5 for Friday (November 26, 2021)
Why are Christians called to kindness? Which credit card rewards are truly valuable? And what does "Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread" mean?
These questions and more are answered in this week's 5 for Friday.
1. Kindness in a World Gone Mad by David Mathis. Real kindness is not free; it is costly and impossible to do on our own. Naturally, we respond to mean with mean. But Christians are called to respond not in kind but in kindness. The kindness of Christ toward us is the only thing that will melt our hard heart and grow the same kindness in us.
2. To Reinvent Work, We have to Destroy the Clock by Mark Dent. Mark Dent promotes the Results Only Work Environment (ROWE). Rather than basing salary and success on a set number of hours in the office, some companies are giving employees complete control over their schedule. Employee autonomy and accountability are central. Studies have shown ROWE to increase productivity and decrease turnover.
3. Credit Card Rewards That Aren’t as Valuable as You Think by Ben Luthi. Choosing a credit card these days means comparing what rewards each has to offer. But not all rewards have the value they seem to promise. Ben Luthi walks through 6 different kinds of rewards, discussing why they sound good, but why, in the end, they aren’t as valuable as you think.
4. Pastor, Don’t Avoid Uncomfortable Topics by Brett McCracken. Paul told the Ephesian elders, “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts. 20:27), implying some things might be tempting to shrink away from. But Pastor, your people need it, and they want it. Greed and materialism, sexuality, gender, race, and much more, are things we need to hear about from God’s word.
5. What Does “Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread” Mean? By R.C. Sproul. Jesus modeled prayer for his disciples—and us—in asking the Father for the day’s bread. God provided bread for Israel in the desert after their exodus from Egypt. And He provides “bread”—our needs—today too. Praying specifically for our needs allows us to see God’s specific provision in our lives.