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.


Dave Kraft on 3 ways to have longevity as a leader.

Bobby Clinton has come to the conclusion that only 30% of leaders finish well. That is very disconcerting, to say the least!

Joe Carter on Is sexual orientation analogous to race?

The argument to make this comparison takes the following form:

Major Premise: A sexual orientation is analogous to the category of race.

Minor Premise: Race is a category protected by anti-discrimination laws.

Conclusion: Therefore, sexual orientation should have the same civil-rights protections as those afforded to race.

The question we will examine is whether the major premise is true. Is sexual orientation analogous to race?

Eddie Becker on 5 things you should never say to your spouse.

Christine Hoover on What to not say (and what to say) to a pastor’s wife.

Don’t say: Oh, I didn’t ask/invite you/initiate with you because I know you’re so busy/have tons of friends/know everyone. One of the most frustrating things about being pastor’s wives is that very few people initiate friendship or include us in social activities, because they make assumptions about our schedule or our relationships. This is why many pastor’s wives are extremely lonely; they initiate constantly and receive little in return.

Jon Negroni on How all the Pixar movies exist in the same universe.

Tim Elmore on 5 signs your kids are entitled.

Why work when it can be given to you? It fosters a cycle of laziness and poor work ethic when we constantly give to our children without requiring any work. We need to create entry points starting at a young age for our children to contribute to household chores and jobs.

Owl City – “In Christ Alone”

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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
  1. Geoff Surratt on 5 ways to make your church stickier. Love the “guerrilla greeter” idea.
  2. John Piper on Same-sex attraction and the inevitability of change.
  3. James MacDonald on Common mistakes for young preachers.
  4. Really excited to read Dave Kraft’s new book on leadership. If you haven’t read Leaders who Lastyou need to (it’s also $3.82 right now).
  5. Mark Driscoll on Should we abandon the idea of hell?

Links to Start the Week

  1. 11 ways men can lead their families.
  2. Dave Kraft on Dangers leaders face.
  3. Social media explained.
  4. Ryan Huguley on The hats pastors wear.
  5. Dane Ortlund on The right and wrong way to receive criticism.
  6. What is the role of a pastor’s wife/church planter’s wife? I did a whole series on the role of a pastor’s wife, still one of my most read series I’ve ever done.
  7. From Victoria’s Secret Model to Proverbs 31 Wife.
  8. Brandon Cox on The Savior-Sensitive, Seeker-Sensitive Church. Love the idea of learning from those you disagree with.

Links of the Week

  1. Letters to a young pastor. I’m reading this book right now and it is a great book for young pastors, tons of wisdom.
  2. Phil Cooke on the secret to great teams.
  3. Porn blamed for children’s sexual behavior.
  4. Dave Ferguson on What stats a church should count.
  5. Russell Moore answers “Should I marry a man addicted to porn?
  6. Start – Stop – Continue. Great advice for pastors and leaders.
  7. Teens & porn: stats you need to know.
  8. Dave Kraft on The importance of picking the right people for the right teams.
  9. Forbes on Girls for Sale! Changing the Conversation on Exploited Kids in the U.S.

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Links of the Week

  1. Brian Croft on How much a pastor/elder should share with his wife. This is a dicey call and one that is helpful to have some input on for a variety of reasons.
  2. Steven Furtick on Grace is power. Really challenging and encouraging.
  3. The Christian divorce rate myth.
  4. Insights on church planting from Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter. A must read for any planter or pastor, wow.
  5. Michael Lukaszewski on 5 steps to a good sermon.
  6. Some thoughts on Sarah Palin and women working outside the home when they have young kids.
  7. Dave Kraft on Leadership made simple.
  8. Tim Keller on Preaching to himself.
  9. Check out Aaron Spiro’s new album “Love.”
  10. Steven Furtick on We don’t pray enough (but not in the way you think).

Links of the Week

  1. Dane Ortlund on The radical gospel, defiant and free
  2. Tullian Tchividjian on Ways to obedience.
  3. Dave Kraft on 3 essentials for leaders. This a must see for leaders.
  4. D.A. Carson on The central message of the Bible.
  5. Ron Edmondson on 7 pillars of great leaders.
  6. 3 reasons your church is stuck.