Linkathon 2/22, part 1
Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the 40-day period observed by much of the Christian church known as Lent.
Amy Sondova: “I know what it is to imagine there’s no God. I tried to do it for exactly 12 hours one day, and I was so tormented, I had to admit I believed in God. I was just so angry at Him that I wanted to Him to stay far away from me, and for years, that was the weird ebb and flow to our relationship. He never left me and I knew that. That’s how I know He will never leave me, that His promise to be with me always is true.”
Kathy Escobar: there are lots of ways to pastor.
Brian Cosby: Youth pastors, give up your gimmicks.
Gregg Allison – a professor at Southern Seminary in Louisville – gave a seminar recently to Mars Hill Church staff on the theology of scripture.
Tony McCollum: Bob Russell’s nine keys to lasting in the ministry.
Greg Laurie: even atheists have moments of doubt.
Chaplain Mike Mercer: Grace means saying ‘I’m sorry’ – even in the case of Mars Hill.
Wanda Martin: “I can’t imagine spending late nights helping my daughters work through their sins, only to get them up the next morning to start the process all over again! … cannot imagine my daughters describing me in such a way. If they did, it would be terribly upsetting because I spent very little time during their growing up years helping them work through their sin. That was NOT the focus in their lives. Instead, my husband and I emphasized God’s love and our love for them. Of course there were times of correction, but they were few and far between. Instead of focusing on indwelling sin, we reminded our daughters that they are God’s children, who were created in His image.”
Lisa Whittle: “It is why I’m interested in having a different conversation. I’ve grown a bit weary of talking about why we hurt each other in the body of Christ, as if our humanity is not reason enough. Instead, I want to shift our energy and effort to a conversation that is more productive: becoming better ourselves, and helping the church wounded be restored, again, after being hurt.”