Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.

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Tim Kimberley on Should a Christian couple live together before getting married.

You are counseling a couple, who claim to be Christian, that are sleeping together and believe they are “married in their hearts”. They would like to become members of your church. Describe how would you handle this couple, including how you would address the issue of being “married in their hearts?”

Brian Dodd on 8 practices of great churches.

Are you looking to build an enduring church?  Are you looking for a level of ministry  success which can be sustained for a decade?  Are you looking to build something of lasting value?  Of course you do.

7 signs your church is making inroads with unchurched people.

Just because a church is growing doesn’t mean it’s filling up with unchurched people. How do you know you’re really making inroads with the unchurched?

Jon Acuff on Dear Church, 11 signs your burning out your staff.

I love the church and for the part I’ve played in these problems, I apologize. If you work at a church thanks for doing what you do. My kids, my marriage and my town need you.

Marci Preheim on Gospel centered sex.

If a couple consistently applies the implications of the gospel to the marriage bed, they will inevitably have a healthier marriage.

What does it mean to be gospel centered?

Links of the Week

  1. Scott Thomas on What it means to be missional. There is a lot of confusion about this and this is a great look at what it means to be missional.
  2. Living together vs. being married.
  3. Michael Horton on Why substitutionary atonement is crucial. Great article.

30 Day Sex Challenge: Day 27 (Singles Guide)

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Everyday, I’ll be posting the 30 day sex challenge guides, both married and singles. Here is day 27:

Living together has become a step in a relationship. In what ways does the break-up of a live-in relationship compare to divorce?

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1 – 8.

Journal your answers to these questions, any thoughts from the passage and what you are praying for.