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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Charles Stone on 8 ways pastors can refresh their tired souls.

The degree to which you love yourself corresponds to the degree to which you love others. Caring for ourselves was difficult for us to do without feeling guilty. We unwittingly thought that dying to ourselves for the sake of the gospel meant dying to marital intimacy and joy in life. We had died to something God had never intended we die to.

J.D. Greear on 4 things you should pray for your pastor.

One of the greatest joys in my life is serving as pastor. But ministry can be both messy and exhausting. That’s why I am so thankful for the prayer warriors in our congregation. I truly believe that one of the main reasons the Summit has grown is simply that God has answered the bold prayers of those in our congregation. The most important ministry anyone in our church can be involved in is that of prayer.

Why most churches are not reaching unchurched 20-something’s.

We want to ask questions.
Voice our doubts.
Explain our struggles.
Confess our sins.
Confide our fears.

And we want the church to do it with us.

Ryan Huguley on Sweat your sermon intro.

The first pastor who really taught me about preaching once told me, “If you open strong, close strong, and hit your transitions, your sermon will take care of itself.” While it’s a bit more complicated than that, he was largely correct. Many sermons fall apart before they even start, crash and burn because of an inability to “land the plane”, or lack clarity due to confusion in transition.

David Murray on The 10 types of church leaders.

The case for fewer friends.

When it comes to friendship, quality matters more than quantity.

Peter Leithart on Are Christians obsessed with Sex?

Are Christians obsessed with sex? I would ask, “Compared to whom?” Peter Leithart argues, “Faced with these charges, we get defensive and protest that we are equally concerned with other things – with economic evils, with militaristic violence, with the degradation of the environment. We shouldn’t be defensive. We should say that we’re concerned about sexual behavior and norms precisely because of the effect they have on the poor, the way sexual immorality is linked with violence. We should say that we guard God’s commandments regarding sex because violation of those commandments will produce social chaos. Sexual behavior and sexual norms are a key barometer of social health. If things are disordered in our bedrooms, they will be disordered in boardrooms and cabinet offices.”

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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. 7 habits of highly successful leaders under 30.
  2. Eddie Becker on 8 things I wish Jesus never said.
  3. An update on the new album from The Civil Wars. Can’t wait for this album to come out.
  4. L.A. Weekly on The top 20 punk albums of all time. Not surprised by #1.
  5. Selfie deception.
  6. Geoff Surratt on 5 ways to fight distractions. And squirrels. Some really helpful things in this list.
  7. 3 things that will kill your church plant in the first year. These will also kill or stall an established church.
  8. Larry Osborne on 3 mission essentials for churches.
  9. Things indie rock fans hate. This is a funny list and I’ve thought many of these things.
  10. 2 things you must do with your sermon.

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. 20 reasons why going to the gym is a waste of time. This will make you laugh.
  2. Michael Lukaszewski on 10 ways to be miserable as a pastor. I’ve done almost all of these at one point or another. Great list.
  3. How Ryan Huguley preps a sermon.
  4. Relevant Magazine on The state of music in 2013.

Evolution of Music

Links for Your Weekend Enjoyment

  1. Mark your calendars for Planet Rev’s Family fun night on June 15 at Chic Fil-A.
  2. Helping a pastor’s wife on Sunday morning. Great insights for what churches can do to help a pastor’s family during church.
  3. Michael Cusick on How porn affects your brain.
  4. Competitive mothering.
  5. Ron Edmondson on 8 ways to finish a job well.
  6. Something every preacher should keep in mind.
  7. Shawn Lovejoy on The lure and danger of fame.
  8. Make your family time for effective.

Links of the Week

  1. Can fidelity work in a movie?
  2. Brad Lomenick on Leadership lessons from playing point guard.
  3. 9 things pastors should know about how adults learn.
  4. Mark Driscoll on 6 ways sex is a gift.
  5. 9 keys to lasting in ministry. This is golden.
  6. Ron Edmondson on How to make your ideas better.
  7. 5 lessons small churches can learn from large churches.
  8. Jonathan Dodson on Getting through challenges to missional communities.
  9. 10 trends that will shape student ministries (and the larger church). This is a great list to consider.
  10. Voddie Baucham on The elephant room. I thought this was a helpful perspective.
  11. How to deal with anxiety as a leader.
  12. Rick Warren on Building a leadership structure for growth.
  13. 7 signs you are burning out and Finding relief from burnout.
  14. If Facebook tempts you. Some good thoughts here especially if you gave up Facebook for Lent.

Links of the Week

  1. The leadership of the Apostle Paul.
  2. Scott Williams on Leadership is like riding a bike.
  3. Jonathan Dodson on Keeping missional communities healthy.
  4. Voddie Baucham on his new book “Family Shepherds.” Anything he writes on biblical manhood and womanhood is worth reading.
  5. Stream the new worship album from Austin City Life. So good.
  6. 12 signs someone is not a good leader.
  7. Relevant magazine on When revolutionaries grow up.
  8. Why the world is wrong about marriage.
  9. Tony Morgan on How leadership teams empower leaders.

Links of the Week

  1. 10 Questions to increase volunteer engagement.
  2. Luke Simmons on How to start family worship.
  3. Indications of a thriving supernatural church plant.
  4. Mike Breen on How do you make missional disciples.
  5. Is your church too cool?
  6. Scott McClellan on A different kind of pew research. This is a great insight for pastors.
  7. How can God possibly use brokenness in a pastor’s life.
  8. Al Mohler on Should the scriptures be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern age?
  9. Why young Christians aren’t waiting anymore.
  10. Brad Lomenick on Leading millenials.
  11. Stream the new Phil Wickham album. So good.

Links of the Week

  1. Speaking well of your spouse. This is crucial in any marriage, I also find it dictates if a marriage is healthy.
  2. Russell Moore on Who’s afraid of a woman president?
  3. Revival and preaching.
  4. Steven Furtick on Make the ball come to you. Great leadership principle.
  5. Relevant Magazine wrote two articles, 6 Things That Divide Christians & 6 Things That Unite Christians. Great reads.
  6. Ted Kluck on What happens when the worship leader is the one being worshiped?
  7. James MacDonald on Preaching.

Links of the Week

  1. Michael Hyatt on How to shave 10 hours off your week. Such helpful stuff, I can attest that these do shave time off your week.
  2. Ron Edmondson on 7 suggestions for a pastor or pastor’s wife to find true friends. Great tips here as this is incredibly difficult.
  3. Relevant magazine on The friends with benefits epidemic. This will be one of topics we cover in week 3 of The Vow
  4. How pornography and our culture’s view of sex has perpetuated sex trafficking. This is a fascinating article if you are a man, father, wife or raise a boy. Wow.
  5. What churches can learn from Starbucks.
  6. Trevin Wax on The book Erasing Hell. Sad that a book like this needs to be written to defend what Scriptures say about heaven, hell and eternity. But it is a helpful book on the topic.