We’re big fans of BRBC Family Camp at Covenant. Check out the new website I made for this year. Registration is now open!

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a values-based definition of minimalism

Caleb Miller on expressing uncertainty in the pulpit:

A consistent practice of avoidance, or refusal to admit concerns publicly, especially from the pulpit, gives the impression in the long run that doubt and uncertainty are things to be shamed and ignored, perhaps even feared, rather than patiently and pastorally addressed out in the open. If doubt itself becomes something to be feared, it becomes nearly impossible to tackle a problem authentically. On the other hand, a consistent practice of acknowledging any and all uncertainties, rehearsing each and every last unknown, especially from the pulpit, can lead to its own crippling disaster. If doubt is something idealized and venerated, a near-weekly occurrence and constant refrain demonstrating “authenticity,” telling our congregation so regularly that we actually nurse private doubts about the reliability of the biblical testimony, they will invariably begin to follow our lead. They will begin to lose confidence in the Scriptures, in us, or both.

Good observations. The core problem is that both of these approaches undermine the gospel. I look forward to reading more of his thoughts in forthcoming articles.

Apparently, Morning Doves have color matching skills.

Love this video of a couple #tucson burritos head home.

I’m sharing with you the best advice I’ve received on how to revise your writing. Check it out.

“If you see yourself as a ‘little sinner’ you will inevitably see Jesus as a ‘little Savior’.” — Martin Luther

candy canes from this year’s Winterhaven Festival of Lights #tucson

Finished reading: Is Hell For Real? by Erik Raymond. Short, sensitive, biblical, and clear. It is a perfect introduction to this sober topic. Thanks @erikraymond. 📚

Non-parent mentors matter. And the upcoming school break is a good time to invest in a teen you know. So send a text and schedule something today.

Currently reading and loving: Reformed Preaching by Joel Beeke 📚

Finished reading: The Unfolding Word by Zach Keele 📚 Watch for a coming review.

An important link (#2) in my better leading, better meeting blogchain was missing. It’s fixed, so now you get more reading recs.

common curse or common grace?

I’m enjoying the new Paleo Protestant Pudcast by @oldlife this week. Check it out. anchor.fm/darryl-ha…

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🎵 Consider Abraham

Takeaways from George P. Shultz on trust 13 page PDF:

  • take the jobs you can do well, then do them
  • keep standards high
  • no empty threats
  • care about the people you serve
  • build trust, then inspire
  • set good missions and equip to win
  • speak with authority on moral issues