W4YW: Romans Set to Music, Our Culture of Lying, & Leading the Willful

Posted by Pastor J.D. on April 10, 2015

Your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.

Video of the Week

“My Generation Will End Abortion,” Texas Alliance for Life. An informative history of the pro-life cause since 1973. And a powerful vow that I pray will come true.

Articles of the Week

Paul’s Letter to the Romans Set to Music, Trevin Wax. This is simply one of the coolest ideas I (Chris) have ever heard of. And frankly, I’m a bit surprised it’s taken this long for something like this to get off the ground. Wax interviews the folks at Psallos about their newest project, a 23-track album based on Paul’s letter to the Romans—The Romans Project. (For more, here’s a little promo video about it, and you can check out Psallos’ site here.)

10 Pointers for Untrained Preachers, Peter Mead. This is helpful for anyone in ministry, really. Formal training ain’t everything, but it still retains quite a bit of value. Mead offers some helpful reminders for those who haven’t gotten around to that seminary degree…yet.

Rolling Stone and the Culture of Lying, Russell Moore. “Rolling Stone magazine printed serious criminal accusations against a campus group, accusations the periodical now admits are completely false. Despite all of this, both the article’s author and the magazine editor will keep their jobs according to the publisher. . . . Behind this scandal is a larger point. In our society, it’s become acceptable to lie about people and ideas, as long as the crisis created is in line with a perceived social good.”

5 Tips for Leading Strong-Willed People, Ron Edmondson. If you’re leading (in ministry, family, business, or otherwise), you don’t want those you lead to be spineless drones. It’s a boon to be surrounded by people with conviction, with the courage to speak their mind and not back down. But that same “conviction” and “courage” often manifests as outright stubbornness. No need to panic: you can still lead without breaking their wills. In fact, you probably should. Here’s how.

On The Lighter Side

Jesus Paid It Some, Stephen Altrogge. A fine addition to your legalist hymnbook! (The prospects for other legalist hymns are fruitful, if any of our readers wish to supplement it. Perhaps “Be Thou My Taskmaster” or “When I Survey my Wondrous Works” …)

Wisdom For Your Weekend is presented to you by Chris Pappalardo, with occasional guidance from J.D. Greear. This is our attempt to reflect Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”

Pastor J.D.


J.D. Greear is pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, NC and author of Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (2011) and Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (2013). More

One response to W4YW: Romans Set to Music, Our Culture of Lying, & Leading the Willful

  1. Great collection especially Ron Edmonson’s article on leading strong-willed people. I think this is everyday of ministry. There are always strong-willed people in your church, and that’s a good thing to have them. Most of the time. The “picking your battles” point especially was spot on. Not everything is a battle worth fighting, but at some point, you need to pick your battles wisely.

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