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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Josh Watt on The technology question every parent must answer.

A lot of parents are hesitant to be proactive in their children’s life of technology, because they just can’t keep up with the speed at which it’s changing. Other parents are hesitant, because they haven’t seen good parenting modeled in this area. The other reality is parents are on the front end of parenting the digital generation and frankly we are all learning as we go. Yet there is another hindrance to parents being proactive in their children’s online lives, and it is this inner struggle we all have to varying degrees: “Don’t my kids have the right to some privacy?”

What you need to know as a pastor about the new ruling from the Wisconsin judge concerning housing allowance.

The clergy housing allowance isn’t a government establishment of religion, but just the reverse. The allowance is neutral to all religions. Without it, clergy in small congregations of all sorts would be penalized and harmed.

Andrew Walker on Jesus and the same-sex marriage debate.

If Christians are to support same-sex marriage, they should do so by way of intellectual honesty and acknowledge their abandonment of biblical authority, for there is no reasonable way to deduce from Scripture an exegetical case for same-sex marriage.

Mike Niebauer on Is it actually harder to be a pastor than doing another job?

As a pastor who often hears other ministers teach and preach, I am disturbed by the number of times pastors allude to their jobs as being particularly difficult. Yes, we face many challenges—ministry may involve times of high emotional and spiritual duress—but I don’t think these difficulties merit special recognition with regard to other vocations. After all, being a pastor involves almost no manual labor, which makes it physically easier than most other occupations in history. It doesn’t require a 60- to 80-hour work week, unless you somehow equate longer working hours with more of the Holy Spirit’s presence. And although the emotional and spiritual challenges faced are difficult, teachers and social workers—to take just two examples—face similar or greater obstacles.

Aaron Armstrong on She’s done the impossible.

This weekend, Mark Driscoll broke the Internet in half. Again.

Ron Edmondson on 5 ways for an introvert to survive the holidays.

It’s the holiday season again. I love the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I really do. But, for us introverts, it can also be a very difficult season. We are far more likely to be placed in awkward, uncomfortable situations.

Tim Challies on 10 steps to preach from an iPad.

There are many ways to go about it, but I will tell you about the system I have been using for the past year or so. I have found that it works very well. You need only two programs to do this: Pages and GoodReader (or Word and GoodReader if you use a PC). While I continue to use a full-size iPad, this system will work just as well with the Mini.

Monday Morning Mind Dump…

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  • Felt weird and good all at the same time yesterday not being at Revolution Church
  • I heard Josh Watt hit it out of the park
  • I haven’t listened to it yet, but if you missed it, you can listen to it here
  • I got to spend some of last week with Katie and the kids up in the white mountains in northern Arizona
  • We got over a foot of snow while we were there
  • It was great being able to play in the snow, go sledding, read by the fire
  • Definitely a good short break in the middle of the year
  • Really excited about preaching this coming week as we continue our series in Ecclesiastes
  • I’m talking about how to savor and enjoy life
  • Which, if I’m honest, I’m still learning how to do
  • It will be fun to walk our church through my failings and growing in that area
  • While we were there, Katie and I worked out at Crossfit Timber Mesa, definitely worth checking out if you are in the Show Low area
  • I read 2 fascinating books while we were away: Rewiring Your Preaching: How the Brain Processes Sermons and The Power of Habit: Why we do What we do in Life & Business
  • I didn’t get to tweet this last week, but I did a radio interview about my journey of losing weight that you can listen to here
  • Any way, time to get going

This Weekend @ Revolution || Trusting in God When You Don’t Understand Him

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I’m really excited for this week at Revolution Church. Of course, I’m really excited every week!

This week, we are having a special guest speaker. Josh Watt will be joining us. Josh is the student pastor at Redemption Gateway in Phoenix. Redemption is another Acts 29 church that we partner with.

This week, we will be looking at Ecclesiastes 8 and look at how to know and follow God’s ways. Often, we have no idea what God is doing in our lives or world, or how to partner with him. This can be frustrating when it comes to trusting in God and following him. This week, we’ll look at how to trust God when life doesn’t add up or when you don’t understand what God is doing.

This is definitely a week you don’t want to miss at Revolution Church. So, bring someone with you (you never know when a simple invite will make an eternal difference).

So, get there early. Come ready to worship and give Josh a loud, revolutionary welcome this week!

Remember, we meet at 8300 E. Speedway Blvd. at 10am.