Links on Theology, Life, and Culture to encourage us to be — and to make — disciples.

Elijah and Despair
As Pastor Jeff mentioned yesterday, even Elijah despaired. “Saints: They’re Just Like Us” reminds us that the object of faith is the key. “The Bible is honest about the limitations and flaws of its celebrities. There’s nothing special about them. They’re ordinary—just like us. Yet they do extraordinary things because they look to an extraordinary God.”

A Small Tool to Salvage Your Sanctification While in Self-Quarantine
Need suggestions to jumpstart (or to add some variety to) your spiritual growth now that we are seven weeks into flattening / crushing the curve? These ‘mini-habits‘ can help.

No Plague Near Your Tent: Reading Psalm 91 during a Global Pandemic
“Surely he will save you … from the deadly pestilence” (Psalm 91:3). Does Psalm 91 make promises that are not being fulfilled? This brief article delves into the context and points us to Jesus quoting this Psalm as we “dwell in the shelter of the Most High.”

6 Questions about Christ’s Heart for Sinners
Theological and practical wisdom in a brief Question and Answer format, including: “‘I know what Christ did with my sin on the cross, but what is Christ doing with my sin now?’ and ‘Is God mad at me for my sin?’”

May the 4th Be With You
With “Star Wars Day”, there are “5 Ways to Celebrate Star Wars at Home” and even room for satire: “Pastor Finally Finds Excuse To Brandish Lightsaber During Sermon.” With the collective passion of the masses, one secular writer notes: “Star Wars Is Becoming a Religion” with its quest to decide a calendar day (May 4th because of the pun or May 25: film premier?). While the Council of Nicea (referenced in the article) may have *some* parallels from determining the best date to celebrate Easter (a fuller explanation here), there’s a more urgent question for us (and them): “Did the Council of Nicea Invent the Deity of Christ?

Previous TLC Todays can be read here.

Kyle Meeker
Theological and Leadership Development Pastor