On a beautiful summer weekend, you are most welcomed to this installment of the Saturday Six-Pack, a collection of stuff I’ve recently enjoyed online. Most is faith-focused or ministry-geared; the rest is who-knows-what!
If you need help starting, begin at my two *Picks of the Week*, and move on from there.
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In today’s edition:
1) Real Churches and Real Pastors
This is a post upon a post upon a post. Mark Stevens started it by asking, “Are Mega-Churches Real Churches?“ Scot McKnight then added a post of response to the unfair accusations being leveled at mega-church pastors in light of a recent pastor in Singapore being busted for stealing money from his congregation. Stevens then re-entered the discussion with a response that McKnight posted under the title, “Mega-Church Pastors: A Petersoninan Perspective,” alluding to the far-reaching influence of Eugene Peterson on what pastoring looks like. I pastor in a nowhere near mega-church, but all of this was relevant to my journey into this role. Maybe you too. *PICK OF THE WEEK*
2) Can You Separate Jesus from Religion?
As trendy as it is to pit Jesus against religion, the match-up is somewhat misleading, for Jesus WAS undeniably religious. How are we to understand this relationship if it’s not a cage match to the death? Alastair Bryan Sterne has a few ideas.
3) Four Cringe-Worthy Claims of Popular Penal Substitution Theology
Penal substitution theology is everywhere. For decades gone by, it has been the primary lens through which most of western society has viewed and explained what took place as Jesus died on the cross. In a nutshell, it emphasizes that Jesus died in our place, for our sins, taking our punishment. This is valid. However, it is not the only lens that exists for processing Christ’s death. Many would argue it isn’t even the best one for clarity of the “big picture”. For the Huffington Post, Morgan Guyton offers this critique of some of the misleading messages that are created by our heavy emphasis on penal substitution. *PICK OF THE WEEK*
4) Hearing God in Permanent Silence
One believer asks a church for the deaf why they don’t pray for healing.
5) Specific Plans Do Not Always Help
For anyone who is geared toward productivity-pursuits and goal-oriented living and list-making, this article, from Psychology Today, may speak into your never-ending quest. You don’t just need plans; you need the right kind of plan.
Enjoy your weekend, friends, through renewing yourself and reverencing God.