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

1. Everyone You Meet Will Live Forever: Evangelism in an Age of Unbelief (from Matt Chandler)

I’m not suggesting that biblical hospitality is the silver bullet for making evangelism work in the twenty-first century (news flash: there’s no silver bullet). But might it not be — in our cynical, polarizing, critical, dumpster-fire culture — that a warm dose of welcoming hospitality will take some folks by surprise and open up the door for opportunities to make disciples of Jesus Christ?

The God of the universe is serious about hospitality. Hospitality can create an entry point for living out the Great Commission and evangelizing our neighbors — especially in the age of unbelief when most think the church is about something completely different. Yet we still have to ask, How do we show hospitality today? It’s not complicated — though that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Read the rest: here.


2. Children Need a Crisis of Faith: Seven Lesson from Parenting Through Doubt (from Jon Bloom)

Recently, my wife was sharing with one of our adult children some of the spiritual wrestlings and questions of their younger siblings. Our adult child replied, “That’s where it all begins.”

This was the wise reply of one whose wisdom was hard won. They spoke from experience, having endured difficult and sometimes dark seasons of profound spiritual struggles during their own adolescence. And they discovered in these seasons what nearly all saints discover sooner or later: the Light of the world shines brightest in the darkness — in our own darkness (John 1:5). Coming to really see, savor, treasure, and trust Jesus Christ almost always begins in a crisis.

Read the rest: here.


3. The Scandal of Sheer Grace (from Trevin Wax)

We’re all criminals, and we’re all on one side of the cross or the other from Jesus. Either we’re like the criminal who mocks the Savior and trusts in himself, or we’re like the criminal who whispers: “I deserve this fate. Remember me, Lord, in your kingdom.”

Read the rest: here.

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