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. How to uncomplicate your life.
  2. Russell Moore on How to explain the same sex marriage debate to your kids.
  3. Preachers of L.A. I can’t believe this is real.
  4. Tim Challies on 8 ways Satan convinces you to question your salvation.
  5. Joe Thorn on How open air preaching went.
  6. Walt Mueller on Teens and plastic surgery. If you are a parent of teenagers or a student pastor, you should be reading Walt’s blog.
  7. 10 things every Christian should know about Islam.

Links to Get Your Week Going

  1. Russell Moore on Good news for bad preachers. This is so true, my first several years of preaching were pretty bad. Katie endured a lot of bad sermons with a smile. Just keep preaching.
  2. What it takes to have a sticky church. Great insights for leaders as they head into the fall ministry season.
  3. When your child is moving up in Planet Rev.
  4. David French on What Christians can learn from Mormons on church growth. This is really interesting.

Links I Like

Links I Like

  1. A look at the Acts 29 Pastor’s retreat. One of my favorite weeks of the year.
  2. Mark Dever, Matt Chandler & Darrin Patrick discuss Should baptism be spontaneous?
  3. 7 ways to talk to your neighbors about Jesus. Helpful list.
  4. Perry Noble on What he says to church planters.
  5. Ron Edmondson on How a pastor’s wife can truly be a partner to her husband. Great stuff.
  6. Mark Driscoll on 5 things to ask yourself as you read the Bible.

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. Introverts in the church. I haven’t read this book yet, but as an introvert, I’m grateful people are talking about this.
  2. 7 negative effects of porn.
  3. Scott Thomas on What pastors can learn from the Penn State scandal.
  4. Is there a megachurch bubble?
  5. Mike Breen on what the American church will look like in 10 years.
  6. Gospel Coalition on importan female voices in the church.
  7. Andy Stanley on Creating a come and see culture.

Links of the Week

  1. Steve Jobs on the branding of Apple. Branding is so important and churches miss the boat so many times. Branding can have to do with mission, your church name, logo, etc. Pastors need to think through branding more because it is how you can be easily remembered and identified in your city. This is why we named ourselves Revolution and use 3 dots for our logo.
  2. How Christians can be faithful and politically present in our culture. Interesting interview.
  3. John Piper spent 224 sermons preaching through the book of Romans, but you can listen to these 11 messages and get the big picture overview. You can download the 11 key messages here.
  4. Forbes on Nextflix killed Blockbuster, but Apple, Amazon and Microsoft won’t be so easy.
  5. Mark Galli on Insignificant is Beautiful.
  6. The next Acts 29 boot camp is in Phoenix next week. So excited about spending the week at it.
  7. Kevin DeYoung on What’s wrong with theistic evolution. This is an interesting interview with the editor of the new book God & Evolution.
  8. One year later: an interview with Matt Chandler and what having cancer has taught him.
  9. What pastors and business leaders can learn from each other.
  10. Al Mohler on What we know from the elections on Tuesday.
  11. Download the audio from Acts 29 Seattle Boot Camp. Great stuff.
  12. Have you bought coffee yet to support our adoption? You can do so here (it’s really good).
  13. Watch this video of Andy Stanley talking about momentum. Anything with Andy Stanley on leadership is worth listening to or reading.
  14. Will Mancini on The tyranny of more. He lists out the 6 myths that cause churches to try to do everything. Revolution is a simple church, which means we only do 5 things (worship, groups, mission, students and children’s ministry). It is this clarity that I believe is one of our strengths as a church. I just preached on it if you are interested.
  15. Changing a church culture. Cultures are hard to change because they are so natural in how they come about. You have to change thinking, not just what you do to change a church.
  16. Ed Stetzer’s thoughts on Jim Swilley (a Prominent megachurch pastor) who came out of the closet this week. Stetzer raises some great questions that churches and leaders have to wrestle through in terms of how we respond to homosexuality and what Scripture has to say. While Scripture is clear where God stands on it, we have often missed the boat in communicating that and all the layers to the discussion. We need to do better at communicating truth.