|Sometimes we need to step back and refocus on the Son.|
I am tired of blogging alarms going off every time one false teacher speaks at another false teacher's church or conference. After all, should we expect anything different? I am simultaneously weary and frustrated by some personalities in Christendom who, if examined, fail to engage in ethical, trustworthy journalism. I am even more exhausted by those "discerning" Christians who follow such men and/or women like lemmings. My annoyance with fence-sitters and compromisers increases daily. I have grown exasperated by the growing number of Christians who so easily are enraptured by the ongoing, growing political conversation. Those who think that even the most conservative candidate can "save" America are woefully deceived.
And yet, it is not ultimately about what annoys me or you or any of us. The point is, all of these types of individuals have lost their focus. To be sure, any one of us may unfix our gaze from Christ amid the trials, stresses, and busyness of life, but when our distraction becomes what defines us, or becomes what dictates our day, then we must stop, repent, and refocus. On Christ. On His Word. On His promises. If we do not, then we are really no different from the world. It is my prayer that this blog will always point its readers back to Christ, and not find itself wrapped up in these frivolities. Would you pray with me to that end?
In all of this, however, and though some may think it to be frivolous, I hope that you have not grown weary of enjoying your week in review (kind of):
- Within driving distance of Pittsburgh and looking for something to do this weekend? Then you should attend this conference.
- It's always refreshing to see justice in situations like this.
- Head to Britain if you're looking for a white Christmas this year.
- Was Jesus "gospel-centered"?
- Some thoughts on worship etiquette.
- This is your weekly dose of adorable (speaking of being tired).
- Enjoy a free download from Pastor Mike Abendroth's new book.
- Are there degrees of sin?
- Sigh. I don't envy parents today at all.
- A new episode of Simon's Cat is out!
- Here's a little conviction for you the next time you find yourself grumbling or complaining.
- This sermon may be directed at parents, but there are lessons and some conviction in there for all of us.
- And here is Part 2 of Mike Abendroth's sobering message on the truth about Hell.
- Preparing for spiritual war: