Reading for Your Weekend—1/29/16

It's Friday, so it's time for another edition of Reading for Your Weekend, a list of links to posts and resources that are worth checking out. You will find both links to stuff I've posted this week in addition to links around the web that are worth checking out. weeklyreading

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History of the Church — Session 3: The Beginnings of Christendom

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From Around the Web

Hermeneutics of Humility — Chris Dunn

God is worth His word being studied well. In fact, the words of God are immanently crucial for believers and unbelievers alike. Of course arriving at the meaning of those words is a daunting task; nonetheless, it is a task we must engage in. In contemplating this serious endeavor, the gravity should lead to what might be called a hermeneutic of humility. Several applicable considerations can help in cultivating such a posture.

Ways to Recognize a "Church Control Freak" — Chuck Lawless

Slightly humorous, unfortunately true, this post by Chuck Lawless will help you identify those control freaks in your church.

The Great Ebook Battle of 2016 — Trevin Wax

I've always enjoyed reading about the debate between physical and digital books. With these recent posts from Michael Hyatt and Tim Challies, I find myself more in line with Trevin Wax.

Why Are Pastors Leaving Churches So They Can Pastor? — Collin Hansen

A thought provoking piece, exploring the misconceptions and tension within pastoral ministry.

he church needs both kinds of leadership—pastoral and executive—in that order. The pastor cannot do his job according to Scripture if he’s tied up in administration. But the church can’t fulfill its mission unless servants step forward to carry this burden. Pastors don’t need to leave the church in order to pastor. They do, however, need realistic expectations.

Kill Your (Celebrity Culture) Worship — Mike Cosper

I would argue that the problem isn’t contemporary innovations, and the answer isn’t (necessarily) tradition. The problem is with the church’s understanding of the purpose and goal of worship. What are we seeking to accomplish with our gatherings? Is the church gathering for the purpose of robustly forming people with the story of the gospel, with remembering and renewing her covenant with God? And is everything that happens in the gathering serving that end?

From Augustine's Conversion to 'Confessions' — Gerald Bray

I've been working on a Sunday night lesson on Augustine this week. This post came out at the right time.