Reagan’s Roundup (2/28)

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Welcome to Reagan’s Roundup, where every Friday I share links to things from around the web that I think you will find interesting or helpful in your journey to become a better steward of the life God has given you.

Things have been a bit slow around here on Redeeming Productivity, as I’ve spent the last two weeks on the road. So, today’s Roundup will be a little shorter than usual. Lord willing, we’ll be back on the regular schedule next week. Thanks for sticking with me and have a productive Friday!

Now, here are some other links from around the web:

Considerations for Choosing a Church

“Using biblical criteria over personal preference is needed for the decision. For example, style of music, fancy-ness of the kid’s ministry, and average age of the congregation should not be the deciding factors since they are not God’s essentials for the local church.”

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

“The psychological self—the notion that we are who we feel we are and that the purpose of life is inward, psychological contentment or satisfaction—renders identity a highly plastic, malleable thing, detached from any authority greater than personal conviction.”

The Smithsonian Puts 2.8 Million Images in the Public Domain

“A Charlie Parker alto sax. The original patent model for the Singer sewing machine. Around 75,000 specimens of bees. All of these live in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution, the sprawling cultural organization that comprises 19 museums, nine research centers, and one 163-acre zoo. As of this week, images of these artifacts, part of a trove of 2.8 million digital pictures and 3-D models, will be in the public domain for the first time under the Smithsonian’s new Open Access program.”

Signs of Christian Maturity

Much of what we talk about with regard to productivity as Christians is really just a function of sanctification—maturing as believers. My friend Costi Hinn offers some help in identifying the signs of growth in Christian maturity.

Four Lies That Keep Us from Prayer

When we don’t pray, we forgo fellowship with God and access to His limitless power. So, why do so many of us not pray? Scott Hubbard over on Desiring God suggests four lies that we may be tempted to believe that keep us from prayer. “If we could take the masks off these lies and look them in the face, we might just see that they can’t be trusted. Consider, then, four lies that hide behind our prayerlessness, and how the Lord Jesus exposes each of them.”

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