Excellent or Praiseworthy – August 2021

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 August. 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. Success Beyond What We Can Handle

Success can ruin Godly character. Tim Challies says he has seen “far more people ruined by success than by failure.” Perhaps we should follow the advice of this article.

2. The Dearest Place on Earth

It’s easy to find people who bemoan the local church. What’s not always “in the news,” however, is the many ways God is redeeming lives through the work of His bride.

3. In the Pursuit of Reach

“A new term has crept into our vocabulary, reach, and on one hand I get the value of it, yet with the other I still carry some caution. If we’re not careful, we are at risk of buying into the delusion that we are the pastors of the faceless.”

4. Rescue One Another

When it’s functioning like it should, the church can be a safe place for people struggling with lust and same-sex attraction.

5. The World Is Catechizing Us Whether We Realize It or Not

Kevin DeYoung claims, “The world is already busy promoting its catechism. The only question is whether we will get busy promoting ours.”

6. What Mask and Vaccine Mandates Mean for Religious Liberty

We shouldn’t confuse religious liberty with political ideology. Russell Moore says, “once we define religious liberty as our right to carry out our political opinions regardless of how they affect public health or safety, we have defined religious liberty right out of its meaning.”

7. 4 Ways to Serve Your Suffering Pastor

Kirsten Black provides four practical ways a person can serve their suffering pastor.

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