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. Rebecca Watson on 6 ways to get more done. These are helpful ideas to be more productive.
  2. What churches can learn from Chick Fil-A.
  3. Thom Rainer on Millenials reject Christians fighting. I’m a pastor and I’m tired of Christians fighting, which makes me wonder how sick our culture is of it.
  4. 5 ways a pastor can handle people leaving their church.
  5. Will Mancini on How to reach 20-something’s. Great profile of what makes Austin Stone so strong.
  6. How Andy Stanley and Tim Keller preach to Non-Believers. Great profile of two great communicators.
  7. Brian Howard on How to find a great youth pastor. This is so true.
  8. An open letter to Mark Driscoll. This whole thing is sad that he would lie on social media to push his book forward.
  9. How to be leaders of meaning in an age of information overload.

Lots of Cheap Kindle Books 4.18.12

There are a ton of great kindle books for cheap today:






Links of the Week

  1. Mark Beeson on Encouragement and leadership. Great stuff.
  2. 6 tips for preaching on easter from Mark Driscoll.
  3. Brian Dodd on 12 warning signs of unhealthy leadership.
  4. Steven Furtick is unapologetic about being all about the numbers. I’m with him.
  5. Geoff Ashley on Grow up and get married. This is the most helpful piece I’ve seen on shepherding, loving and challenging single adults.
  6. Matt Carter on What missional communities do.
  7. Randy Alcorn on The doctrine of hell. If you read Love Wins or have questions about it, this is a helpful post to check out.
  8. Forbes Magazine on the coming men’s movement. Wonder when the church will catch up and reach men and speak to who they are and give them a biblical picture of what they are to become.
  9. Jeff Vanderstelt has a new blog, check it out.

You Know You are Pastoring a Missional Church When…

This came from a talk Matt Carter gave on how to lead on mission and how to know if you are actually pastoring a missional church:

  1. The church leader’s job is to equip people for ministry (Ephesians 4:11).
  2. The body (the church) works together properly (Ephesians 4:16).
  3. You know you are pastoring a missional church when it is filled with missional people.
To read the rest of the article or listen to the talk, go here.

Links of the Week

  1. Brian Croft on How much a pastor/elder should share with his wife. This is a dicey call and one that is helpful to have some input on for a variety of reasons.
  2. Steven Furtick on Grace is power. Really challenging and encouraging.
  3. The Christian divorce rate myth.
  4. Insights on church planting from Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter. A must read for any planter or pastor, wow.
  5. Michael Lukaszewski on 5 steps to a good sermon.
  6. Some thoughts on Sarah Palin and women working outside the home when they have young kids.
  7. Dave Kraft on Leadership made simple.
  8. Tim Keller on Preaching to himself.
  9. Check out Aaron Spiro’s new album “Love.”
  10. Steven Furtick on We don’t pray enough (but not in the way you think).

Links of the Week

  1. 52 key sermons from John Piper. I am a big John Piper fan and if you are new or have listened to him before, this is a great list. It pulls 52 of his sermons from a variety of topics, a great introductory to John Piper and theology.
  2. J.D. Greear on What is the gospel.
  3. AT&T is acting just like a church. I have verizon and eventually will get an iPhone, but this is pretty interesting look at how AT&T is acting like a lot of churches.
  4. Mark Driscoll on What is idolatry. This is a great article.
  5. Thabiti Anyabwile on I’m a complementarian but women must be taught and they must teach.
  6. Where have all the leaders gone? This is right where I am being challenged right now:  how do we raise up leaders, train people to lead in the world’s they inhabit and be on mission everyday?
  7. Paul Tripp on Parenting is never an interruption.
  8. Matt Carter on Missional Communities. This is really challenging me right now as we think through how to take mission and community to a new level at Revolution.
  9. How and why to do daddy dates. I do these with our kids and Dads, I can’t stress how important this is.
  10. Books every leader should read. I’ve read a lot of these, but this list definitely added to my list.
  11. David Wooten on 10 ways you and your church can be involved in orphan care in 2011. This is definitely something on our hearts and these are some great ideas.
  12. This past week, Tucson was rocked by a tragedy. Here are some thoughts from Kevin DeYoung on The tragedy and God’s gift of moral language.
  13. What is the message of the Bible in one sentence?

My Notes from Acts 29 Boot Camp in Phoenix

Katie and I spent the last two days in Phoenix at the Acts 29 Boot Camp. In case you missed them, here are my notes from the sessions:

  1. “Leadership & the Surge” | Darrin Patrick
  2. “Theology & the Surge” | Wayne Grudem
  3. “Coaching breakout part 1” | Scott Thomas
  4. “Mission & the Surge” | Matt Carter
  5. “Preaching & the Surge” | Justin Anderson
  6. “The Future & the Surge” | David Kinnaman
  7. “Networks & the Surge” | Scott Thomas
  8. “Coaching breakout part 2” | Scott Thomas
  9. “Missional Communities Breakout” | Ed Marcelle
  10. “Gospel & the Surge” | Jeff Vanderstelt

Acts 29 Boot Camp: Mission & the Surge (Matt Carter)

The third session of the Acts 29 boot camp in Phoenix was with Matt Carter and his talk was “Mission and the Surge.” The theme Surge is about moving the gospel into the city. You can follow updates from the boot camp here.

Here are some thoughts from his talk:

  • The attractional model of church alone will not get the job done
  • When was the last time the gospel brought you to tears?
  • Love your savior more than your mission or else your savior will have no part of your mission
  • The church cannot stop its message with “Come to us” there has to be more
  • If the Spirit of God is showing up at a place and you are on mission, you will grow
  • Jesus would make a horrible megachurch pastor
  • How to be missional communities
  • Change the definition of success for your small groups, success must be about moving a group beyond just gathering, have they found a group of people to engage with for the sake of the gospel
  • We changed how we train our leaders from consumers to self-feeders. Train your church to think and act like missionaries.
  • We are raising the bar really high on what these groups can do.
  • Nothing fosters community like mission