The Sunday Reader: Vol. 1 | #30

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Be a Missionary, Not a Marketer

Christ taught his disciples to “go” into the world. This article leads you to ask whether churches are becoming overly dependent on passive, impersonal, or shallow methods of attracting outsiders to worship. In effect, saying, “come to us.”

Orphans in Mediterranean antiquity and Early Christianity

This scholarly article sheds historical light on James' call to practice “true religion.” It will give you a better sense of the challenged which early Christians confronted with costly compassion.

The Gospel and Solitude

Over at Ligonier, Donald Whitney meditates on the benefits of setting aside time to be alone with the Lord.

Should Christians Boycott Abusive Companies?

The short answer is that it's not black and white. But Clint Archer ventures to offer a longer response.

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

Rev. Michael Spotts

Pastor Michael has been involved in ministry for over ten years. Before his ordination at Phoenix URC, he participated in foreign missions (Australia, Russia). He holds an Assoc. in Biblical Studies (2004) and an M.Div (WSCAL, 2016). 

Prior to ministry, he owned a commercial photography business for ten years. He still enjoys shooting landscape photos.