The Weekly Nerd – December 6th, 2017

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My Weekly Favorite:

Cookie-Cutter Methods Make Half-Baked Disciples – This addresses something I’ve never thought of before – the problem of trying to replicate the same thing in every small group. You can’t. It’s not possible. Five pastors cannot preach the exact same sermon, word-for-word, because the churches and their demographics differentiate, and that is the same thing with small groups. Church’s should keep it simple and always have the goal of making disciples.

Number of American Children in Foster Care Increases for 4th Consecutive Year – Becoming a foster parent or somehow supporting foster parents is one very tangible way to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Both are greatly needed given the rising numbers of children coming into the systme.

Letters To A Would-Be Adulterer – I believe I have previously linked to other articles in this series, however at the time I didn’t know it was a series! These are some great reads, and very convicting! Great reads!

Five Reasons for Considering the 1689 Confession of Faith – This is a great article put out by the Founders Ministry making a strong case for use of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. “Consider the 1689. The theology found therein, systematized from the Bible, has great and helpful implications for biblical counseling, and we will explore some of these in a few posts to come.”

Don’t Buy Anyone an Echo – THIS. This is exactly why I don’t have an Amazon Echo. While it sounds slightly conspiracy-theorist, it’s valid. Check out this article about a young boy who got arrested after Amazon’s Alexa recorded his voice while he broke into a house.

Sexual Assault and the Scandal of Repentance – “True repentance over sin is more than remorse over consequences. It is a change wrought in the depths of one’s heart. Sexual offenders no longer dismiss or downplay their actions. No longer do they blame the victims, retreat into defensiveness, or seek to discredit the men and women who come forward. The church calls the offender to agree in naming the evil deed and refusing to make any excuses for it.”

Six Stages of a Dying Church – This is a short read, however, “It’s not pleasant but if we don’t talk about dying churches, we will act like there are no problems.” I know of some churches going down this spiral, and there are many more, I’m sure. It’s something that must be talked about and addressed, even if you don’t want to.