Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Saturday Afternoon Post

A collection of stories from around the web, here from St. Cloud, on the edge of Lake Wobegon, comes the Saturday Afternoon Post.

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Reflections on Conventions.  Peggy Noonan serves up another insightful piece on the politics of our day, "The Democrats' Soft Extremism: Obama is out of ideas, and Clinton's speech was unworthy of him."  Read more...

Answering Anger.  Joe Thorn writes about how God helped him diagnose his anger, and the path to change. Know Your Anger, Know Your Place, and Know Your Lesson.   Read more...

ParaNorman and the Fear of a Christian America.  Russell Moore serves up another dose of cultural analysis through commentary on his recent visit to the local cineplex.

It’s not every animated film that features zombies, witches, and corpses falling on top of troubled children. But, just in time for Halloween, LAIKA pictures gives us ParaNorman, about a troubled little boy who saves his small-town from zombies. As I watched this movie, I couldn’t help but wonder if this movie was less about zombie wars and more about culture wars.   Read more...

The Difference between Church as Individual Divers and Church as an Organic Body. Justin Taylor quotes Richard Lovelace, with the hopes that we will reclaim the Pauline vision of the church as an organic body, vitally connected to one another.  Read more...

Most Churchgoers Never Share The Gospel. Joe Carter makes us uncomfortable about new information which shows while we have tasted the glories of the Gospel, we apparently don't want to talk about it. "A new study finds that despite feeling comfortable in their ability to effectively communicate the gospel, churchgoers struggle most with sharing Christ with non-Christians."  Read more...

You and your pastor.  Ray Ortlund tackles a difficult verse with grace, courage, and wisdom. How does the church live out Hebrews 13:17? “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account.  Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

It is a sacred privilege to be a pastor.  I feel that.  And I am having the time of my life pastoring Immanuel Church.  But not all churches are in a joyful place.

Groaning pastors, heavyhearted pastors, sighing pastors can benefit their people, as those pastors keep looking to the Lord moment by moment.  But joyful pastors benefit their people far more.  How can more churches and pastors get into that zone of divine blessing and power?  Read more...

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