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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John Piper on When we send someone to their death.

Ronnie Smith was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday. He was 33. He was a husband and father. The leaders of his home church have given me permission to respond to his death publicly and carefully. You can read the fuller story at World or in the mainstream media. One of the reasons I want to respond is because Ronnie wrote to us at Desiring God last year and told us that one of my messages was significant in leading him and his family to Libya. Now Anita is a widow, and his son Hosea has lost his father.

Jon Bloom on For all who have ever lost a child.

Suffering. Evil. Death. All of us experience them. They consume the lives of our precious loved ones — sometimes in unspeakably horrible ways. They bend us to the ground and produce tearful groanings too deep for words.

Thom Rainer on One of the biggest mistakes pastors make.

Pastors, I want to talk frankly and, hopefully, with a spirit of love, about one of the biggest mistakes I see many of you make. Most pastors have little emphasis, or sometimes, even knowledge about the content that is taught in groups in their churches.

Jonathan Holmes on Why does he look at pornography.

Something I have found personally helpful in counseling with both men and women through this issue is helping the counselee identify what motivates him or her to seek out pornography. In some ways we might say the actual viewing of pornography is symptomatic of a deeper worship disorder that is happening in the heart. What motivates and precedes the viewing of pornography? Once that can be identified then more specific biblical counsel can often be offered.

Letting pastors be real.

We have a cultural tendency to elevate leaders. Maybe it’s because they have an extraordinary education or a title or a position. Maybe it is because they have had a great deal of success in the growth of their church, or as an author or speaker. Whatever the reason, we’re creating minigods in our minds and hearts. That creates expectations in leaders, and expectations are the foundations for disappointment.

One Family’s Adoption Journey

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. 6 types of people in your missional community.
  2. Jon Bloom on 7 things to pray for your kids.
  3. Perfectly timed roller coaster pictures. If you need a good laugh, this is it.
  4. Jared Wilson on Cultivating a culture of graciousness in your church. Culture is what matters and decides things in a church. This is a great quality to pursue in your culture.
  5. 5 ways to find joy in a job you don’t love.
  6. Penn Jillette defends the Pope to Piers Morgan. Then read what Trevin Wax had to say on it.

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

Links of the Week

  1. Scott Williams on Looking through the eyes of the unchurched. I think he is right, when an unchurched person comes to church, they are looking for something different than what they find in the world.
  2. Sam Rainer on Leading by asking.
  3. Jon Bloom on Counting the cost of sexual immorality. After last Saturday night, this is definitely something everyone needs to think about.
  4. Perry Noble on Vision. Here are his notes from his catalyst lab.
  5. Ed Stetzer on 7 big church planting mistakes.