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. How to wreck a pastor. A lot of truth here.
  2. Bob Franquiz on Green room pastors.
  3. Why Andy Stanley is such a great communicator.
  4. Jenni Catron on Takeaways for leaders from the leadership summit. Great stuff here.
  5. 7 ways to keep your MC from growing. This is sarcastic, but so true.
  6. Luke Simmons takeaways from the leadership summit day 1 and day 2. Wish I was there but appreciate how many people blogged about it.
  7. Why we really sleep in.
  8. Casey Graham on 3 reasons you are a lonely leader.

What’s it like to be 7 feet tall and dunk (Watch Roy Hibbert dunk while wearing google glass)

Monday Morning Mind Dump…

mind dump

  • Not sure if you’ve ever had a week go not as you expected it to go
  • That’s how last week was for me
  • I was supposed to preach yesterday for the first time in 4 weeks
  • I’ve been enjoying my summer preaching break
  • 10 days ago, it looked like we would be hearing when we would fly to Ethiopia and that it would be soon
  • We made the decision to have Jared preach yesterday imagining that we would be in Ethiopia meeting our son for the first time
  • That was not to be
  • If you can imagine, as a parent, this was really disheartening
  • You can still help us we need to still raise 5K to complete our adoption
  • Watch the video below to learn more about our adoption and how to give
  • Any amount is helpful
  • I’m grateful to have Jared so he could step in and handle the sermon
  • He did a great job and it was a good reminder yesterday of who Jesus is and why I can trust Him
  • If you missed it, you can listen to it here
  • I had some cool things happen with writing last week in the midst of the frustration of international adoption
  • I had a guest post appear on Trevin Wax’s blog called The “Other” Celebrity Pastor
  • And one on gospel centered discipleship about The 2 Ideas that Change How we Think about Food, Body Image and Weight Loss
  • Over the summer, I always try to read some novels about something unrelated to leadership or church
  • This summer I started the series by Daniel Silva on Gabriel Allon
  • Super awesome
  • It’s about an Israeli spy/assassin
  • On the leadership front, over the weekend I read through Start with Why
  • If you are a church leader, you have to read this book
  • It is that good
  • Started texting with Jason Wood about fantasy football today
  • Can’t wait for it to start
  • Had a meeting yesterday with all of our MC leaders about the coming year
  • So excited for the leaders we have and what God is going to do in the coming year
  • If you haven’t gotten into an MC yet at Revolution, you need to
  • We are starting sign-ups for all of them THIS Sunday
  • Time to get moving into the week
  • Hopefully, my mind dump will be from Ethiopia next Monday!