Need some Weekly Wisdom?  Here are my favorite resources of the week.

VERSE OF THE WEEK

For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel [Ezra 7:10].

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Sing! has grown from Keith and Kristyn Getty’s passion for congregational singing; it’s been formed by their traveling and playing and listening and discussing and learning and teaching all over the world.

And in writing it, they have five key aims:

  • to discover why we sing and the overwhelming joy and holy privilege that comes with singing
  • to consider how singing impacts our hearts and minds and all of our lives
  • to cultivate a culture of family singing in our daily home life
  • to equip our churches for wholeheartedly singing to the Lord and one another as an expression of unity
  • to inspire us to see congregational singing as a radical witness to the world

They have also added a few “bonus tracks” at the end with some more practical suggestions for different groups who are more deeply involved with church singing.

God intends for this compelling vision of His people singing—a people joyfully joining together in song with brothers and sisters around the world and around his heavenly throne—to include you. He wants you,he wants us, to sing.

PODCAST OF THE WEEK

Altar Calls, the Perfect Pastoral Work Week, and Other Listener Questions by Rainer on Leadership

We get a lot of questions here at Rainer on Leadership. Today, we take some time to talk about vacations with church members, altar calls, and the perfect pastoral work week.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

It is true indeed, parents seldom forget to provide for their children’s bodies (though, it is to be feared, some men are so far sunk beneath the beasts that perish as to neglect even that), but then how often do they forget, or rather, when do they remember, to secure the salvation of their immortal souls?  -George Whitefield

SONG OF THE WEEK

Love this modern hymn.  “God the Uncreated One” is a great one to use in your church!

POST OF THE WEEK

Why We Can’t Unhitch from the Old Testament by Michael Kruger

Stanley is partly right. People don’t have to believe the Bible to be saved (at least not all of it). Indeed, they don’t even need to know a Bible exists to be saved (imagine a missionary preaching to a tribe in the remote jungle). But Stanley leaves out (or doesn’t himself realize) a key distinction: While a person doesn’t have to believe the Bible is true to be saved, the Bible has to be true for them to be saved.

TIP OF THE WEEK

RESEARCH which important verses you need to memorize first.  Establish fighter verses for the weak areas of temptation for you.  Strengthen abstract verses you kinda know.  Include pivotal verses that you need to have prepared as a maturing Christian.  Make your prioritized list to begin.

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.