Good Reads 11.09.16 (on: burnout, parenting, joy, and more!)

Here is a collection of good reads gathered from across the internet this past week. Enjoy!

On parenting: Mom as Unsung Disciple-Maker by Sam Bierig

Ultimately, you are one of the many building blocks that God is using to teach your children their dependence upon him for everything.  You may even be the most important building block in that particular foundation.  They are helpless outside the help of the Lord.  And you are the hinge point, daily, that stands between that knowledge of God and your child.  You’re a living parable of the care and sustenance we have in the Father as well as a parable of our utter reliance upon him.  So, when you repeat to your baby one hundred times over, “Here comes the airplane!” you are evangelizing and discipling.  You are teaching them the fear of the Lord.  Just like Israel, it’s not really about the bread; it’s about God. (click here to read more)

On spiritual mentoring: Mentoring Others by Jerry O’Neill

In Titus 2, Paul instructs his pastor friend to teach what accords with sound doctrine. Titus was to teach sound doctrine (chap. 1), but he was also to teach what accords with sound doctrine, or what is fitting for sound doctrine. The context makes clear that what accords with sound doctrine is sanctified, reverent, godly love and wisdom. Even the best of classrooms can’t teach these things. In 2 Timothy 3, Paul says that Timothy had followed his teaching, his conduct, his aim in life, his faith, his patience, his love, his steadfastness, his persecutions, and the sufferings that happened to him. Timothy was well mentored. Paul’s discipling of Timothy certainly involved doctrine (listed first), but it included things that can best be fostered outside the pulpit (click here to read more)

On love, the Bible, and SSA: Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak the Truth: A Response to Jen Hatmaker by Rosaria Butterfield

To be clear, I was not converted out of homosexuality. I was converted out of unbelief. I didn’t swap out a lifestyle. I died to a life I loved. Conversion to Christ made me face the question squarely: did my lesbianism reflect who I am (which is what I believed in 1999), or did my lesbianism distort who I am through the fall of Adam? I learned through conversion that when something feels right and good and real and necessary—but stands against God’s Word—this reveals the particular way Adam’s sin marks my life. Our sin natures deceive us. Sin’s deception isn’t just “out there”; it’s also deep in the caverns of our hearts.  (click here to read more)

On battling burnout: Grace-Paced Living in a Burnout Culture by David Murray

The motivating power of grace is missing. Take a look at five people printing Bibles on the same assembly line. Mr. Dollar is asking, “How can I make more money?” Mrs. Ambitious is asking, “How can I get that promotion?” Mr. Pleaser is asking, “How can I make my boss happy?” Mr. Selfish is asking, “How can I get personal satisfaction in my job?” They all look and feel miserable. Then we bump into Mrs. Grace, who’s asking, “In view of God’s amazing grace to me in Christ, how can I serve God and others here?”

From the outside, it looks like all five are doing the same work; but their internal motivations all differ. The first four are striving, stressed, anxious, fearful, and exhausted. But Mrs. Grace is so energized by her gratitude for grace that her job satisfies and stimulates her rather than draining and dredging her (1 Corinthians 15:10; 2 Timothy 2:1). Where grace is not fueling from the inside out, a person will be burning from the inside out. (click here to read more)

And finally, some wisdom about church and joy (image from themajestysmen.com Instagram feed)

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