Links for Your Weekend Reading

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Patrick Lencioni on The healthiest organizations win.

A healthy organization is one that maintains a cohesive leadership team, establishes clarity about what it stands for, communicates that clarity repetitively, and puts in place processes and systems to reinforce that clarity over time.

 How one church is using orderliness to attract millenials.

Jen Wilkin on Daughters and dating and how to intimidate their suitors.

Here’s the problem with shotgun jokes and applications posted on the fridge: to anyone paying attention, they announce that you fully expect your daughter to have poor judgment. Be assured that your daughter is paying attention. And don’t be shocked if she meets your expectation. You might want to worry less about terrorizing or retro-fitting prospective suitors and worry more about preparing your daughter to choose wisely. And that means building a wall. Instead of intimidating all your daughter’s potential suitors, raise a daughter who intimidates them just fine on her own.

The #1 lie parents believe about social media.

The #1 lie parents believe about social media is that that they have to be as tech savvy as their kids. Why is that a lie? Because you will NEVER be as tech savvy as your kids.

Thom Rainer on 10 tips to becoming a more productive pastor.

Pastors are thus expected to “run the race” constantly. But how can a pastor keep the pace in this marathon of ministry without burning out? How can a pastor remain productive with such demands? Allow me to offer ten tips to becoming a more productive pastor.

6 Tips to getting a better night sleep.

OK GO new song (Always blown away by the creativity of this band and this is incredible)

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Rest

The 10 commandments have been fascinating me today as I’m reading through Deuteronomy. Here’s my other post on them.

I think it’s interesting that in the 10 commandments, God spends more time on the sabbath command than any of the other ones. Sabbath gets 4 verses, the others get one each.

Why?

I think for a few reasons, it is the hardest one to keep. It is the one that takes the most faith because it requires us to give up control. When we sleep, when we rest, we stop doing things. The things we stop doing are often the things we find our identity from. We stop working, which at least for me, is easy to get my identity from. After all, I get paid for my job. I do it for most of my week. People know me as a pastor. It is easy for this to be my identity. I also need to work to provide for my family so we have money to live, so it is important to say the least.

But what do you do on Sabbath? Are you allowed to do anything?

Deuteronomy tells us to keep the Sabbath holy. The word holy means different, set apart. This means our Sabbath should be different from our other days. Have a different pace, a different rhythm. A different goal because “we are to keep it holy to the Lord.” If the goal of work is to make money, provide. The goal of Sabbath is not that. Sabbath is to be slower, more enjoyable, a stopping of those other things that we do the other 6 days.

Sabbath might mean playing with your kids, taking a nap, watching a movie, reading, taking a run, eating a slow, long meal with friends.

It is to be restful, recharging, different.

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