- Siding with Jesus on the Cross: We tell a story in which we side with Jesus against the world and against the sinners and against the perpetrators of injustice. We thereby become guiltless and just. The opposite of what the cross’s message teaches. (Scot McKnight)
- God Hears Your Super Bowl Prayers, an interview with William Lane Craig: Ultimately, one is submitting oneself to God’s providence, but I see nothing the matter with praying for the outcome of these things. They’re not a matter of indifference to God. God cares about these little things, so it’s appropriate. (Christianity Today)
- A new bivocationalism: If it is one option for congregations willing to take the long look at their future and shape another kind of identity realistically and creatively, then bivocationalism may provoke renewal rather than resentment. (ABP News)
- 5 Things to Remember When It Comes to Church Size: My experience with wise church leaders is that they reluctantly embrace growth when it comes, but they do not chase it, they do not fixate on it, and they do not use it as an indicator of anything in any short-term way. They do look at long-term trends to help identify obstacles to effective ministry, and they certainly celebrate the stories of people who experience gospel-centered transformation. (Transformed)
- Free audio book: When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Finkert (ChristianAudio.com)
- Free download: Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry (Logos).
- Apparently, some people are rather upset about Coca Cola’s ad featuring “America the Beautiful” in different languages and #boycottcoke is now a thing on Twitter. Lovely.