Thursday, May 5, 2011

What we're reading

"Most [church] members don't build their lives around encouraging one another in the faith. They show up for an hour or two on Sunday, and then they go home. They don't reorient their weekly schedules and budgets around discipleship, evangelism, hospitality, or caring for others."
—Jonathan Leeman, Reverberation

"God uses [bad and even evil things] for the good of those who love him, and that good is that we become more like Jesus. This isn't a letdown. We shouldn't be disappointed that the promise of good things turns out to be conformity to Christ . . . The secret of gospel change is being convinced that Jesus is the good life and the fountain of all joy. Any alternative we might choose would be the letdown."
—Tim Chester, You Can Change

"Effective parents equip their children to overcome the world—not by changing and controlling their environment (things external to their children), but by going after their children's hearts. We change their hearts by teaching the gospel, modeling the gospel, and centering our homes around the gospel. The gospel, rightly understood and modeled, makes Christianity attractive. Effective parents make the gospel so attractive that the world cannot get a foothold in their children's hearts."
—William P. Farley, Gospel-Powered Parenting

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