The Top Ten Surprises New Pastors Have |
Hopefully this will result in fewer surprises.

No Time for Widows? | Biblical Counseling Coalition
“Many people are uncomfortable around the bereaved, particularly if they have not experienced the death of a close family member or friend. Below I’ve listed just a few examples of things to say and not say to a widow.  If you are unsure of what to say, it is best to say only ‘I’m sorry.’ Gentle hugs often speak more eloquently than words.”

6 Ways to Teach Your Kids the Bible | Jon Nielson, TGC
“I’m a father of three young kids. I can’t think of many things more important for them than regular exposure to the living Word of God. If you’re a Christian parent of young children, I assume you share the same conviction: Your kids need to hear from God, and you long for them to listen carefully to his good Word. But it’s hard. Life is busy, kids are lively, and reading the Bible often struggles to compete with the Disney channel, Legos, and the newest phone app. Here are six tips my wife and I have found helpful in our rhythm of Bible reading with our young kids (currently 6, 5, and 3).”

Higher Calling, Lower Wages: The Vanishing of the Middle-Class Clergy | David R. Wheeler, The Atlantic
“As full-time pastors become a thing of the past, more and more seminary grads are taking on secular jobs to supplement their incomes. ”

An Open Letter to the Person Caring for a Loved One with Dementia | John Dunlop, Crossway
“Taking responsibility for the care of a person suffering from any stage of dementia can be one of the greatest challenges of life. But there are not only challenges. There are also opportunities; opportunities to serve unselfishly in the way our Lord serves us, opportunities for personal growth, and opportunities for God to be glorified. ”

6 Steps to Setting Technology Boundaries in Your Home
“Technology exposes our idolatry. Combating the misuse or overuse of technology is important, but parents must always remember that a child’s behavior is nothing more than a reflection of his or her heart. And just like yours, those hearts are full of idols. But as you work toward these deeper issues, setting up appropriate boundaries can be very helpful. Here are some helpful ways to do just that:”

Building a Theological Library, Part 3: Tips on Building a Digital Library | Jeff Straub, Credo Magazine
“We live in exciting times. At no point in human history has it been easier to collect and maintain a ministerial library if one chooses the route of digital books. ”

Why is Cremation on the Rise? | Alex Chediak, The Stream
“For Christians, this raises the question: Is it really a neutral choice between whether to be buried or burned? If so, it’s easy to opt for convenience. But there’s a long tradition among Christians that a burial is much better.”

7 Insights From J.D. Vance And Co. About What’s Ripping Families Apart | Josh Shepherd, The Federalist
“On Thursday, with an auditorium packed to hear best-selling “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance, Heritage Foundation scholars unveiled the 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity, an annual compendium of charts, essays, and expert analysis tracking national social and economic changes…”

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