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.


  1. Tim Challies on Thinking biblically about CJ Mahaney and sovereign grace ministries. This is a great article on how to think biblically when someone has been wronged or there is disagreements in a church. 
  2. 8 ways to raise kids biblically in a pornified culture.
  3. Aimee Byrd on The UFC and femininity. This is just an extension of “men and women are created equal and not different” line of thinking as opposed to a more biblical approach “men and women are equal but different”. Not sure why anyone is surprised that women are now competing in UFC.
  4. Kevin DeYoung on What someone should say about homosexuality and the Bible.
  5. Ed Stetzer on 5 ways not to be an arrogant pastor.
  6. 6 ways to preach with passion.

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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

Links of the Week

  1. When a pastor loses heart
  2. Scott Williams on Leadership lessons from Southwest
  3. Get the dad, get the family
  4. Ed Stetzer on Surviving unhealthy organizations part 1 and part 2.
  5. 12 communication tips from the world’s best
  6. Brian Tracy on Work/Life balance
  7. What’s the difference between a good pastor and a great pastor?

Ordinary Pastors

Tony Reinke:

In advance of C.J. Mahaney’s chapter “Ordinary Pastors” to be published in the forthcomingTogether for the Gospel book, we are reprinting the chapter in 12 parts (courtesy of Crossway). In this series C.J. addresses some of the common temptations ordinary pastors experience and sets for them a realistic vision for successful pastoral ministry that honors God and faithfully proclaims the Savior.

The ultimate goal of the series is to encourage ordinary pastors, men who are laboring faithfully in their ordinary churches and who seek to honor the extraordinary Savior. In the words of an older mentor to a young pastor,

What is important at the end of the day is the church—ordinary churches trying to live faithfully in a rapidly changing society. Ordinary churches pastored by ordinary people like you and me, knowing that we cannot do everything, but trying to do what we can and seeking God’s face for His presence and blessing so that His dear Son might be honored and His people strengthened.

You can view the whole series here:

  1. Called, Gifted, and Discouraged
  2. A Biblical Definition of Ministry
  3. Be Faithful to the Message
  4. Commitment to Unoriginality
  5. Be Ready in Season and out of Season
  6. With Complete Patience
  7. Remember God’s Patience With You
  8. Note to Self: Sanctification Is Slow
  9. Be Amazed They Came Back!
  10. Be Faithful to Your Ministry
  11. Be Faithful to the Savior
  12. “Well Done, Good and Faithful Ordinary Pastor”

The Pastor & Personal Criticism

C. J. Mahaney’s article “The Pastor and Personal Criticism” (PDF) is now available. You can read the PDF or see the individual blog posts below:

  1. The Pastor and Personal Criticism
  2. The Pastor’s Temptations when Criticism Arrives
  3. Learning Wisdom by Embracing Criticism
  4. A Kind and Painful Bruising
  5. The Pastor’s Wife and Her Role When Criticism Arrives
  6. Adding a Few Smudges to My Moral Portrait
  7. Deal Gently with Your Critics
  8. Why Faithful Pastors Will Be Criticized
  9. Too High an Estimation
  10. Distinguishing Criticism
  11. How to Criticize Your Pastor (And Honor God)

Recommended Resources on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Tonight, I preached on Biblical manhood and womanhood from Genesis 2 – 3. Katie joined me on stage to share her two cents and as always did an unbelievable job of painting a picture of what the gospel can do in a woman’s life and a woman of God is called to be. I’m so proud of the journey she’s been on and what God has done in her life. She really is a great example to women of what it means to be a strong woman of God. Too many people think biblical womanhood means you are a doormat or push over with no opinion. I love that Katie can kill that perception.

There are a ton of books on marriage, what a man or woman are supposed to be. Over the 9 years that Katie and I have been married, we have read probably close to 50 books on these topics. Below are our favorites and the ones that have been the most helpful to us and challenged us in our marriage. Hope this list helps.

Links of the Week

  1. Why conservative churches are growing faster than liberal ones.
  2. The Wall Street Journal on Fraternities and the culture of rape.
  3. Al Mohler on Same sex marriage, God’s vision, and biblical authority.
  4. 10 reasons not to join a church plant. So true.
  5. Wendy Alsup on My journey to Gospel-Centered Womanhood.
  6. What should the sting be for church discipline.
  7. Acts 29 wives on being a church planter’s wife and family part 1 and part 2. If you wonder what it is like to the wife of a church planter, read these.
  8. Ron Edmondson on 7 suggestions when the marriage isn’t working.
  9. Watch The Gospel Coalition main sessions. Some good stuff here.
  10. Noel Heikkinen on the Royal Wedding and an Illusion of Innocence.
  11. C.J. Mahaney’s free ebook on leadership and criticism. Can’t recommend this high enough.
  12. How women lead in a complementarian church.

Links of the Week

  1. Al Mohler on A massive shift coming in what it means to be a Christian. I am always stunned when Christians stop believing in a part of the Bible they don’t like.
  2. C.J. Mahaney on leadership and criticism. The best stuff I’ve seen on criticism. His post on how to criticize a pastor is helpful for any church member.
  3. Justin Holcomb on Defending and proving the resurrection of Jesus.
  4. Bryan Chapell on Preaching the power of grace.
  5. E.M. Bounds on What makes great preaching.
  6. Parents, don’t dress your daughters like tramps. Sad that CNN has to say this, but Christian parents and the church needs to step up to the plate and teach modesty and character among young girls.
  7. Church planter or pastor, does your wife share your calling to ministry? If not, don’t do it or get out of it.
  8. Ed Marcelle on Restoration and relationship in marriage.