Linking We Will Go
Speaking of maps, check out this map of the dominant religious groups in the U.S. on a county-by-county basis.
Chuck Lawless imagines what he would do if he were the devil to attack spiritual leaders. This paragraph caught my eye:
The devil’s strategy is really quite simple: he wants us to mess up, give up, or get puffed up - in any order. We get puffed up when we think we are strong enough to stand against the enemy. We mess up when we fall into his trap. Then, we give up when even the church refuses to welcome us upon repentance.
Steve Diggs was shafted by a church in Texas. He writes about his experience in When Christian Leaders Do Wrong. He also offers five lessons he learned along the way. I particularly liked lessons 4 & 5.
H. B. Charles, Jr. offers some wise theological reflection on the catchphrase “Taking Back What the Devil Stole”. This post is just jammed with good, Bible- based common sense. I especially commend his final paragraph because he rightly says that to focus on what the devil supposedly stole is to “dishonor the unfailing promises of God, the redemptive work of Christ, and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.”
Ben Stein will be happy about this.
I love to listen to the preaching of S. Lewis Johnson, Jr.
And in a completely different vein, Ed Levine wonders, Does Anyone Still Eat Chicken-Fried Steak? The answer is yes.