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. Practicing biblical hospitality.
  2. Geoff Surratt on 3 reasons guests don’t return to your church.
  3. An email from a proud deadbeat dad. Love Matt’s response. Definitely shows what is wrong with men in our culture.
  4. John Piper on Parents, require obedience from your children.
  5. 6 trends in kids ministry.
  6. Carlos Whitaker on 4 tips on how to handle social media with your kids. Great tips for parents.
  7. One father writes a letter to his daughters about body image. If you have a daughter, help her understand biblical body image.
  8. 30 hour work week.

Links of the Week

  1. Dane Ortlund on The radical gospel, defiant and free
  2. Tullian Tchividjian on Ways to obedience.
  3. Dave Kraft on 3 essentials for leaders. This a must see for leaders.
  4. D.A. Carson on The central message of the Bible.
  5. Ron Edmondson on 7 pillars of great leaders.
  6. 3 reasons your church is stuck.

A Story from the Giving Challenge

A few weeks ago, I laid out the 90 day giving challenge to our church, which we are in the middle of right now. One of those doing the challenge recently sent me this story and I wanted to share what God is doing through this challenge:

“With this last giving challenge, we decided we would up our tithe and give back to God in a big (but very scary) way. We have been struggling making our mortgage for a very long time and had applied for a home modification time and time again for the last year and a half. Last month our lender sold our mortgage to another bank who said we had to start the lengthy process and paperwork all over again.  We resorted to the fact that we most likely would lose our home and have to move our family of five to a smaller more affordable home, but we started the paperwork over once again while praying for God to move in a big way. Then the other day we went to the bank and took out the largest amount we have ever tithed (which in cash looks like so much more when you have bills that need to be paid). After getting home from the bank there was a package from the new lender. Our lender offered us a permanent loan modification by reducing the amount of our loan and dropping our interest rate to an astounding 2%! This meant our mortgage has actually been reduced by 50% and we are able to stay in our home! By being faithful and giving God our finances, we have been so blessed and feel very grateful!!”

Love seeing how God works when we are obedient.

This Weekend

I’m so excited about this Saturday, so much is happening in our community. We are less than 5 weeks away from our launch, 15,000 direct mailers will hit homes this weekend, we are doing a community fast from Friday into Saturday and Austin will be helping us out by leading worship this weekend. His help is such a God thing.

It is also part 4 of our Transformed series on 1 John and I will be talking about how we obey God, how do we listen to God’s voice, how do we follow his lead. It comes from one place, and it is much easier than we think. See you Saturday at 5!