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.


  1. What is the role of a campus pastor in a multi-site church? Can’t wait for Revolution to plant our first church and we have dedicated staff in this role.
  2. Luke Simmons on A leader needs to love the people they have now.
  3. Billy Graham answers what he would do differently. So insightful.
  4. Brian Howard on How to keep pornography out of your home.
  5. Why worship music should be loud.
  6. Meredith Fineman on Please stop complaining about how busy you are.
  7. The introverted mother.
  8. David Murray on How to criticize a pastor.

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New Coldplay song from “The Hunger Games”

12 Favorite Movies of 2012

I love movies. And because it’s the end of 2012 and I’ve been sharing my lists of favorites in 2012 (you can read my favorite books, albums, honorable mentions on albums and top posts), I thought I’d share my favorite movies of the past year (most of the information in the quotes are from wikipedia). There are 13, because I couldn’t narrow it down to 12.

13. There Be Dragons

I can’t believe this movie isn’t more popular. It was stirring movie. There Be Dragons is a 2011 English-language historical epic film written and directed by Roland Joffé. It is a drama set during the Spanish Civil War which features themes such as betrayal, love and hatred, forgiveness, friendship, and finding meaning in everyday life. The film was released on 6 May 2011. It includes the story of soldiers, a journalist, his father, and a real life priest, Josemaría Escrivá, later canonized as a recent Roman Catholic saint, the founder ofOpus Dei.

12. Anonymous

Anonymous was absolutely fascinating, such a great movie. It imagines what would’ve happened if Shakespeare did not write his own plays, but was in fact simply using the works of a ghost writer who wanted to not be known. It is a 2011 political thriller and pseudo-historical drama film. Directed by Roland Emmerich and written by John Orloff, the movie is a fictionalized version of the life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, an Elizabethan courtier, playwright, poet and patron of the arts. It stars Rhys Ifans as de Vere andVanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth I.

11. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 Anglo-French espionage film based on the 1974 novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré. Set in London in the early 1970s, the story follows the hunt for a Soviet double agent at the top of the British secret service.

10. The Amazing Spider-Man

I was skeptical about this movie, feeling like we already saw the story, but was impressed with it. 

9. The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy. In The Bourne Legacy, Aaron Cross, a member of a black ops program whose agents are genetically enhanced, goes on the run once Bourne’s actions lead to the public exposure of Operations Treadstone and Blackbriar.

8. Wanderlust

This was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time.

7. The Descendants

George Clooney plays a man with 2 daughters, who owns a lot of land in Hawaii that his family wants him to sell and profit from and his wife is in a coma and while in a coma, he finds out that his wife was having an affair. A moving film.

6. Warrior

MMA, a great soundtrack, what else do you need to know?

One more thing? Katie was skeptical and didn’t want to see it. I watched it while she was out one night and she came home and there was an hour left in the film. She watched for a second, sat down and finished it.

5. The Hunger Games

The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem, where boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 must participate in the Hunger Games, a televised annual event in which the “tributes” are required to fight to the death until there is one remaining victor. The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the games. Joined by her district’s male tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), Katniss travels to the Capitol to train for the Hunger Games under the guidance of former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson).

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

This film was sad, raw and moving. It will make you cry and move you all at once. A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

3. The Dark Knight Rises

Such a great way to finish this franchise of films. Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

2. The Avengers

Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Loki. You should’ve seen this by now.

1. Lincoln

If you haven’t seen this yet, you are missing out on the best film of the year. Simply incredible.