Randy’s Weekly Reads (6/5/15)

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This has been a great week of encouraging articles. I could have listed five more, but for now, here’s my favorite “reads” from this past week:

3 Current Cultural Crises That Provide Great Opportunities for Leaders (If You Seize Them)

I thought this piece by Canadian pastor and author Carey Nieuwhof was insightful and a proper assessment of the culture and the opportunity leaders have if they seize it. I loved this statement: “The crisis in our culture isn’t a crisis of information, it’s a crisis of meaning.”

 5 Reasons Why America Remains the World’s Only Superpower

I have always been a history buff, and while this piece is not typical of what I usually highlight, I still found it incredibly informative, and a reminder to all Americans, and especially all Christians in America, of just how influential America is on the world’s stage.

 Seeing the Invisible God

I was thoroughly encouraged by this article by counselor and professor Ed Welch. He addresses a question all of us have asked at one time: Can’t I just see God, at least once? His answer is profound as he shares that God has already answered that question.

Lastly, Pastor Ray Ortlund had a great quote from scholar Francis A. Schaeffer describing what the real problem is in our culture, and life in general:

“The central problem of our age is not liberalism or modernism, nor the old Roman Catholicism or the new Roman Catholicism, nor the threat of communism, nor even the threat of rationalism and the monolithic consensus which surrounds us [nor, I would add today, postmodernism or materialistic consumerism or visceral sensualism or whatever].  All these are dangerous but not the primary threat.  The real problem is this: the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, individually or corporately, tending to do the Lord’s work in the power of the flesh rather than of the Spirit.  The central problem is always in the midst of the people of God, not in the circumstances surrounding them.”

Francis A. Schaeffer, No Little People (Wheaton, 2003), page 66.

I hope you have a great weekend!

RA

Author: Randy Allison

I am an adjunct professor and pastor, driven to understand more about faith and how to live that faith in twenty-first century America.

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