Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.

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Jon Foreman (lead singer of Switchfoot) on There are no such things as Christian songs.

The view that a pastor is more ‘Christian’ than a girls volleyball coach is flawed and heretical. The stance that a worship leader is more spiritual than a janitor is condescending and flawed. These different callings and purposes further demonstrate God’s sovereignty.

David Jones on Errors in the prosperity gospel.

No matter what name is used, the essence of this new gospel is the same. Simply put, this egocentric “prosperity gospel” teaches that God wants believers to be physically healthy, materially wealthy, and personally happy. Listen to the words of Robert Tilton, one of the prosperity gospel’s best-known spokesmen: “I believe that it is the will of God for all to prosper because I see it in the Word, not because it has worked mightily for someone else. I do not put my eyes on men, but on God who gives me the power to get wealth.”  Teachers of the prosperity gospel encourage their followers to pray for and even demand material flourishing from God.

Brian Howard on When in doubt, choose your family.

What should I do on a given evening or this weekend? Should I go to a basketball game with a friend who has invited me? Should I take that out of town trip? Should I do that weekend away with the guys? Or should I spend time with my family? How do I decide?

Carey Niieuwhof on 5 ways to connect with your audience (Like a rock star).

I am so not a rock star. And you may not be either. But as a leader I’m a communicator and that means that like you, I want to connect with the people I’m speaking to. On that note…ever feel like you’re not connecting with your audience? Whether you’re speaking, writing or even trying to motivate a small team, we’ve all been there. And we can all learn something from artists like Coldplay on connecting.