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. 7 habits of highly successful leaders under 30.
  2. Eddie Becker on 8 things I wish Jesus never said.
  3. An update on the new album from The Civil Wars. Can’t wait for this album to come out.
  4. L.A. Weekly on The top 20 punk albums of all time. Not surprised by #1.
  5. Selfie deception.
  6. Geoff Surratt on 5 ways to fight distractions. And squirrels. Some really helpful things in this list.
  7. 3 things that will kill your church plant in the first year. These will also kill or stall an established church.
  8. Larry Osborne on 3 mission essentials for churches.
  9. Things indie rock fans hate. This is a funny list and I’ve thought many of these things.
  10. 2 things you must do with your sermon.

This Weekend: Diversion & Deception

This Saturday at Revolution will begin something that we have never seen at Revolution: Rev Up, our student ministry kicks off! I am so excited to see how this ministry will be able to reach students, but also their families. Please be praying for this as it kicks off on Saturday night.

We are also hitting a topic I have never preached on:  Distractions and Deceptions. Here are some things we will be covering:

  • When I try to follow Jesus and do what He calls me to, will it get easier or harder?
  • Why does it seem the most sinful people have the easiest lives?
  • What do you I do when what I want to do or what I feel like God is calling me to do don’t fall into place?
  • How do I handle when friends and family tell me I am making a bad decision or criticize me?

All of us experience distractions everyday from either exploring Christianity, taking the next step in our journey with God, our marriage, job, or lives. What do we do with them? They are inevitable, so how do we handle them?

These are just a few of the things we will be trying to uncover on Saturday night as we look at Nehemiah 6:1 – 14.

So, do whatever you have to do to get to Revolution this Saturday night (and don’t forget to bring a friend with you)!

Remember, we meet at 5pm at 410 S. Pantano Rd.

See you then.

Links of the Week

  1. Sam Rainer on The importance of vision. Vision is a leader’s friend, yet, so many pastors seem to not know where they are going or where they are taking their church.
  2. Craig Groeschel on Values and culture. Your values, culture and DNA drive everything about your church. From how you spend your time, money, programs you do and who you hire. When you experience problems, it is a culture and values problem.
  3. Perry Noble on 16 signs a leader has lost his mind and 18 signs a staff has lost their mind.
  4. Mark Batterson on Rebuke distractions.
  5. Mark Driscoll on Leadership is lonely. This is so true.
  6. Scott Williams on Activity doesn’t = productivity. This is one of the biggest traps churches and leaders fall into. He also wrote a great post on how twitter makes you a better leader. I am a big believer in leaders and pastors twittering and blogging.
  7. David Fitch on 3 myths about preaching.
  8. Scott Bellsky on How ideas happen.