Thank God It's Friday: Weekend Roundup for March 8, 2019

Thank God It’s Friday: Weekend Roundup For March 8, 2019

Aaron Lee     |     MARCH 8, 2019     |    2 MIN READ

The 2019 SOLA Conference is next week! Get excited, and check out media from last year, including a recap video, photos, and sermons.

We have some great links lined up for us this weekend. If you would like your work to be on my radar, please tweet me @musicgoon or email me at


1. The Atlantic: It’s a Blessing to Bear Your Friend’s Burden

Peter Wehner, contributing editor at The Atlantic and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, offers Biblical wisdom and practical advice in a call to care for those who share their sorrows.

2. Vera Christian: How Putting God First Will Impact Everything In Your Life

SOLA contributor Vera Christian writes on her personal site about making our spiritual relationship with God our first priority.

3. Ed Stetzer: One-on-One with Russell Jeung on Emerging Adults in the Church

Writing for Christianity Today” Ed Stetzer interviews Dr. Russell Jeung, Chair and Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.

4. DesiringGod: Waiting Is Worth the Reward: Letter to My 20-Year-Old Self

Lauren Chandler examines James 1:2-4 and exhorts the younger generation to patience and steadfastness in trials.

5. Abner Chou: Real Thick Meaning and Preaching Christ from the Old Testament

Abner Chou, the John F. MacArthur Endowed Fellow at The Master’s Seminary, was published in the latest issue of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology.


1. Citizens & Saints: “In Tenderness”

Listen to my current favorite song from Citizens & Saints on YouTube or Spotify. The bandwill be leading praise at the SOLA Conference.

2. Crossway: Be Truthful, Not Original

"In this six-minute documentary, award-winning painter Glenn Harrington recounts his own journey toward becoming an artist, reflecting on the unique beauty of the natural world, the 'language' of painting, and how art and faith can inform each other."

3. Walnut Commentary: Dreams and Dating with Pastor Hanley Liu

Walnut Commentary is a podcast featuring the pastors and leaders from FCBC Walnut. In this episode, Pastor Hanley and I discuss the Shepherd’s Conference and John MacArthur, Hanley’s sermon from Sunday, and the upcoming SOLA Conference. We also answer a listener question: How should a guy ask out a girl from church? Listen on YouTube, Spotify, Facebook, or via Podcasts.


1. Hannah Chao: Brunch with D.A. Carson: A Conversation with SOLA

“Two thousand miles away from the polar vortex swirling around the Midwest where he lives, Dr. D. A. Carson had this to say about the 70-degree weather of Orange County: ‘Somebody’s gotta serve as a missionary to California.’”

2. Heidi Tai: You Can’t Save Anyone and That’s OK: An Open Letter to Younger Me

“As the pastor’s wife, may you never lose sight of our big God’s faithfulness to little, forgetful you.”

3. P.J. Tibayan: Are You a Church Member or a Church Mover?

“A church mover strongly desires to move his or her local church toward health by edifying and gospelizing its members. Some think I desire this because I’m a pastor, [but] I’m a pastor because I’m a church mover.”

4. P.J. Tibayan: Is the Local Church Really THAT Important?

“The local church is the center of God’s activity ... his presence on earth today ... God’s truth displayed and upheld ... [and] is the group of Christians exercising collective and personal responsibility for each other’s discipleship.”

5. Kara Park: Healing from an Eating Disorder

“But what has changed is the life I live as a child of God. Because the eating disorder no longer consumes me, I’m able to use my time and resources to focus on trying my best to glorify God in all that I say and do.”

6. Joshua Lim: Why I’m Bringing My Local Church to SOLA Conference 2018

From the SOLA archives. “God’s Kingdom is advancing, with or without our help. But, I want my local church to be well-equipped and faithful participants in His advancing Kingdom. I’m believing and praying that this year’s SOLA Conference will help contribute to that. I’ll be there with my church and I hope to see you and your church there as well.”

7. Aaron Lee: Thank God It’s Friday

In case you missed it, here is our roundup from last week. Empowered by #MeToo, a new generation fights sexual abuse in South Korea’s schools, Jeremy Lin: ‘There’s definitely some bittersweetness to my career,’ How the Church Should Respond to Parents with Rebellious Teens, The concerns and challenges of being a U.S. teen: What the data show, and 13 Glorious Truths About Who We Are In Christ.

Aaron Lee serves as the Social Media Officer of First Chinese Baptist Church of Walnut. He is a Sunday School teacher and music leader. He works as a Registered Nurse Clinical Analyst. He and his wife, Jess, live in Alhambra, a city in California’s San Gabriel Valley, home to the largest concentration of Asian American communities in the United States. His music, podcasts, and articles about worship and art are on his website.