My 5 for Friday (November 23, 2018)

How does the marketplace provide opportunity for mission? What are some advantages of renting? And how can you overcome holiday comparison?

All these questions and more are answered in this week’s My 5 for Friday.

  1. Front Door Generosity by Todd McMichen. We talk a lot about wanting to create a generous culture in our churches, and an important part of that culture is how we show generosity to new guests. Todd McMichen says that “If we do not have generosity at the front door we will likely never experience it with other resources.” This is important.
  2. The Advantages of Renting by Brooke Fitch. Is it true that you’re throwing your money away if you decide to rent? Here, Brooke Fitch shows how renting can oftentimes bring its own advantages over homeownership and, in some cases, is actually the better decision. Check out this post to see what some advantages renting can bring.
  3. How Your Family Can Take Back Christmas by Joe Plemon. The reality is that many of our holiday traditions are tied to shopping and gift-giving. Does it have to be that way, though? Here, Joe Plemon offers some alternative ways your family can celebrate Christmas and establish new traditions — that won’t break the bank.
  4. Ask Chuck: Overcoming Holiday Comparison by Chuck Bentley. It’s important as we move into the Christmas season to be aware of our own bent towards materialism and the desire to keep up with everyone else. In this article, Chuck Bentley offers some helpful questions to ask yourself before making a purchase and how to “guard your heart” in the midst of the holiday season.
  5. How To Be Missional in the Marketplace this Holiday Season by Aaron Wilson. It’s true that the pull towards consumerism seems even greater during the Christmas season, but does that mean we should avoid it all together? Aaron Wilson suggests that this season gives you an opportunity to “minister to your community in the public square of the modern marketplace.” Keep reading for suggestions on what that could look like.

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