indeed?

Link: http://bit.ly/1OmyCD7