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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Carl Lafterton on 6 ways to look godly without really growing.

This time last year, I mentioned six ways to look godly while not growing in your faith — and then spent 2013 battling them, falling for them, and finding several other ways, too. So here, for 2014, are six more ways to look great while doing little…

Kevin DeYoung on The 10 commandments of twitter.

And the Lord of Twitter spoke all these words saying, I am the Lord your God, who gave thee computers and tablets and smartphones, the Holy One of all social media who foreknew the internet before the foundation of the earth, yea even when the world of handles and hashtags was without form and void.

5 ways to fight entitlement in your kids.

On the one hand, you want to provide your child with every advantage. On the other hand, sometimes it feels like when you do that, you’re feeding an incredibly unhealthy characteristic in our culture.

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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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  1. 8 Ways You Might Be Losing People in Your Sermons.
  2. Derek Rishmawy on Oprah Puts Rob Bell on Her Spiritual A-Team.
  3. Dear Parents with Young Kids in Church.
  4. Mike Lee on 5 Kinds of Youth Ministry Parents.
  5. God does not create all pastors equally.
  6. Barna on The most post-Christian cities in America. Not surprised, but saddened, at how high Tucson is. Revolution, let’s plant more churches!

#Hashtag w/ Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake

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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  1. 12 ways to preach like Rob Bell and not be a heretic. Even though I disagree with Bell on a host of theological issues (see my review of Love Wins), he is one of the greatest communicators out there. 
  2. Walt Mueller on How youth workers and parents can respond to pornography.
  3. How to use Evernote.
  4. Mark Driscoll on How to create a preaching schedule.
  5. How to create a culture in your church.

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I Worry

Here’s what I lay awake at night and think about:

  • Health
  • What will my kids be like when they grow up
  • Finances
  • The economy
  • Will the Steelers get their act together this year
  • My parents aging
  • Will Revolution be successful
  • Safety

All of us worry. It is natural. In fact, some of us worry about worrying too much.

But is worry a lack of faith?

Jesus seems to think so in Matthew 6. After talking about giving and having God’s perspective when it comes to money and stuff, after laying out how to pray and get rid of the idols in our heart, after walking through how and why to fast and talking about what God values versus what we value he says some startling words, “Don’t worry, don’t be anxious about anything.”

How can he say that?

Jesus knows that if we have God’s perspective on life, money, stuff, food we will have faith in a big God that can do anything. You get the sense that Jesus sees worry as not only something we shouldn’t do, but it might even border on sin.

Why?

Worrying about something means we lack faith and trust in God. It means we think something is too big for God.

30 Day Sex Challenge: Day 21 (Married Guide)

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Everyday, I’ll be posting the 30 day sex challenge guides, both married and singles. Here is day 21:

What is your first memory of sex?

How did your parents handle the topic?

How does that awareness affect your marriage?

Read Song of Songs 1:2 – 7.

Journal your answers to these questions, any thoughts from the passage and what you are praying for.

30 Day Sex Challenge: Day 19 (Singles Guide)

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Everyday, I’ll be posting the 30 day sex challenge guides, both married and singles. Here is day 19:

What is your first memory about sex? Is it good, bad, or indifferent?

How did your parents treat the topic of sex?

Read Colossians 3:5 – 10.

Journal your answers to these questions, any thoughts from the passage and what you are praying for.

30 Day Sex Challenge: Day 15 (Married Guide)

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Everyday, I’ll be posting the 30 day sex challenge guides, both married and singles. Here is day 15:

How well do you fight or handle conflict?

How did your parents handle their conflicts?

What traits from your parents did you bring to your marriage?

Read Song of Songs 2:8 – 3:5.

Journal your answers to these questions, any thoughts from the passage and what you are praying for.