five on Friday

“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy burdened,” He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love.” From Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel.

1 Simon Parke’s angle on wisdom. And how we think about opposition. 
2 Doing missions when dying is gain. John Piper at his best.
3 Developing Discipleship, CofE revised thinking being launched at Synod.
4 Patterns and qualities to falling in love. Captured well here.
5 Paul Tripp’s really great nine-pointer on exegeting people.

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