Excellent or Praiseworthy – December 2020

Here’s a list of articles and blog posts from around the web. Everything listed here was encouraging, helpful, or informative to me during the month of December. I hope it blesses you. Happy New Year!

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

– Philippians 4:8

1. The Beauty and Burden of Nostalgia

I appreciate Jared C. Wilson’s reminder that our ultimate hope is in the restoration of all things, not reliving or recreating the days of old. In the article, he states, “we weren’t made to dwell in the dream. The golden age is still before us.”

2. Beware Those Hasty & Severe in Judgment

I found this article appropriate considering the hyper-judgmental spirit I see within today’s church. As the article expresses, finger-pointing may be a sign that the accuser is living in secret sin.

3. Vaccines and the Christian Worldview: Principles for Christian Thinking in the Context of COVID

A vaccine for COVID-19 is here. Whether or not you plan on taking it, I think you’ll benefit from this article. In the article, Albert Mohler shares principles for thinking about the vaccination from a theological, ethical, and moral perspective.

4. On Following Mediocre Leaders

It seems like everyone has an opinion on leadership these days. One thing I rarely hear, however, is the verbiage used by Tim Challies in this recent article. When it comes to leadership, he says, “perhaps the place to begin is with admitting our own mediocrity.”

5. The Dangerous Love of Ease

We are all tempted to get cozy and avoid the dangers of living on mission. Such avoidance is especially prevalent in the West, where we are blessed with many technological and medical advantages. As Greg Morse points out, we all “need Christ and his strength to live focused on heaven, to risk reputation and fortune, and to make it clear in a land full of abundance, that we seek a better country — a heavenly one.”

6. 4 Questions for Your Bible Reading in 2021

Some of you are reading through the Bible in 2021. This article provides some great questions to help you get the most out of what you read.

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