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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Dorie Clark on Why we can’t stop working.

The ROI of work is immediately apparent. You get instant feedback and, oftentimes, instant gratification in the form of raises, promotions, new contracts, or general approbation. The arc of family life is different. In the moment, it can be banal, boring, or discouraging.

Perry Noble on 7 ways to be rich.

Give it TIME…what we spent years messing up will most likely not be fixed in three days, or even three weeks!

Dave Bruskas on 4 priorities for pastors from Christmas to Easter.

Christmas, with all its ministry demands, has come and gone. You’ve had a few days off. But you are still very tired as you approach the long run to Easter. How should you prioritize your time and energy? What can you do to recover?

Will Mancini on Ministry trends of 2014 leaders can’t ignore.

Sometimes you can dismiss a trend as a fad. Like Crocs, the Harlem Shake, or flash mobs. At other times to dismiss a trend is just a mistake. As in every era, some of today’s trends will become tomorrow’s reality. Innovative leaders aren’t afraid to embrace change and to be some of the first in on the shifts they see around them. In that spirit, here are 5 trends you’ll no longer be able to dismiss in 2014.

Tony Merida on 9 benefits of expository preaching.

Expository preaching is an approach that is founded on certain theological beliefs, such as the role of the preacher according to Scripture, the nature of the Scripture, and the work of the Spirit. Therefore, many of the benefits for doing exposition are hard to measure. However, nine practical-theological benefits are worth noting.

If you miss your family, you miss everything.

7 crippling parenting behaviors that keep your kids from becoming leaders.

I was intrigued, then, to catch up with leadership expert Dr. Tim Elmore and learn more about how we as parents are failing our children today — coddling and crippling them — and keeping them from becoming leaders they are destined to be. Tim is a best-selling author of more than 25 books, including Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their FutureArtificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenges of Becoming Authentic Adults, and theHabitudes® series. He is Founder and President of Growing Leaders, an organization dedicated to mentoring today’s young people to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Ed Stetzer on 5 ways to teach your kids to hate the ministry.

To put it bluntly, a lot of pastors’ children hate the ministry. My team interviewed 20 pastors’ kids who are adults now. They provided some insights that were both inspiring and disturbing. Children with a pastor-parent can grow to hate the ministry for many reasons, but there are five guaranteed ways you can make sure they hate being a pastor’s kid (PK).

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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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Tim Challies on 6 deadly enemies of marriage.

Marriage is under attack. Marriage has always been under attack. The world, the flesh and the devil are all adamantly opposed to marriage, and especially to marriages that are distinctly Christian. Marriage, after all, is given by God to strengthen his people and to glorify himself; little wonder, then, that it is constantly a great battleground.

Thom Rainer on 11 things I learned from pastor’s wives.

The number one challenge for pastors’ wives is loneliness. That issue arose again and again. Many of these ladies have no true confidants. Some have scars from bad relationships. More than a few have experienced depression. Some still are.

Ann Voskamp on The cure for burnout.

The only way to lead a symphony is to turn your back to the crowd, the critics, the court.

Busy all the time: over-scheduled kids and the freedom of the gospel.

As a suburban youth pastor in a context where nearly all of my students attend college, I witness every day the madness and fallout from the frenetic, overloaded schedules of these children. Parents feel helpless and trapped in this lifestyle, while kids are flat-out exhausted and overwhelmed. Three terms capture the tone of statements I hear from parents when they lament over the busyness of their family: robbery, obligation, and inadequacy.

Kevin DeYoung on Yes, we are judgmental, but not in the way you think.

Evangelical Christians are often told not to judge. If there is one verse non-Christians know (after, perhaps, some reference to the “least of these”) is that’s Jesus taught people, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matt. 7:1). Of course, what the casual Christian critic misses is that Jesus was not calling for a moratorium on moral discernment or spiritual evaluation. After all, he assumes five verses later that his followers will have the wherewithal to tell what sort of people in the world are dogs and pigs (Matt. 7:6). Believing in the sinfulness of sin, the exclusivity of Christ, and moral absolutes does not make one judgmental. Just look at Jesus.

Jim Gaffigan on Parenting 4 kids

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Book Notes | The Greatest Communicator

bookI love pretty much any book on communication, leadership or history. Dick Wirthlin’s book The Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me about Politics, Leadership, and Life combine all three beautifully. Dick was in Reagan’s inner circle from 1968 through the end of his life. This book provides a unique perspective on not only Reagan, but also the topics of leadership and communication.

If you preach, this is a book you need to check out.

Here are some lessons that stood out:

  • Leadership is always a battled waged at incalculable costs – both personal and professional.
  • You cannot not communicate.
  • There is no way a human being can do anything without in some way communicating a message – verbally or nonverbally.
  • For better or worse, not what is, but what appears to be, often determines the image of public figures.
  • A leader’s every move has the potential to communicate meaning in powerful ways, either implicitly or explicitly.
  • If you are always prepared you will never have anything to fear.
  • Leadership has the power to persuade in ways that change people’s lives.
  • Persuade through reason. Motivate through emotion.
  • Values are the strategic linchpins of effective persuasion.
  • Great communicators speak for people, not just to them.
  • For a leader, words are themselves a form of action.

New Series @ Revolution Church || Meaning

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At some point in our lives, all of us wrestle with the following questions:

  • What makes life matter?
  • How do I make my life count?
  • How do I make 2013 better than 2012?
  • What do I do when I get bored with my life, my career or my marriage?
  • How do I find meaning so it’s worth getting out of bed and doing something?

As we kick off 2013 at Revolution Church, we are starting a brand new series called Meaning where we will tackle these questions and many more like them.

Sermon Schedule:

Finding Meaning and Purpose
January 13 | Ecclesiastes 1:1 – 11

Experimenting with Boredom
January 20 | Ecclesiastes 1:12 – 2:26

The Seasons of Life
January 27 | Ecclesiastes 3:1 – 15

The Insane Way we Live
February 3 | Ecclesiastes 3:16 – 4:16

Get Rich & Die Trying
February 10 | Ecclesiastes 5:1 – 6:12

What we Learn in Pain
February 17 | Ecclesiastes 7

Poise in Life
February 24 | Ecclesiastes 8:1 – 9:1

Savoring Life and the Good Things
March 3 | Ecclesiastes 9:2 – 12

Don’t be an Idiot
March 10 | Ecclesiastes 9:13 – 10:20

Enjoying Life
March 17 | Ecclesiastes 11

Our Duty
March 24 | Ecclesiastes 12

We meet at Magee Middle School at 8300 E Speedway Blvd. at 10am on Sunday mornings.

This Weekend @ Revolution: Rest, Rhythm & a Sense of Life

So excited for this Saturday at Revolution. My summer preaching break is over and I am back to preaching live at Revolution. We are continuing our series Jonah & David and I’ll be looking at the life of David. There is so much I could talk about this week when it comes to David and the idea of trusting God with the big things in life.

One thing jumped out to me as I thought about what to preach on: Rest, stress, & anxiety.

If you are like most Americans, you have very little margin in your life. You are exhausted at the end of the day, rest is a mirage, a cruel joke that you never experience. You run from one thing to the next. Always tired. Always rushed. The sad thing is that this life for many people. Yet, in Psalm 46 David calls us to be still and rest in God. But what does that look like? How do you rest when you have a newborn? When there is a project due at the end of the month? When a family member is sick you are just trying to hang on?

That’s what we’ll unpack this Saturday. It is defintely going to be a night you don’t want to miss and a great night to bring someone with you. Call them up and say, “You are as busy and stressed as I am and that’s what we’re talking about at church this week, how to live a life that is actually enjoyable. Come with me and we’ll grab dinner afterward.”

I’m looking forward to seeing you this Saturday, at 5pm. 

Remember, we meet at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you Saturday.

When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Andrew Murray has some great insights about how to handle when life doesn’t make sense:

  1. God brought me here. It’s by His will I am in this straight place. In that fact I will rest.
  2. God will keep me here in His love and give me grace to behave as His child.
  3. Then God will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends for me to learn.
  4. In God’s good time, He will bring me out again – how and when He knows. So let me say:  I am (a) Here by God’s appointment. (b) In His keeping. (c) Under His training. (d) For His time.

How we Live

“Humans are alive for the purpose of journey, a kind of three-act structure. They are born and spend several years discovering themselves and the world, then plod through a long middle in which they are compelled to search for a mate and reproduce and also create stability out of natural instability, and then they find themselves at an ending that seems to be designed for reflection. At the end, their bodies are slower, they are not as easily distracted, they do less work, and they think and feel about a life lived rather than look forward to a life getting started.” – Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years