Links for your weekend reading:

Things I Wish I’d Known: Reflections on 40 Years in Ministry

God has graciously sustained me through 40 years in paid ministry.

During that time I have been active in, or responsible for, a number of church plants — some successful and others not so much. Now is as good a time as any to reflect on what I’ve learned.

Recalibrate: 10 Steps Every Church Must Take This Year, Or Be Dead In A Decade

Local congregations must reinforce the following 10 principles. And the sooner we get to work on them, the better.

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Say ’Reading the Bible Is Easy’

Bible reading is a transformative experience. So let’s keep encouraging people to get into the Bible. But let’s make sure they know how difficult, demanding, and extraordinarily rewarding it will be.

4 Problems with Downplaying God’s Wrath

The doctrine of divine wrath is an integral piece of the gospel message, and therefore, moving away from it will inevitably have far-reaching consequences for the church’s faith and life.

An Incredible Invitation From the Creator of the Universe

Really? God wants me to be asking him for things all the time? He’s not too busy running the universe to hear my petty requests? I mean, I’m dust. Does he really want me to keep coming to him all the time with my needs and desires?

When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense

At the time of the Roe v. Wade decision, I was a college student — an anti-war, mother-earth, feminist, hippie college student. That particular January I was taking a semester off, living in the D.C. area and volunteering at the feminist “underground newspaper” Off Our Backs. As you’d guess, I was strongly in favor of legalizing abortion…