Worthwhile: June 7, 2019
Did you know that today is national donut day? Go get one!
Travel last week and summer in swing this week. There are still a few worthwhile bits of the internet for you to check out.
Post-Christian cities, praying for your food and graduating with gratitude.
Barna has released its look at the most "post-Christian" cities in the U.S. As Barna says:
To qualify as “post-Christian,” individuals must meet nine or more of our 16 criteria (listed below), which identify a lack of Christian identity, belief and practice. These factors include whether individuals identify as atheist, have never made a commitment to Jesus, have not attended church in the last year or have not read the Bible in the last week.
What is surprising is not that there are post-Christian cities ranking with 45% or higher, but where they are. San Diego is ranked 38th most post-Christian but my hometown of Omaha jumps off the list at 34. The town I did grad school, Toledo, OH is 35...
Check the list and see where your city ranks. Then get to work and tell someone about Jesus!
Also funny to me last week the remark from someone that because a comedian told them they didn't need to say grace before a meal, they discontinued the practice. Ha.
First, if a comedian is your life coach or source of Christian teaching, go to church (and I realize most pastors try to be comedians). Next, praying before meals, or other adventures for that matter, are about expressing gratitude to God for his gifts, his provision in our lives. If anything we should be praying more, not less.
Jeremy Writebol gives us a good model, "Prayer at the regular intervals of normal, ordinary life fuel our dependence on God."
"Praying at a meal is a part of pursuing Jesus in all of life. When eating a meal, give thanks for it. The pattern to implement is this: First, pause before the meal. Second, pray aloud, expressing gratitude for God's provision of the food. Third, if so desired or needed at the moment, express others’ petitions. Then, eat."
Read the rest here and get to praying... and eating.
And finally, it is graduation season. Don't let it get you down. While seasons of transition can at times leave us grieving we can look forward with hope and thankfulness. In fact it is good to grieve, the right way.
That's it faithful friends. Have a great weekend. I will be preaching a wedding and partying with the best of them. Onward with grace and peace.