Midweek Miscellanies (3/18/21) – An assortment of articles, book recommendations, blog posts, podcasts and other links that we hope you find helpful.

Podcast: Preparing Our Kids for a Post-Christian World (Rebecca McLaughlin): In this episode, Rebecca McLaughlin, author of “Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion” discusses what it looks like for parents to prepare their teens for a life in a post-Christian world. Also, her new teen adapted version of the book is expected to come out sometime soon. You can find it HERE. I look forward to reading this with my family when we get it.

Seven Ways We Can Guard and Repair Relationships: Ray Ortlund with some wise thoughts on guarding and repairing our relationships.

Drowning in an Ocean of Encouragement: Some encouragement to be people of encouragement. “For while some Christians appear to be specially gifted in this way, encouragement is a blessing any of us can give at any time. What comes naturally to some is a habit any of us can build, a discipline any of us can instill.”

The Most Lavish Promise of God? Immeasurable Joy in the Ages to Come: John Piper: “Every day for all eternity — without pause or end — the riches of the glory of God’s grace in Christ will become increasingly great and beautiful in our perception of them. We are finite. They are “immeasurable” — infinite. Therefore, we cannot ever take them in fully. Let that sink in. There will always be more. Gloriously more. Forever.”

Trapped for All Eternity: A Demon’s View of Heaven: This post follows in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis and his book The Screwtape Letters. I thought it was thought provoking. Also, HERE are other letters in this series to help us ponder the spiritual battle that we live in daily.

Testimonies of Transformation: Two stories of men who recently graduated from our Hope House discipleship program. God is so good!

How to Be More than a Gospel Spammer: “Sometimes, our attempts to share our faith are little more than spamming the gospel. We go with the cheapest, most impersonal way to get the good news out. But gospel spam isn’t much more effective than the other spam that we receive. It’s quickly identified and sent to the trash. How can you be more than a gospel spammer?”

20 Quotes from Tim Keller on Resurrection Hope: Tim Keller just released his new book “Hope in Times of Fear: The Resurrection and the Meaning of Easter” in time for Easter. Here are 20 great quotes from the book. HERE is an interview about the book.

Has the Mission of the Church Changed? (Video): With all that continues to change in our cultureRussell Moore gives a short answer to this important question.

In Christ,

Pastor Matt