Links for Your Weekend Reading

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Patrick Lencioni on The healthiest organizations win.

A healthy organization is one that maintains a cohesive leadership team, establishes clarity about what it stands for, communicates that clarity repetitively, and puts in place processes and systems to reinforce that clarity over time.

 How one church is using orderliness to attract millenials.

Jen Wilkin on Daughters and dating and how to intimidate their suitors.

Here’s the problem with shotgun jokes and applications posted on the fridge: to anyone paying attention, they announce that you fully expect your daughter to have poor judgment. Be assured that your daughter is paying attention. And don’t be shocked if she meets your expectation. You might want to worry less about terrorizing or retro-fitting prospective suitors and worry more about preparing your daughter to choose wisely. And that means building a wall. Instead of intimidating all your daughter’s potential suitors, raise a daughter who intimidates them just fine on her own.

The #1 lie parents believe about social media.

The #1 lie parents believe about social media is that that they have to be as tech savvy as their kids. Why is that a lie? Because you will NEVER be as tech savvy as your kids.

Thom Rainer on 10 tips to becoming a more productive pastor.

Pastors are thus expected to “run the race” constantly. But how can a pastor keep the pace in this marathon of ministry without burning out? How can a pastor remain productive with such demands? Allow me to offer ten tips to becoming a more productive pastor.

6 Tips to getting a better night sleep.

OK GO new song (Always blown away by the creativity of this band and this is incredible)

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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.

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  1. Practicing biblical hospitality.
  2. Geoff Surratt on 3 reasons guests don’t return to your church.
  3. An email from a proud deadbeat dad. Love Matt’s response. Definitely shows what is wrong with men in our culture.
  4. John Piper on Parents, require obedience from your children.
  5. 6 trends in kids ministry.
  6. Carlos Whitaker on 4 tips on how to handle social media with your kids. Great tips for parents.
  7. One father writes a letter to his daughters about body image. If you have a daughter, help her understand biblical body image.
  8. 30 hour work week.

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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  1. If you want to be a great leader, you must have vision.
  2. Donald Zimmerman on How to structure your worship ministry. This makes me appreciate Paul Ingram all the more.
  3. Personal branding for introverts.
  4. Tim Challies on Do you have a personal relationship with Satan?
  5. Great leaders are rarely normal, well-adjusted people.
  6. Garrett Kell on How to destroy your marriage before it begins.
  7. Hannah Joiner on Secrets for dads with daughters.
  8. Stop trying to date yourself. Great word for singles.
  9. Chan Kilgore on What he wished he would’ve known about leadership, parenting and satanic attacks when he started pastoring. If you are a pastor or thinking about it, this is a great series of blog posts.
  10. Will people have a chance to repent after they die?
  11. Trevin Wax on When your kids say “Dad, I know all the bible stories.”
  12. What one pastor wish he would’ve known about critics and parenting when he started pastoring.
  13. Thom Rainer on 7 tips for introverted pastors.
  14. The most important interview Rick Warren has ever done. I watched this last night and was blown away while watching it. Really a moving interview.
  15. How to not make a hiring mistake.

An Awkward Interview on a New book

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. The biggest mistake church leaders make.
  2. Christianity Today shares The top 100 things people are giving up for Lent.
  3. Forbes Magazine on The 5 biggest mistakes Steve Jobs made. I love Steve Jobs. As a communicator and leader he made a ton of great choices and was extremely talented. This is a great post on what we can learn from his mistakes.
  4. Thom Rainer on 10 reflections of being a church consultant for a decade. Tons of wisdom here for church leaders.
  5. Daniel Darling on 5 things every son needs to hear from his dad and 5 things every daughter needs to hear from her dad. If you’re a parent, read and re-read these posts. Wow.
  6. Children and the culture of pornography. As a parent, this will be the most disturbing and sad thing you’ll read today. But read it, because it is real.

Drive Thru Invisible Driver Prank

Links of the Week

    1. Daughters & Dad’s approval. Shows the pivotal role a father plays in the life of a daughter.
    2. Kem Meyer on 5 missing ingredients of great teams.
    3. 10 ways to handle the church critic.
    4. Jon Acuff on Calling your wife your bride. I agree, it kind of weirds me out.
    5. Michael Hyatt on 5 consequences of living life out of balance.
    6. Charles Stone on How to respond when someone leaves your church. No matter how often this happens, this always hurts.
    7. How to involve kids in a missional community. Helpful things here.
    8. Jayne Vanderstelt on a Wife’s role in serving a missional community.
    9. Dan Kimball on Francis Chan’s new book Erasing Hell. Can’t wait to read this.

Links of the Week

  1. 7 leadership lessons from the career of Phil Jackson.
  2. Justin Taylor on Advice for preaching Christ centered sermons.
  3. Joe Thorn on Rebuilding a healthy schedule. Great thoughts on balance and scheduling for leaders.
  4. John Piper on Having a summer mindset.
  5. The life of an introverted leader. As an introverted leader, this was helpful.
  6. When sex feels like a chore.
  7. 10 things submission is not.
  8. Justin Holcomb on How to protect your daughter from barbie.
  9. Perry Noble on What you need to know about your wife.
  10. N.T. Wright on what Stephen Hawking misses about heaven (and what we often miss about heaven).

Links of the Week

  1. Mark Driscoll on Loving the pastor’s wife. This is mostly a thankless job, but if a church does not care for a pastor’s wife, it can and will eventually destroy the church. I’m grateful for the people who love and care for Katie at our church. I recently did a series of posts on being a pastor’s wife, if you haven’t read them, I’d encourage you to read them to know what your pastor’s wife (whoever she is) often goes through.
  2. Bob Franquiz on Both/And.
  3. Tony Morgan on Why big churches keep getting bigger. It’s all about leadership.
  4. Russell Moore on Why hell is forever.
  5. Why are we letting our daughters dress like prostitutes?
  6. Will Mancini on 5 things you must do if you are a frustrated church planter.

Links of the Week

  1. Never make fun of your spouse. My wife Katie has been doing a series of blog posts on our relationship rules and this one is broken by so many spouses. This one change would make a world of difference in your marriage.
  2. All you need to know about church planting in 3 minutes.
  3. Ron Edmondson on Addressing a porn generation.
  4. 4 lessons from Martin Luther on Marriage. This is a great article.
  5. Dave Bruskas on What I’ve learned from raising daughters. Dave is a pastor in New Mexico and has raised 4 daughters so I’d take that as being an expert on the topic.
  6. Gabe Lyons on A third way for the ‘Christian nation’ debate.
  7. How to leave a church well. Sometimes people leave for good reasons and leave well, but often they leave for poor reasons and leave the church by throwing rocks. Love the example from the book of Acts, maybe that is why churches today don’t see the effectives they did in the book of Acts.
  8. Pastors who suffering from relational anorexia. Pastoring is one of the loneliest jobs on the planet, but there are some things you can do to fight it.
  9. Tony Morgan on Signs you have a vision that inspires. These are right on, the clarity at Revolution has inspired people and repelled people. Vision divides and that is okay.
  10. Who needs porn when you have MTV? This is crucial for parents to keep in mind as they raise kids and what they allow on TV. (Note: there is a semi-explicit photo accompanying the article).
  11. 10 easy bible verses for kids to memorize. We have a verse of the week at our house and it has been awesome to see the kids start memorizing scripture.
  12. Loving our Muslim neighbors. This is a great video panel discussion with J.D. Greear and Thabiti Anyabwile.
  13. Christopher Wright on The biggest obstacle for world missions is idolatry. This is a convicting article.
  14. J. Oswald Sanders on Are you ready to be a leader? These are great questions to work through if you want to enter into leadership or have a desire to take on more leadership in your church or business.

This Weekend: Raising a Girl to Become a Woman

I am treading into uncharted waters this Saturday. We are continuing our series The Perfect Kid and I am preaching on “How to raise a girl to become a woman.” Of all the weeks in this series so far, this might be the one I am most passionate about.

Saturday I will be laying out what Scripture calls us not only to as parents when it comes to raising girls, but a wife is to be, what a mom is to be, what a single woman is to be, what we should look for as men when it comes to marrying a woman. Scripture is chalk full with what a woman is to become and yet we have allowed culture to hijack that and in the end, we settle for what a woman is. We settle for what we have become when God wants so much more for us.

This week is very personal for me. Saturday is Ava’s 5th birthday. Ava is our oldest and she stole my heart the moment she was born. The relationship we share is so special to me. This week, I will be preaching my sermon from the perspective of what I hope and pray she becomes.

When I say that it will be personal and challenging, you have seen nothing yet.

Also our Saturday, we will be having another baptism and celebrating what God has done in people’s lives as they take their next step and publicly identify with Jesus. If you would like to get baptized, email Christe LePeau.

You won’t want to miss it!

So, do whatever you have to do to get to Revolution this Saturday night (and don’t forget to bring a friend with you)! This is a great week to bring a friend, every parent wants help and advice when it comes to parenting, so this is an easy series to invite them to. To use an e-vite, just go here. And come expecting to see God move and do something huge in our lives.

Remember, we meet at 5pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you then.