Another week, another seven:

1) “Let’s get the girl.” – A challenging piece from Hannah Anderson: “In many ways, the state of women’s discipleship reveals as much about our commitment to the Great Commission as it reveals what role we see women playing in that mission.”

2) Ye Of Brittle Faith – Fascinating article from writer Larry Taunton who recently published a book about his friendship with avowed atheist Christopher Hitchens, who died in 2011. The book was particularly berated by atheists on social media for supposedly making out that Hitchens had a death-bed conversion. Taunton notes here that he said no such thing, but goes on to wonder whether the reason atheists have been so rattled by his book is because atheism can’t be seen to have any room for doubt.

3) Staff Team Meetings; A Better Strategy – Meetings. We do them all the time, right? And yet it’s remarkable how little we assess whether we could do them better. That’s where Brian Howard comes along and makes you think.

4) Long Hours and Laziness – What if burning the candle at both ends was actually an indication of laziness? Andrew Wilson suggests being idle doesn’t necessarily look like what we might expect.

5) Are You on Track if You Lead a Church of Less Than 100? – An encouraging post for those involved in church-planting in particular.

6) Upon the Death of a Grandson – Philip Jensen reflects on the death of his young grandson and reminds us that, “when we cease to rage against death, we have given up on life.” Powerful stuff.

7) Timeo Danaos Et Dona Ferentis? – If you’ll forgive the Latin phrasing of the title (“Beware Greeks bearing gifts?”), this is a wise and timely reflection from Martin Davie in light of the news that some Anglican evangelicals might be considering voting against the significantly positive House of Bishops’ Report at General Synod this Wednesday.

On the Blog this week:

Where Was God When That Happened? – Interview with Christopher Ash