Three weekend reads, currated from the world wide web to enrich your soul and equip you for mission.

1. A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches (from Campbell Robertson)

In the last couple of decades, there had been signs, however modest, that eleven o’clock on Sunday morning might cease to be the most segregated hour in America. “Racial reconciliation” was the talk of conferences and the subject of formal resolutions. Large Christian ministries were dedicated to the aim of integration, and many black Christians decided to join white-majority congregations. Some went as missionaries, called by God to integrate. Others were simply drawn to a different worship style — short, conveniently timed services that emphasized a personal connection to God.

The fruits could be seen if you looked in the right places…In 2012, according to a report from the National Congregation Study, more than two-thirds of those attending white-majority churches were worshiping alongside at least some black congregants, a notable increase since a similar survey in 1998. This was more likely to be the case in evangelical churches than in mainline Protestant churches, and more likely in larger ones than in smaller ones.

Then came the 2016 election…

Read the rest: here.


2. You Can Win the War Against Sin: Three Promises for Today’s Temptation (from Scott Hubbard)

If you’re a Christian, you know war. War with your pride, war with your lust, war with your anger. War at home, war at work, war when you’re alone. War in your head, war in your heart, war in your mouth.

Kill one enemy, and another takes its place. Fight your way up one hill, and ten more rise up behind it. Let up your vigilance for one hour, and you’ve lost ground. Day after day, week after week, month after month, with no end in sight.

Perhaps in the pitch of battle, when the enemies inside you feel unrelenting, you’ve wondered, “Is this normal? Is this really the Christian life — this endless trudging, this constant watchfulness, this ruthless denial of so much within me?”

In these moments, Christ our commander comes alongside us with three reminders: the war is normal, the war is winnable, and the war will end.

Read the rest: here.


3. I Still Seek to Win Him: Letter to a Woman Married to an Unbeliever (from Sheila Dougal)

I know what it’s like to wake up on Sunday morning to get ready for church knowing my husband is staying home, and I’m taking my two teenage sons to church alone. I know what it’s like to listen to a sermon on marriage and feel like half of it doesn’t apply, because my husband isn’t a believer and doesn’t consider what it means to love his wife like Christ loved the church. I know what it feels like to pray and sing and cry in the bathroom with the fan on, because if I did it in the open, he might mock me. I know the constant tension of trying to please an unbelieving husband and Christ.

Read the rest: here.

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