Excellent or Praiseworthy – June 2021

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

“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. Rich and Miserable — How Can It Be?

Many people spend their lives trying to get rich. Many are rich and miserable. This article discusses the importance of linking our work, whatever it may be, to the redemptive story of the Bible.

2. What If Luther Had Picked Up His Phone?

Scrolling through our devices can make us poor thinkers. As Jeff Mingee states, “Theological diamonds that result in heartfelt praise are forged in the fires of thoughtfulness.”

3. Deconstruction Stories Challenge Us to Construct Firm Churches

In recent years, many notable Christians have walked away from their faith. This article discusses why deconstruction happens and challenges us to construct churches with firm foundations.

4. Jen Hatmaker Quits “church” and Invites You to Join Her

Speaking of deconstruction, I believe this article articulates some important aspects about belonging to a church community.

5. Psalm 42 (Loudest Praise)

Shane and Shane never cease to amaze me. I love their worship, melodies, and heart for the Scriptures. Their new song has been on repeat.

6. Pastors: Why Your Local Influence is More Essential than a National Platform

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article. It promotes the importance of a local pastor. I suspect many need to read these words.

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