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Church spies, know your atheists, and a new track from Dustin Kensrue: Resurgence roundup, 8/16/13

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Sail through the flood of information with our weekly Resurgence Roundups. Each Friday, we will share a list of articles across ministry tribes that our team has found helpful, with the hope of serving you well.

Good news and good deeds,” by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Ligonier Ministries

What did the writer of Hebrews have in mind when he said, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Heb. 10:24)? Elyse Fitzpatrick explores the meaning of this text, why we should avoid providing a task list of suggested good deeds, and how we can best go about encouraging those in our life who are in Christ to do good works.

What the ‘six types of atheists’ mean for Christian outreach,” by George Yancey

Christianity Today

The call to love our neighbors is a call for us to shatter all of our assumptions and to immerse ourselves in their lives—especially for those who identify themselves as atheists. “To be faithful to Christ,” explains George, “we have to continue to reach out to these people, who may see no need to accept us or our ideology, whether merely to affirm their humanity or to provide a culturally relevant witness that can lead them to Christ.”

Eight confessions of church spies,” by Chuck Lawless

Thom S. Rainer

Chuck Lawless’ church consulting company has sent covert guests to churches they’ve been working with for years. They do this as a part of their work to help them evaluate how these churches respond to guests. Of his findings, Chuck says, “What concerns me is the number of churches who have not yet recognized that these findings characterize them, too.”

When you pray with your children, you are teaching your children to pray,” by Tim Challies

How we pray models to our children—as well as to those in our life with whom we pray—how to pray. Reflecting upon a recent experience, Tim Challies said, “If that prayer was a teaching opportunity, it was one I mishandled and one I regret.

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It’s not enough,” by Dustin Kensrue

Dustin Kensrue, worship pastor of Mars Hill Bellevue and former front man for Thrice, is releasing a solo album, The Water and the Blood, on October 1st. Be sure to stream the first track, “It’s Not Enough," below.

 


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