This week’s fav tweet was actually retweeted by @robbieseay. I hadn’t heard about Matthew Smith (who is doing some great work in putting new music to old hymns) until this tweet. I hadn’t heard of Thomas McKenzie either (who is an Anglican pastor). But this tweet is pure gold:
So much of the season of Advent centers around looking forward to the coming of the Christ child. I’ve been following Jesus for 15 years, and celebrating His birth doesn’t get old. But some of the traditions start to seem tired. I have a longing for a longing. And this captures it all. It reminds me of the next coming. The advent that isn’t conjuring up a distant memory of an event that I didn’t have a part in.
I’m looking forward to the coming of Jesus. Because He came. And because He is coming.
Light in my darkness, lighten my darkness.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a FavTweetTuesday, but I’ve been favoriting tweets like the best of them anyway. This one goes back to the beginning of November, but it’s a good one.
I love TWLOHA. Ever since they posted their story back in 2006 on myspace, I’ve been challenged to become creative with the way that I am good news to people that live bad news. In an indirect way, Jamie Tworkowski and the whole team at TWLOHA has impacted tons of people. Their encouragement and reminders always elevate the value of people in my life when work tries to win out as the most valuable thing. Work is valuable. But only for the purpose of relationship. People matter. And people need other people. That’s what’s up.
Faith Train Sermon at MOTUS
Dan Kimball has been an inspiration to me for most of my adult life. I discovered his book Emerging Worship during my senior year of college and have payed attention to his church and his life ever since. He works hard at knowing who he is and what his leadership is doing. And he shares very high quality content. This particular video that he shared was of one of his friends, whom I am now following on Twitter.
John Mark says some stuff that makes me laugh about believering and followering. But his point about what a disciple is and how that changes who we are and what we do is gold. Watch it for yourself and take responsibility for the work of God in your life.
I started following Noah after watching a youtube video that he did with Tim Ferris (of 4-Hour fame). Noah is noticeably to the point, entertaining, not afraid of failure, and more importantly, not afraid of success. Check out his tweet this week:
This is a problem. It’s a big problem. Since I work in the non-profit world, I see it even clearer. There are a lot of small businesses that don’t think a ton about this because they have to be self-invested. I think the problem for me comes when you’re passionately connected to a cause or an organization but your wallet isn’t. I write checks every month to The Axiom (non-profit youth center that I direct) and my church. And I don’t just do it because I want to tithe and do the right thing. I’m bought in. I make sure that there is room in my budget so that I can support the organizations I’m involved with. There was a time where I was really excited about and donating to things like Invisible Children, The Mentoring Project, Charity: Water, To Write Love On Her Arms, Call + Response, Kiva, and others. But when it comes down to it, where are you actually invested emotionally and passionately? I hope that your goal is to write the biggest checks every month to those organizations that you are the most passionate about.
Every Tuesday I like to post why I favorited one of the tweets that got starred by me this week. This week, one of my fav’s was from Paul David Tripp.
I saw this on Sunday morning, and it was a great reminder. I hear people say things about church, like they don’t need it or like it or find it helpful, and it makes me think of this tweet. There are few experiences like corporate worship. It decimates our delusions about ourselves. It leads us to rest in Him. It lead us to celebrate the righteousness of Christ. There is nothing better. Without it, we become very self-centered, as if all of this exists for us, rather than us for Him. It reminds us that there is a throne and we are not on it.