Coffee Break (August 25)

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Millennial Motherhood

Abigail Dodds hit the nail on the head with this article. I always love her clear and poignant writing. In this one, she discusses some traps millennial moms are prone to fall into. Here’s what she says about our feelings, “Millennial moms could easily be the feeliest moms to date… Our children need more than a mom who empathizes and feels with them. They need more than a mom who gets down to their level to convey solidarity and trust — which we tend to be good at. They need to know they have a mom who, because she knows the whole story of God’s word, sees through them, beyond them, above them, and answers to someone other than them.”

Remember That Stupid Thing You Said?

This article from Tim Challies is convicting. Be sure to read it in its entirety. “We are too free with our words. We often say more than we ought to say. “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent” (Proverbs 10:19). But we do not restrain our lips and, therefore, we are not lacking in sin. We are imprudent, and idle words come pouring out.”

Speaking a Broken Christianese

This article from Michelle Lesley has us looking closely at some of the ways we misspeak as Christians. She lays out some sloppy words and phrases we use, and then gives tips on how to make our language more God exulting and more theologically accurate. This is helpful.

Gullible, Intolerant, and Superstitious

In light of my current study of superstitions, I found this article, shared by Christian Research Network, quite fascinating. “Human beings are hard-wired to search for meaning and purpose. As we conduct that search, will our nation and culture continue to value and respect the faith that grants hope of redemption, patience through present suffering, and a means to discern between good and evil? Or will it continue to shun the way, the truth, and the life in favor of a grab-bag of ghosts, UFOs, and wishful thoughts? The choice isn’t between reason and religion. It’s all too often between religion and superstition. Post-Christian America will be a less rational place.”

For the Car Ride

For the Church Podcast, Episode 012: Jen Wilkin “In episode 12 of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and author and teacher Jen Wilkin discuss the dynamics of community groups, discerning a teaching gift, why the prosperity gospel sells, the differences between men’s and women’s ‘learning styles,’ and why women’s ministries are often so cheesy.” (37 minutes)

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Jessica Pickowicz

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Jessica is the founder and lead writer of Beautiful Thing. She is wife to pastor/ church-planter Nate Pickowicz, and mama of two.