Martin Luther, Pastoral Counseling, and Mental Illness
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Luther!

Counseling and Controversy
Dr. Heath Lambert is addressing recent controversy in the biblical counseling world in a Facebook Live session tonight at 8pm ET.

The Pastoral Duty of Letting People Down
“When a pastor chooses to thoroughly ignore the buzzing in his pocket and instead remain present at dinner with his wife and kids, he confesses his non-omnipresence. When he says, “I don’t know” to the person asking the question that outstrips his knowledge, he confesses his non-omniscience. When he closes his books at the end of the day and goes home to eat and rest, he confesses his non-omnipotence. He confesses his earthiness, his dust-origins, his weak frame—all the things, in other words, that God will clothe with power from on high (2 Cor. 12:9).”

Four Stupid Things Pastors Do That Ruin Their Ministry
The four dangers are: (1) Flirting dangerously with sexual boundaries; (2) Plagiarism; (3) Financial stupidity; (4) Social media madness.

Everyone needs a little Grace in their lives: Clinging to the Crutch
“Sixteen years ago, I went through a season of Anxiety.  And I say it with a capital A, because there’s no other good word to describe it.  You can say, I’m anxious about that interview.  I’m anxious about the bills.  But that’s nothing compared to Anxiety.  It’s like equating “feeling down” with Depression.  You just can’t compare the two.  Anxiety is all-encompassing, life-consuming, soul-sucking. That was sixteen years ago, and after two years I had victory.  Then it entered my life again a few months ago, and has sought to control me these last weeks. ”

The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
Another positive review of an excellent book on how to manage your family’s use of digital technology.

Four Suggestions for Reading the Minor Prophets
“The next time your Bible reading plan takes you to the Minor Prophets, apply these four suggestions.”

Kindle Books

Preaching for God’s Glory by Alistair Begg $1.99.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp $3.59.

Jonah: Navigating a God-centered Life by Colin S. Smith.