Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:
1. My Top 10 Theology Stories of 2016: Collin Hansen – Hansen says, “We’ll remember 2016 as the year we’d rather forget. Normally I search for at least a few positive stories and trends in my annual year-end survey of the year’s top theology stories. But this year overwhelmed me with distressing, unresolved developments.”
2. Your Wounds Do Not Define You: MaryLynn Johnson – MaryLynn notes, “The road to laying down the burden of deep wounds might seem long and difficult. It may be hard to imagine finally letting go of something that has weighed you down for so long. But Christ longs to exchange our burdens for freedom. He wants to help us step out of the dark and bring healing to our heart. Christ has so much more to offer us than the bricks we carry.”
3. Discipling the Discipled: Nick Abraham – Abraham says, “If we can see God’s Word as already relevant to the small details of our lives and not just a list of truths we espouse, our communion with Christ will be all the more blessed. That, in fact, is the real payoff of the biblical model of lifelong discipleship. Our time with people, growing together in our knowledge of the Word and growing together in prayer, will only further develop our relationship with Christ.”
4. Be a Man and Preach!: H.B. Charles Jr. – Charles says, “The Lord has used these last words from my father to challenge and encourage to press on through the various and multitude dangers, toils, and snares I have face in life and ministry. May these words do the same for some Christian minister who is struggling with worry, doubt, and fear who is reading these words…”
5. A Tip for Husbands: Erik Raymond – Raymond notes, “Being a pastor I get to talk to a lot of husbands. They want to have a good, healthy, happy marriage. Many of them are angling for a way to gain an advantage and show their wife that they love and care about her. But in my experience guys can run a little low on creativity and surprise. Doing the same things over and over again are nice and reassuring, but it can also be stale and kind of predictable. Here’s an idea that I’ve seen work well, and it’s easy. Consider it some garlic in your meatloaf.”
Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He writes at matthewwmanry.com.