I’ve apologized several times recently for the lateness of blog posts. I know I don’t have a huge readership but I do hope the links are of help to those of you who are reading this. I just returned from a week with my parents in North Carolina and have a rather large accumulation of worthwhile articles to share with you. So let me list several of them here, suggest that you read, save, and/or file them, and I will try to catch up with something midweek if not more often.
Nick Batzig writes a helpful article on the need for being discerning, especially in light of the amount of online content we (or our people) are spending online.
I believe that many people don’t understand the purpose of preaching. It would seem like many people come expecting something akin to a spiritual shot of caffeine, whereas – at least in my thinking – the real benefit of preaching has to do with the cumulative impact it makes. David Gundersen shares some thoughts about this subject. It may also give you some help in answering the “Pastor, we’re not getting anything from your preaching” folks.
This article asks “Are you experiencing holy FOMO?”
Greg Morse writes about driving men away from the church.
If you’re looking for some devotionals for yourself or others, Crossway recently released two by Paul Tripp.
Andrea Burke writes about “Autumn, Anxiety, and the World.”
For the “average” church-goer, church leaders, and even the spouse of a pastor’s wife (which would be pastors). Here are some things a pastor’s wife wants to be known.
Trevin Wax says that your pastor’s wife may feel lonely, and tells us why.
There are a whole lot of things that disturb us in these days, but David McLemore reminds us not to neglect the things that bring joy.
If we don’t want to improve as preachers, we probably ought not to be preaching. Preaching is a gift, but also a craft that needs to be worked on until we stop doing it. Here’s another helpful article from Nick Batzig.
I’ll close with this article that probably every pastor can relate to. Aaron Earls suggests ways in which churches can get COVID-concerned churchgoers to begin coming to church. Caveat: Since this article was written, the virus has spiked in many places, and pastors may be thinking about the possibility of slowing own the process of opening. But at some point you’ll want to address this!