Hello and happy friday. The work week is winding down and I’ve got a new don’t miss list for you about Bible reading, ministerial tweets, marriage and more.
Tullian Tchividjian writes, “But by looking at the Bible as if it were fundamentally about us, we totally miss the Point–like the two on the road to Emmaus. As Luke 24 shows, it’s possible to read the Bible, study the Bible, and memorize large portions of the Bible, while missing the whole point of the Bible. It’s entirely possible, in other words, to read the stories and miss the Story.” Personally, I think this style has also infected preaching leading to an narcigesis epidemic.
Barna Group has some new data on Pastors and social media usage.
Today’s Christian Woman offers a Q&A about marriage and relationships with Mike Seaver, I mean, Kirk Cameron. The Growing Pains star has much to say about depending on Christ to transform us in marriage. “The battle with selfishness is too big to win without God’s help. God created marriage, and God is the cure for selfishness. He loves my wife and my kids more than anyone, and because I’m his son, he calls me to imitate him. Without faith, the whole thing would be a train wreck,” Cameron says.
I’m gonna say right here and right now, no. I only recently found out when speaking to a musician I know (who as far as I am aware is not a Christian) that he is on a worship team for a particular church. I was surprised and dismayed. That’s my two cents.
Still, you should go read Ronnie Martin’s more personal and more thorough thoughts on this subject at The Gospel Coalition’s website. He writes, “So what’s the big deal? Does it matter if we have unbelieving worship leaders on Sunday? After all, if all they’re doing is playing an instrument, they’re not really “leading” are they? I mean, isn’t having an unbelieving musician on stage who can play well going to be less distracting than a believing one who’s chops aren’t all that great? How would anyone know if the drummer’s not saved, anyway? It’s better for him to play at church than at a club, right? I think a better question to ask is this: who does God call to lead worship and how does He call them to lead it?”