Links of the Week

  1. Katie and I spent this week in Phoenix at the Acts 29 boot camp. In case you missed them, here are my notes from the different main sessions and breakouts I attended.
  2. Scott Williams on Creating a not to do list. This is one of the greatest things I ever did as a leader.
  3. Tim Challies on Hope in a pornified world.
  4. How to prepare for church and how to act at church to be an active participant.
  5. Todd Rhoads on You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. This is a sobering idea when you think in terms of your life and who you give your time to.
  6. 5 ways to get the most out of a sermon.
  7. J.D. Greear on What counts as plagiarism in a sermon?
  8. Social media and discernment. Don’t agree with all the points, but some good thoughts.
  9. True woman ran an interesting article on guys and pornography and what hope women have.
  10. Are you more excited about gospel centeredness or the God of the gospel?
  11. Cal Thomas on The Olbermann factor.
  12. A Christian couple is barred from adopting because of their beliefs concerning homosexuality.
  13. Matt Perman on a Theology of workflow and productivity.

Links of the Week

  1. Steve Jobs on the branding of Apple. Branding is so important and churches miss the boat so many times. Branding can have to do with mission, your church name, logo, etc. Pastors need to think through branding more because it is how you can be easily remembered and identified in your city. This is why we named ourselves Revolution and use 3 dots for our logo.
  2. How Christians can be faithful and politically present in our culture. Interesting interview.
  3. John Piper spent 224 sermons preaching through the book of Romans, but you can listen to these 11 messages and get the big picture overview. You can download the 11 key messages here.
  4. Forbes on Nextflix killed Blockbuster, but Apple, Amazon and Microsoft won’t be so easy.
  5. Mark Galli on Insignificant is Beautiful.
  6. The next Acts 29 boot camp is in Phoenix next week. So excited about spending the week at it.
  7. Kevin DeYoung on What’s wrong with theistic evolution. This is an interesting interview with the editor of the new book God & Evolution.
  8. One year later: an interview with Matt Chandler and what having cancer has taught him.
  9. What pastors and business leaders can learn from each other.
  10. Al Mohler on What we know from the elections on Tuesday.
  11. Download the audio from Acts 29 Seattle Boot Camp. Great stuff.
  12. Have you bought coffee yet to support our adoption? You can do so here (it’s really good).
  13. Watch this video of Andy Stanley talking about momentum. Anything with Andy Stanley on leadership is worth listening to or reading.
  14. Will Mancini on The tyranny of more. He lists out the 6 myths that cause churches to try to do everything. Revolution is a simple church, which means we only do 5 things (worship, groups, mission, students and children’s ministry). It is this clarity that I believe is one of our strengths as a church. I just preached on it if you are interested.
  15. Changing a church culture. Cultures are hard to change because they are so natural in how they come about. You have to change thinking, not just what you do to change a church.
  16. Ed Stetzer’s thoughts on Jim Swilley (a Prominent megachurch pastor) who came out of the closet this week. Stetzer raises some great questions that churches and leaders have to wrestle through in terms of how we respond to homosexuality and what Scripture has to say. While Scripture is clear where God stands on it, we have often missed the boat in communicating that and all the layers to the discussion. We need to do better at communicating truth.

Links of the Week

  1. Wayne Grudem released a book called Politics – According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture.
  2. Andrew Lisi on Burn couches not the Quran. I can appreciate the passion of this pastor who is planning to burn Quran’s, but if his point is to point Muslims to the truth of Jesus (as he has said is his point in multiple interviews), than I have to believe there is a better way to say, “Jesus is the only way to heaven.”
  3. What I would do differently if I were a new bride today. Mars Hill is doing a months of posts about being a Godly woman and this is a great list for any woman. Be a woman of character, dignity and your husband (or future husband) will honor you.
  4. Tim Challies on When I should leave my church.
  5. Why Christians get sex wrong.
  6. Darrin Patrick on A preacher and his bible. Great tips to preachers.