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Together For Adoption: Pre-Conference with Tim Chester

Saw this on Steve McCoy’s blog. So excited for this event.

I’ve been very blessed by the ministry & writing of Tim Chester. I’ve read Total Church twice & I’ve reviewed the excellent Delighting in the Trinity. You should also check out his book From Creation to New Creation among others. At the Together for Adoption Conference Tim and Dan Cruver (author of Reclaiming Adoption) are delivering a pre-conference event called “Missional Church, Missional God, Missional Story.” Here’s more from the website

Missional Church, Missional God, Missional Story

Tim Chester and Dan Cruver

Missional church is not simply the latest fad. It’s rooted in the trinitarian character of God and the story of the Bible. Explore the foundations for shaping life around gospel, community and mission along with practical application for church life and the implications for orphan care.

Registration: $75 Per Person

Learn more about this pre-conference event with Tim Chester.

Links of the Week

  1. Sam Storms on Paul the Pastor. This is a great article for any pastor to read.
  2. 5 organizational hazards of leading a growing church. Praying God keeps Revolution from these.
  3. Joe Holland on 8 tips to talking with kids about a sermon. They hear and retain more than you think.
  4. How Tim Keller prays. This is so rich and good, if you click anything this week, click this.
  5. Steve McCoy on Open air preaching. Challenging to think if what caused revivals in the Bible and throughout church history could do it again.
  6. Scotty Smith on Signs you are growing in grace.
  7. Brent Thomas on Rob Bell’s new book and some ways to react. Here are my thoughts on the subject. And here is what Trevin Wax had to say on it, Trevin’s comments are spot on.
  8. Kevin DeYoung on Two thoughts on the Rob Bell Brouhaha. This is incredibly helpful and insightful.
  9. Thom Rainer on How to encourage your pastor.
  10. 7 ways to avoid sexual sin and stay in ministry for the long haul. It seems every week I hear another heart breaking story of another pastor falling out of ministry. It can happen to anyone and these are some great practical tips.
  11. Mark & Grace Driscoll on How to talk with your kids about sex.
  12. Al Mohler on Why so many think same sex marriage is okay. This is helpful insight. I’ve often wondered if in our defense of heterosexual marriage, if we argue the wrong point.

Links of the Week

  1. Tim Chester on How the church is the best example of the gospel. Great video and huge implications for churches and communities on mission. 
  2. Greg Atkinson on What is your vision for 2011? Too many leaders have no idea what their vision is for their church. Do you know?
  3. People want to change. This is a great open door for the gospel.
  4. Ron Edmondson on What happens if leaders are too controlling of other leaders.
  5. Do pro-lifers care about life after birth? This is definitely a challenging question and one that pushed Katie and I to adopt.
  6. Generosity (and stinginess) are contagious.
  7. Generous Justice. This is a must-buy book.
  8. Jim Tomberlin on What multi-site churches and church planting will look like in the next decade. So excited to play some of these things out at Revolution in the next decade.
  9. Duane Smets on Purging the Pugnacious Planter.
  10. Daniel Pink on Becoming a motivational leader. Great insights in this talk, definitely worth watching.

Links of the Week

  1. America, Christmas and Jesus. What Americans believe about Christmas and how they celebrate it.
  2. If you or someone you know is struggling with a porn addiction or know of a marriage that porn is destroying, here are some great resources to help with that. In the fall of 2009, Katie and I did a sermon together on porn addiction and what it does to marriages and it is still our most downloaded sermon at Revolution. You can get it here. Katie also did a series of blog posts for the wives of husbands dealing with a porn addiction that are definitely worth reading.
  3. Was Jesus really born? Here is a helpful article to answer that question.
  4. Michael Lukaszewski on Lazy Leaders. This is one of the differences between leaders who get things and leaders who don’t. Church planters, people don’t want to follow someone who is lazy.
  5. Lots of people do top 10 lists for music, books and movies at the end of the year. Here are my top 10 albums of the year. Two friends of mine, who I trust when it comes to music also posted their lists. See their’s here:  Brent Thomas and Steve McCoy.

Saturday Night Mind Dump…

  • Tonight was a great night and also a reminder of what God is about to do at Revolution but also where we’ve come
  • First, tonight
  • AJ did a great job of leading worship tonight and giving Paul a night off
  • Love that we are developing capable leaders in all areas of our church
  • We had so many first time guests tonight
  • And on a holiday weekend
  • Again tonight we had someone come for the first time that was driving by tonight and saw the signs
  • That always blows me away
  • Love how God is working in people’s lives and that he trusts us with people
  • Humbling
  • I am loving this series
  • I love the content, the way it is challenging our church and that our church is getting to know some great authors and speakers because of this series
  • But, I am so ready to get back up and preach next week
  • Tonight we used a talk from Tim Keller from his great book The Prodigal God
  • Love the perspective he shared on Luke 15
  • So refreshing and challening
  • Unfortunately, due to copyright, we are not able to put it on the podcast
  • You can go here to learn more about the talk
  • If you would like to get sermons from Tim Keller, check out Steve McCoy’s blog here
  • I was reminded tonight of how far we have come
  • Being a holiday weekend, many of our leaders and staff were on vacation and so people stepped in to do things they don’t normally do
  • I told Katie it felt like when we were starting when everyone pitched in to get things done because they needed to get done
  • So glad that we don’t live that way right now as a church
  • We are blessed with the world’s best volunteers
  • I have been reading this book over the weekend and it is great
  • Definitely seeing some things we need to improve on at Revolution
  • The next 2 weeks are going to be crazy at Revolution
  • Not only are we moving in less than 2 weeks
  • But our day camp is happening next week
  • Crazy
  • So excited about the move and what God is going to do in our new location
  • In our first night in our new location, we are kicking off a brand new series called The Perfect Kid
  • This is going to be one of the coolest series we have ever done
  • I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this series and what we will be covering in it
  • I don’t know if you have been watching, but the World Cup has been amazing
  • Kind of sad it is almost over
  • Right now I am hoping for a Netherlands vs. Germany final
  • Definitely the best possible match-up left
  • If you aren’t already, be sure to stay up to date on our adoption
  • Spent the week finishing up the study guide for our Ultimate Fighter series we are doing in August on 2 Timothy
  • Really excited about it
  • Almost done with the application process for Acts 29
  • I think this is going to be a great step for our church
  • Ready for a day of hanging by the pool with family and friends tomorrow, definitely need that
  • I am planning to take a 16 mile run tom0rrow
  • Really excited about that
  • I really am
  • I know that ministry is filled with highs and lows, but right now I am more excited about Revolution than I have ever been
  • We are on the brink of God doing some unbelievable things
  • Be praying for our church and come expecting God to do some great things in our community and through us
  • I really believe we are on the verge of something
  • I’m signing off
  • Gonna lay on the couch with Katie and watch From Paris with Love