The Early Bird Gets The Link

The Early Bird Gets The Link is a daily roundup of interesting and thought provoking articles, videos, or audio clips.

The Abuse of Authority in Prosperity Gospel Churches

In my assessment, there are three convictions in the hearts of abusive leaders that, in their minds, justify their abusive actions. These convictions are an over-realized eschatology, an improper interpretation and application of Scripture, and a prideful heart that desires self-worship.

Do your children know about Jesus’ boo-boos?

A few nights ago, he turned to the story of Jesus on the cross. I started to say a few words about it, but he quickly began to the turn the page. So I pointed to Jesus and said, “Look, Asa, Jesus has a boo-boo!” Immediately, his hand quit turning, he laid the book flat, and he looked at Jesus.

Five Questions to Ask Before You Start Dating

As I think about dating for the right reasons, in the right season, for the glory of God, I’ve considered five questions to ask myself before I start dating — five indicators that I’m ready (or not) to date.

Pastoral Advice for Minority Pastors Shepherding White Christians in Predominately Minority Contexts

In my post last week, I offered pastoral advice for White Christians shepherding ethnic minorities in predominately White contexts. In this post, I offer pastoral advice for ethnic minorities shepherding ethnically white Christians in predominately minority contexts

7 Books on the White-Black Racial Divide You Should Read

In order to gain perspective on an often perplexing set of issues, I recently reached out to several TGC friends and asked for book recommendations—for essential books that illumine the cultural moment we’re in, explain how we got here, and encourage us forward.

3 Ways to Make Sure Culture Engagement Doesn’t Lead to Mission Drift

How do we avoid mission drift as we seek to “engage the culture” or “serve the world” in which God has placed us?

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