Links of the Week

  1. Michael Hyatt on How to handle people who abuse trust.
  2. Can’t wait for this book to come out.
  3. Tim Keller on Politics and Culture. So many good insights in this piece, but what else would you expect from Tim Keller.
  4. Why Christians go postal over facebook, Jay-Z, Yoga, Avatar and culture in general. I think most Christians go crazy online because they can do it from the comfort of their home.
  5. Ed Stetzer on Trends in church planting.
  6. Growing generosity in kids at Christmas. As a parent, this was a really helpful article.
  7. Mark Driscoll on 10 ways the doctrine of suffering is mistaught. Great insights into how we should handle and think about suffering from a biblical perspective.
  8. Ron Edmondson on 5 do’s and don’ts of how to deal with pastors during the christmas season.
  9. Two reasons church planters often avoid big cities.
  10. Tony Morgan on 10 keys to creating a staff strategy. Great insights.
  11. Here is a great video interview with D.A. Carson. Definitely worth the time, so much wisdom.
  12. Baptisms at an Acts 29 church in Alaska. It was 10 degrees and snowing. These pictures are a beautiful picture of the gospel.
  13. Mark Driscoll on What we tell our kids about Santa Claus. Helpful piece for parents.
  14. Is it disrespectful to Jesus to call it Xmas?

Links of the Week

  1. Never make fun of your spouse. My wife Katie has been doing a series of blog posts on our relationship rules and this one is broken by so many spouses. This one change would make a world of difference in your marriage.
  2. All you need to know about church planting in 3 minutes.
  3. Ron Edmondson on Addressing a porn generation.
  4. 4 lessons from Martin Luther on Marriage. This is a great article.
  5. Dave Bruskas on What I’ve learned from raising daughters. Dave is a pastor in New Mexico and has raised 4 daughters so I’d take that as being an expert on the topic.
  6. Gabe Lyons on A third way for the ‘Christian nation’ debate.
  7. How to leave a church well. Sometimes people leave for good reasons and leave well, but often they leave for poor reasons and leave the church by throwing rocks. Love the example from the book of Acts, maybe that is why churches today don’t see the effectives they did in the book of Acts.
  8. Pastors who suffering from relational anorexia. Pastoring is one of the loneliest jobs on the planet, but there are some things you can do to fight it.
  9. Tony Morgan on Signs you have a vision that inspires. These are right on, the clarity at Revolution has inspired people and repelled people. Vision divides and that is okay.
  10. Who needs porn when you have MTV? This is crucial for parents to keep in mind as they raise kids and what they allow on TV. (Note: there is a semi-explicit photo accompanying the article).
  11. 10 easy bible verses for kids to memorize. We have a verse of the week at our house and it has been awesome to see the kids start memorizing scripture.
  12. Loving our Muslim neighbors. This is a great video panel discussion with J.D. Greear and Thabiti Anyabwile.
  13. Christopher Wright on The biggest obstacle for world missions is idolatry. This is a convicting article.
  14. J. Oswald Sanders on Are you ready to be a leader? These are great questions to work through if you want to enter into leadership or have a desire to take on more leadership in your church or business.

Links of the Week

  1. 7 reasons your church plant won’t make it. This list is right on.
  2. 7 marriage lessons I learned on the dance floor.
  3. Here is a great debate that Pastor J.D. Greear had with an Imam about about whether the God of the Bible of the God of Islam is more compassionate. J.D. is the author of the great book Breaking the Islam Code.
  4. The most and least churched cities in America. Tucson is in the top 10 least churched cities in America.
  5. Perry Noble on 18 myths singles believe.
  6. What is the main point of the book of Genesis? Great interview with Bryan Chapell.
  7. The latest update on our adoption.
  8. 2 Chilean miners accept Christ while underground.
  9. Most books on being missional are written to guys or leaders, but I came across http://themissionalmom.com this week. Great stuff on what being a mom, raising a family on mission looks like.

Links of the Week

  1. Dustin Neeley on What I learned about ministry from The Hurt Locker.
  2. Long live the sermon. Here is a great resource on why preaching matters, how to put together messages that will impact people and it’s only $9.
  3. How to cut your to-do list in half. This is a great concept.
  4. Tim Stevens on The pain of growth. This is a great post and really resonated with me as we have been talking as an elder and staff team about growth and how we continue growing at Revolution. This is right on.
  5. Mark Driscoll’s Date night tips. Some great stuff here. Katie and I love Thursday nights for date night.

Links of the Week

  1. Scott Thomas on What it means to be missional. There is a lot of confusion about this and this is a great look at what it means to be missional.
  2. Living together vs. being married.
  3. Michael Horton on Why substitutionary atonement is crucial. Great article.