The Weekly Amen is a list of articles, videos, and other resources that I’ve recognized as content we want to “Amen”. This content will come from various platforms and highlight various perspectives on topics that affect the Church’s collective witness and contributes to influencing our emphasis on the Great Commission here at the CGCS.
Not one life spent in the cause of world evangelization is spent in vain. Not one prayer or one dollar or one sermon or one letter of encouragement mailed or one little light shining in some dark place — nothing in the cause of the advancing kingdom is in vain. – Devotional by John Piper concerning reaching the nations
“When it comes to Saint Patrick, the true story is even more exciting than the legend and the myth. The facts are far better than the fable. This day that belongs to St. Patrick has become about leprechauns, shamrocks, pots of gold, and green—green everywhere. Famously, the City of Chicago dumps forty pounds of its top-secret dye into the river. A green racing stripe courses through the city. But long before there was the St. Patrick of myth, there was the Patrick of history. Who was Patrick?”
In an age of where the talk of building a ministry platform is popular we have to ask the question “Is your platform worth your life?’
Pastors and ministry leaders are constantly under pressure to “build a platform” for themselves. Granted, within the life of the local church, we typically don’t refer to this trend in such self-promoting terms. We instead speak in terms of increasing our ministry influence, having an online presence, and reaching new people in new ways…..If, however, your platform is primarily about self-promotion under the guise of gospel ministry, beware that “success” in your personal ministry does not come at the cost of your faithfulness to Christ. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
Thoughtful critique of the popular notion of the Benedict Option from the book by Rod Dreher.
Throughout the book, he points to a litany of ark-building communities that have embodied Benedict Option principles in various social milieus: Czech Christians, Orthodox Jews, Latter-Day Saints, Roman Catholics and his own tribe, Eastern Orthodox Christians. Yet, there is an obvious group missing from the list, one that is singularly familiar with the raging seas of majority American culture. Dreher’s oversight blurs his vision – our Benedict is probably black.