Links of the Week

  1. Introverts in the church. I haven’t read this book yet, but as an introvert, I’m grateful people are talking about this.
  2. 7 negative effects of porn.
  3. Scott Thomas on What pastors can learn from the Penn State scandal.
  4. Is there a megachurch bubble?
  5. Mike Breen on what the American church will look like in 10 years.
  6. Gospel Coalition on importan female voices in the church.
  7. Andy Stanley on Creating a come and see culture.

Links of the Week

  1. Michael Horton on What is the Church’s Mission?
  2. Grace Driscoll on Being a ministry wife. This is a helpful series for the wife of a pastor, and for those who attend church to understand what it is like to be married to a ministry leader.
  3. Zombies, wine and Christian music.
  4. Mary Kassian on 7 misconceptions of submission. This was good timing for me as I’m preaching on Titus 2 this week.
  5. 12 things a leader CANNOT do.
  6. Ron Edmondson on How to have less stress. Living in this reality right now.
  7. Are you an internet busy body?
  8. Tony Dungy on Accountability and Penn State.
  9. Women have sex out of obligation.

Links of the Week

  1. I’m a horrible spiritual leader. This is helpful and encouraging for every man out there striving to be a spiritual leader at church and in the home.
  2. Leadership lessons from the penn state case.
  3. Scott Thomas on Handling angry people.
  4. Jenni Catron on Do You Want to Be Popular or Do You Want to Be a Leader?
  5. Five leadership lessons from Steve Jobs.
  6. Perry Noble on How to know you are nearing a meltdown.
  7. Will Mancini on Removing the invisible walls on your leadership team.
  8. Mark Driscoll on 16 keys to preaching a sermon. This is a must read for any communicator.
  9. Joe Posnanski on The end of Paterno. What is happening at Penn State is horrible, but as a PA native, it is hard to imagine PSU without Paterno. This is a good article on the whole ordeal.

Leadership Lesson from Joe Paterno & Penn State: Everything Counts Towards Legacy

Reading the reports of what happened at Penn State under Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky is heart breaking and disgusting. Growing up in Pennsylvania, Joe Paterno loomed large over the entire state.

There are a number of things that are sad about this. The victims and how their lives are have been affected and destroyed. The victims we know of and the ones who have never come forward. The sins of Jerry Sandusky and what has driven those things, the heart and lies he has believed to commit those sins.

What is also sad, and the point of this blog post is the affect on Joe Paterno’s legacy. Paterno has coached for 61 years at the same place. In our culture, this is unheard of. When a coach survives 5 years, everyone is surprised. In the same way, if a pastor lasts at a church for 5 years, everyone is surprised (the average pastor stays at a church under 2 years).

I was reminded this morning how everything a person does counts toward their legacy. For Paterno, the longevity, the titles, and now this scandal, all count towards his legacy. The reality though is that while some will remember the wins, his never changing outfit, most will remember and continually talk about the scandal that forced him to retire before he wanted to.

As a leader, it reminds me that everything I do, every decision matters. It can haunt you for years to come.

The decisions of a person or leader also dictate their future, often in ways they don’t want.

Saturday Night Mind Dump…

  • Really hard to put into words what tonight was like
  • We had our highest attendance ever!
  • Let’s see if we can top that next week
  • It is crazy to see what God has done in 1 year at our church
  • Got to baptize 3 people tonight, that never gets old
  • One person posted some pics on facebook
  • There are also some pics on Revolution’s fan page
  • Loved seeing all the first time guests tonight
  • We’ve had over 30 in the last month
  • Unbelievable
  • Got to preach with Katie tonight and share a lot of our journey, but more specifically her journey
  • Really proud of the work she has done
  • If you missed tonight, you can listen to it here
  • Next week we’ll get into the 1 thing that can kill your marriage before and after it starts
  • You don’t want to miss that
  • Forgiving people and working through hurts, pain and wounds is a really hard topic to work through, but so crucial to actually living life
  • Too many people settle and decide to carry burdens and hurts they shouldn’t
  • We had people write down those hurts, wounds, bitterness, anger, etc. on a piece of paper and then rip while doing a prayer exercise
  • It was a powerful way to end the night
  • I loved Paul’s thoughts on the first year of the life of Revolution
  • Here are 15 ways to improve your marriage and 15 ways to destroy your marriage
  • If tonight struck a chord with you, here is a list of books that would be worth checking out
  • We also had a handout on the next steps table that is a very practical exercise when it comes to forgiveness, you can download that here (this is taken from Neal Anderson’s book Steps to Freedom in Christ)
  • Really getting sucked into Dan Brown’s new book The Lost Symbol, hoping to finish it tonight, we’ll see
  • Having lunch this week with Craig Coulter who is a pastor on the Northwest side, he’s been a huge help since we moved to Tucson, always get a lot out of our time together
  • Wiped out right now, here is why I look forward to Sunday mornings at home
  • Finished a great book that is a must read for any pastor
  • It was crazy tonight as Katie and I were talking to realize how far we have come in our journey
  • Our small groups start this week, if you want to get plugged in, send an email to Dave LePeau
  • Hoping for a strong showing from my fantasy football teams tomorrow, I’m 0-2 in the league with a bunch of pastors
  • Unbelievable to me that Penn State can’t beat Iowa, you can’t figure out how to beat the same team that kills you every year
  • But I am feeling really confident about my Steelers against the Bungles tomorrow
  • Mark this on your calendars
  • October 31 we are doing Hallowiin at Lincoln Park
  • This is going to be a huge event and a great way for us to serve and love our city
  • If you are interested in helping or donating stuff, please contact Jennifer Ingram
  • I’m blown away by what God is doing at Revolution right now
  • Excited to be a part of it
  • Revolution, come next week ready to see God do some awesome things, it is going to be a HUGE WEEK!