Friday, May 31, 2019

Five Star Links

Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 


What do we do when the figures we admire in church history have feet of clay? Ignore or gloss over those flaws? But if we believe the gospel saves sinners and that believers struggle with sin until they are glorified, what should our response be knowing that we have been saved as well? This is a thought-provoking post on one of those figures, George Whitefield, by Jared Wilson - Was George Whitefield a Christian? 


In the video How Is Brokenness Different from Sin?, Jeremy Treat and Eric Thoennes discuss the relationship between brokenness and sin. I’ll admit I’m not crazy about the word “broken,” but then the people I hear use it seem to think “brokenness” is humanity’s primary problem. (It isn't; sin is.)

But if “broken” is used along with the word “sin”—and simply used to describe the effects of sin in this world—I might be okay with it.


Here is an opportunity to understand how to better help missionaries reaching out to unreached people groups. Seth Callahan shares a couple of interesting ideas. I have known Seth for a long time, and have served with him in camp ministry. 
OK, so here’s the starting point for the conversation: The Evangelical church spends 99.7% of their (our) funds engaging with people in REACHED people groups, that is, people who already have access to God’s Word in their language and have a functioning indigenous church.

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