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. What is the role of a campus pastor in a multi-site church? Can’t wait for Revolution to plant our first church and we have dedicated staff in this role.
  2. Luke Simmons on A leader needs to love the people they have now.
  3. Billy Graham answers what he would do differently. So insightful.
  4. Brian Howard on How to keep pornography out of your home.
  5. Why worship music should be loud.
  6. Meredith Fineman on Please stop complaining about how busy you are.
  7. The introverted mother.
  8. David Murray on How to criticize a pastor.

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Preach the Word 2013: Panel Discussion

At the end of each day at the Preach the Word conference they did a panel discussion with the speakers for the day. Here are some things that jumped out at me from the discussion with Justin Holcomb, Alex Early and Leonce Crump:

  • You can grow a church through preaching through books of the Bible. 
  • When you go to minister to people, take someone with you. Don’t hang out with non-Christians on your own. Use that as a chance to mentor and disciple new leaders.
  • An indicative in the Bible is not the gospel, it is often the fruit of the gospel. It is describing, “this is the reality.”
  • Everyone wants to be a good person. An effective communicator sets up the tension that you can’t be.
  • Sometimes guys plant churches because they want to have a crowd to preach to. That’s not a good reason to plant.
  • You narrow your approach to preaching if you don’t think about who is in the room.
  • You can’t go wrong preaching Jesus because he’s always confrontational but always welcoming.
  • To reach your neighbor, you must know your neighbor.
  • You are a lazy pastor if you don’t evaluate your preaching.

Preach the Word 2013: Preaching as Worship || Leonce Crump

bookI’m at the Preach the Word conference through Acts 29 today and as always, posting my notes to the sessions I attend.

Leonce Crump II is the lead planter and pastor of Renovation Church. He has been in ordained ministry for 9 years, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds Masters degrees in Criminal Justice, with a focus on Case Law (University of Tennessee), Missional Leadership (Resurgence Theological Training Center), and has finished his Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. Leonce and his wife Breanna have lived in the Grant Park community of Atlanta for 3 years, and have two daughters.

Here are some thoughts from his talk:

  • He focused on these questions: 
    • Why do you preach? What are you trying to accomplish? What do you think about when you approach the text or consider your people?
    • Why do you listen to preaching? What are you there for? Are you there for instruction or relief, entertainment, to laugh or to cry?
    • Who is God?
  • For many pastors, they have corrupt reasons for preaching or for the content they give in a sermon.
  • Stop mimicking your favorite podcasts and use your voice for your people in your context.
  • If you attend a church, do you put unreasonable expectations on your pastor because of the famous guy you listen to from the other side of the country?
  • Somewhere between why you preach, why you listen and who is God is the act of preaching.
  • Preaching as worship starts with your preparation in the word.
  • What is the word doing in you before you try to communicate it to others?
  • What is the word doing in your heart as a listener?
  • It’s the same bible for everybody, it’s not special for anyone. It’s the same for everyone.
  • You fail as a Christian if your spiritual life grows only through sermons, vicariously through preachers.
  • Preaching becomes worship when we turn our eyes from our problems toward the king of glory.
  • Worship means “to shape your worth.” We worship what shapes us.
  • Preaching is worship when our worth is shaped around the resurrected Savior.
  • Preaching should show that Jesus is able to do everything (Romans 16:25).
  • Preaching cannot fix your life.
  • Preaching is to give people a big view of God.
  • Preaching should be helpful, create handles and hooks, and applicable, but preaching should never be manipulative.
  • We approach the bible with 3 problems: identity, idols and need and Jesus can fill them all.

This session was straight at pastors as to the motives of their preaching. A great word for preachers and the identity they find in preaching and the response of their people. He also looked at the motivations and expectations people have when they come to church and listen to a sermon.