7 Thought-Provoking Articles

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Here are some great articles I’ve been collecting. Each would be worthy of more in-depth summary and analysis, but I’m running out of blogging room (and time). Scan the titles and snippets, and click through to the one or two that interest you the most.

Worship Through Serving

“Our worship cannot be contained by songs, but must be expressed through serving, giving, being merciful. . . . Jesus saturated himself in the sadness and brokenness of our world, and only when we mirror His heart will justice roll down like waters and righteousness like and ever-flowing stream.”  (Aaron Ivey)

Getting Clear on Evangelism

“When evangelism is often discussed, it tends to focus on how churches mobilize their people to get out and connect with unbelievers. But when we think in these terms, the definition of evangelism can be mistaken as a maneuver, rather than proclamation.”  (Jonathan Parnell)

Things No One Tells You About Going on Short-Term Mission Trips

“If at the end of your trip you say, “I am so thankful for what I have, because they have so little.” You have missed the whole point.

You’re poor, too. But maybe you’re hiding behind all your stuff. . . . We all have to acknowledge our own brokenness and deep need for God before we can expect to serve others.”  (Michelle Acker Perez)

Telling Stories in Our Neighborhood

I’m no saint. I’m nothing special. I’m not paid by the church. I’m not paid by the community. God pays me money through my business—not to hoard it, but so I can be making disciples who make disciples in the neighborhood where I live.”  (Seth McBee)

The Top 12 Government Programs Ever

“The principles that seem to generate successful programs: removing unjust barriers to opportunity and membership, maximizing the social returns from government assets, strengthening work incentives for the underemployed, simplifying regulation where possible, and providing public goods for all and the necessities of life for those who can’t provide for themselves.”  Peter Schuk

More on Ferguson and White Privilege

“The challenge with white privilege is that most white people cannot see it. We assume that the experiences and opportunities afforded to us are the same afforded to others. Sadly, this simply isn’t true.

Privileged people can fall into the trap of universalizing experiences and laying them across other people’s experiences as an interpretive lens. For instance, a privileged person may not understand why anyone would mistrust a public servant simply because they have never had a viable reason to mistrust a public servant. The list goes on.”  (Matt Chandler)

How Can the Fatherless View God as Their Father?

“The brokenness in our cities – high school dropout rates, behavioral issues, criminal activity, incarceration, etc. – will not change until individual followers of Jesus Christ respond to God’s call by walking with and discipling the fatherless. Programs are great, but only to a certain degree. We need people caring for people.”  (Justin Lopez)

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