five on Friday

“To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss. The great symbol of Christianity means sacrifice and no one who calls himself a Christian can evade this stark fact.” Elisabeth Elliot

1 Ron Edmondson on the myth of being a pastor.
2 Brene Brown and beautiful animation here via the RSA, regarding empathy.
3 Ten reasons that abusive church environments still prosper….
4 Steve Holmes on being unapologetically charismatic.
5 Kate Patterson on commitment and faithfulness.