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. Pain: A Secret Garden of Pride: Marshall Segal – Segal says, “The Bible, as a book for the hurting and heart-broken, speaks above all of our suffering, whether it’s experienced with someone or not. Pride may try to deny it, but God can speak powerfully through a Spirit-filled friend who knows little about your experience of suffering, but holds God’s book open before you.”
2. Holy vs. Holier Than Thou: Jared C. Wilson – Wilson notes, “Holiness and holier-than-thou-ness aren’t parallel phenomena. They run on different tracks. If someone is growing in arrogance, pride, and self-righteousness, by definition they are not growing in holiness.”
3. The Prophet Greater Than Moses: Whitney Woollard – Woollard says, “Words have no meaning apart from structure. Thus, the way in which we arrange our words are just as important as the words we use. The Gospel of Matthew illustrates this perfectly. The life and teachings of Jesus are intentionally pieced together in such a way that you are forced to consider who Jesus is and how he has come in fulfillment of Old Testament expectations.”
4. Four Idols That Kill Leadership Development: Eric Geiger – Geiger notes, “If you have said or thought either of these about developing others, your desire for comfort or the status quo is keeping you from doing the difficult, messy, and painstakingly slow work of investing in future leaders. A longing for comfort will keep a leader focused on the short-term, the temporary, and the easy. Leadership development is none of these as it takes time, has eternal ramifications, and is hard work.”
5. We Distinguish: The Importance of Theological Distinctions: Mark Jones – Jones says, “If I had my way regarding theological training, I’d attempt to help students master the basic theological distinctions from the era of Protestant scholasticism. Those who think ‘scholastic’ is a bad word probably don’t know much about scholasticism. Truth be told, we all need a little – perhaps a lot – of scholasticism in our lives. Indeed, we all use distinctions as a basic way of communicating.”
Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He writes at matthewwmanry.com.