The Weekender (January 8)

The Weekender is a new weekly feature where each Sunday we’ll pass along 5 things discipleship-related worth checking out, including blog posts and articles from around the web, books, resources, and more.

Tim Keller on making sense of God

Tim Keller giving a talk to Google employees on the topic of making sense of God? Yes, please.

I sacrificed my children’s future for missions

The headline caught my attention because I’ve thought about this a lot. If you’re on mission with your family, where is the line between familial safety and obedience to the Great Commission? Tough question.

What “poor in Spirit” really means, and how it leads to happiness

If, like me, you’ve read the phrase “poor in Spirit” in the Sermon on the Mount and wondered what exactly that means, this is a good place to start.

The hyper-examined life is not worth living

As someone that’s stuck in their head much of the day, I needed to hear this: “The hyper-examined life is what happens when a legitimate desire to be self-aware becomes an unhealthy preoccupation with our own emotional lives. Hyper-introspection can make us watch our thoughts and feelings with an obsessive hawkishness, making us perpetually unable to enjoy moments of self-forgetfulness. This can be particularly debilitating in relationships, when every relationship and encounter is constantly subjected to inward scrutiny.”

Why your desire to change can’t rely on willpower alone

This one is related to New Year’s resolutions, but if has broader implications for discipleship. As we disciple other people towards obedience to Jesus, helping them overcome their dependence on their own willpower is one of the most difficult things we face. This isn’t based on biblical insight, but on scientific research. Still, it’s always helpful to see science reinforcing biblical revelation.


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