A Better To-do List, Lies About Singleness, & 101 Ways to Share the Gospel

Wisdom for Your Weekend is your regular installment of what we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web. Presented to you by Chris Pappalardo, with guidance from Pastor J.D., this is our attempt to reflect Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”

While we do not always agree with everything these authors post, we share these resources because we find them challenging and enriching. As we often say around the Summit, “Eat the fish and spit out the bones.”

Articles of the Week

Attention Is the Beginning of Devotion, Franklin Foer. “The late poet Mary Oliver warned against looking without noticing. In an age of distraction, her work is more urgent than ever.”

A Better To-do List: The 1-3-5 Rule, The Muse Editor. If you’re completely green to prioritizing your to-do list, this is an awesome start. If you’re a productivity addict, you may try adapting this to your current approach. But the core idea here is gold, regardless.

Comparing Pastoral Ethics and Counseling Ethics, Brad Hambrick. This is a helpful distinction that many pastors haven’t thought about. While Christian counselors and pastors both begin with the Bible as their foundation, they approach their ministries with different objectives and questions. The more they recognize their respective spheres, the more they can be co-laborers (rather than rivals).

Four Popular Lies About Singleness, Elizabeth Woodson. When compared to Christ and his church, both marriage and singleness are light and momentary realities. This world is passing away, and with it, biological families. But the family of God will endure forever. If we remind ourselves of this truth, we can avoid the persistent lies about singleness that Woodson mentions here.

101 Small Ways to Share the Gospel, Brady Cook. Not all of these are created equal. But if you’re looking for some creative new ways to share your faith, here’s a helpful jumpstart for you. Consider this more of a buffet than a five-course meal: Pick what works for you and leave the rest.

On the Lighter Side

Red Apron! The Fast Food Delivery Service Disguised as Meal Prep, John Crist. Finally, look healthy and trendy on the outside, yet still be a lazy slob on the inside.