Thank God It's Friday: Weekend Roundup for April 26, 2019


AARON LEE     |     APRIL 26, 2019     |    2 MIN READ

Patreeya Prasertvit concluded her nine-article Holy Week series on Monday. Read how Easter is not just a date on the calendar, but how the resurrection radically changes our lives.

My feature recommendation for you this week is Art and the Empty Tomb: 3 Lessons for our Creative Lives from Luke 24. Published on the Lexham Press blog, it is a fitting resource for our SOLA writers and readers.

Many of our SOLA contributors wrote on their own websites to celebrate Easter and I have included them in this week’s roundup. If you would like your work to be on my radar, please tweet me @musicgoon or email me at


1. Vera Christian: Bible Bite: When God Is Silent

SOLA Contributor Vera Christian examines the Exodus and the wisdom that comes with waiting for Christ’s return.

2. David Mathis: God Caffeinated His World: Coffee, Tea, and Soda to the Glory of Christ

“How should we think about caffeine use or avoidance in the pursuit of joy in God? Consider four principles anchored in God’s word.”

3. Jonathan Hayashi: The Resurrection: The Single Most Critical Event in All of History

SOLA Contributor Jonathan Hayashi reveals the hope of a rescuer in the gospel.

4. Albert Mohler: New details emerge about the attacks in Sri Lanka: The challenges of understanding the proper role of technology and the necessity of conversionist Christianity

Albert Mohler addresses the terrorist attacks on Sri Lanka.

5. Heidi Tai: Is Jesus Weak?

SOLA Contributor Heidi Tai shares a testimony from her teenage years and compares our pride to the humility of Christ.


1. Jessica Lee: Easter Wallpaper

FCBC Walnut’s Media and Communications Designer provides two free Easter designs for your wallpaper and lock screen and shares a time-lapse video of her creative process.

2. TGC: How You Can Encourage Adoptive Parents

“Adoptive parents Tony Merida, Rosaria Butterfield, and Dennae Pierre sat down to talk about those hardships and how you can come alongside adoptive parents in your church family.”

3. Themelios: 44.1

The new April 2019 issue of Themelios with many articles debating about the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit.


1. Jeremy Treat: How Should We View the Church and the Kingdom of God?

“Adapting the Gospel is telling people what they want to hear. Contextualizing the Gospel is telling people what they need to hear in a way that they can understand it.”

2. Justin C. Ha: [Blank] For the Lord

“How could Paul not obsess over his hardships? He ran a tentmaking business and a ministry, which I’m sure was stressful His plans to share the Gospel in Rome went awry when his ship sank. When he finally reached his destination, Paul was thrown in prison. Why was he insistent on being for the Lord despite these mishaps?”

3. Kim Kira: How Can a Gospel-Centered Understanding of Marriage Inform and Encourage How We Date?

“It’s an amazing thing that we get to be involved in this relationship, which tells something about our Savior to the world.”

4. Patreeya Prasertvit: The Monday After: Reflecting After Holy Week

“Christ has risen. The grave is empty. Everything is changed. How does the resurrection change the way you see your life today? How might God be giving you new hope and life?”

5. Patreeya Prasertvit: Holy Week Devotion #8: What Did You Expect?

“Do we forget how bewildering it is to find a heartbeat where there once was silence? Do we forget the sheer joy and delight that comes from having our expectations so wondrously shattered? … Do we live like the resurrection is our new reality? Do we anticipate life as much as death?”

6. Patreeya Prasertvit: Holy Week Devotion #7: The Silence of Saturday

“As Christians, we are defined by Sunday, marked by Friday, but we live in Saturday… waiting, and as we wait, lamenting that things are not as they should be and living (and acting) with defiant hope that one day they will be.”

7. Patreeya Prasertvit: Holy Week Devotion #6: Good Grief

“What an oxymoron to the watching world, to carry a cross and to call it ‘Good.’ What an impossible worldview, to fully mourn the brokenness we experience and still believe in a good God. What a defiant hope it would take, to not run from the brokenness of our world and instead to run towards a sovereign God we cannot always understand.”

8. Harold Kim: How Can God Use the Local Church to Bring Healing to the World?

“I do think the church is meant to give you gifts that the world can never deliver.”

9. Thank God It’s Friday: Weekend Roundup

In case you missed it, here is our roundup from last week. History Burning Before Our Eyes: The Tragedy of Notre Dame and the Soul of Modern France, Stories of transracial adoptees must be heard – even uncomfortable ones, Stories of transracial adoptees must be heard – even uncomfortable ones, A Pizza-Box Sign, and What is the Purpose of Life? Why Do I Exist?

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.