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Wish I'd Said That

Updated: Aug 9


“The Bible as a whole says that you’re not who you think you are. And God is not who you think He is. And then it calls us to exchange the story we’ve been telling ourselves with God’s version of our story.” Jonathan Leeman, Reverberation


Articles

Megan Hill has released a new book entitled, A Place to Belong: Learning to Love the Local Church. Over at Desiring God, she gives a small taste of something our appetites have recently learned to crave with greater hunger. “It’s our highest privilege to gather with the people of God before the face of God.” I’m sure her new book will be worthy of a shout out on one of our next Doctrine to Life pages. Maybe by then we will all be together.

Books

I love books on leadership. I thought everyone did! But I don’t find many women reading books written to men in the business world. May I suggest making that a new habit? There is much wisdom to glean from understanding both the Scriptures and society (when they get it right) regarding what good leaders look like and what they do (and what they don’t do)

Leadership and Self Deception, Getting Out of the Box is BY FAR my favorite book on leadership. The reason it is the best in my opinion is that it has Philippians 2:3-8 infused throughout. It confirms “that which is known about God is evident within man, for God made it evident to them.” Even in secular sociology.

Self-Deception “blinds us to the true causes of problems, and once we’re blind, all the ‘solutions’ we can think of will actually make matters worse. Whether at work or at home, self-deception obscures the truth about ourselves, corrupts our view of others and our circumstances, and inhibits our ability to make wise and helpful decisions.” That’s some real truth, there; isn’t it?

The book is written in a narrative format. The story helps the reader easily understand the problem as well as what it looks like in real life. This is one book where both the sociology and the solution match Scriptures goals too. I highly recommend it as a counseling resource.

Podcast

Ya’ll. Chris Moles just keeps getting wiser. I am in awe of how helpful he is to the church in his roles as pastor, counselor, and trained group facilitator in domestic violence intervention and prevention. Every time I listen to Chris I learn something new. And then team Chris up with Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher and you’ve got one powerful lineup.

Listen to Elyse, Eric, and Chris talk about domestic abuse and the response in the church on the Worthy Podcast here.

Hym.nol.ogy

“How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” is a new-ish hymn, written by British singer and composer Stuart Townend. You may recognize his name as one of the author’s behind the popular Getty’s song, “In Christ Alone.” Stuart wrote this particular song with the intention of illustrating what it meant to the Father to give up His son. Click here to listen to the interview.

Singing hymns is like repeating God’s own doctrines back to Him. Listen on the this link as each phrase of this powerful hymn is substantiated by God’s own words.



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