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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Justin Lee on When Christian’s are Christianity’s worst enemy.

I’m a Christian. I’m proud of my faith, and I love the church. But sometimes my fellow Christians make me want to scream.

Jessica Stillman on 5 secrets of public speaking from the best TED presenters.

How can you borrow a bit of the magic that garners some TED talks millions upon millions of views? An author of a book on the subject shares some secrets.

Tim Stevens on How to help a leader leave your church well.

These situations are going to be messy. A “good leave” is not defined by lack of mess. It is defined by how both sides respond to the mess and work through it with love and grace.

Trevin Wax on Book notes from Playing God, David & Goliath, and Die Empty.

Will Mancini on The 4 types of church members every church has and how they relate to the mission of the church.

A helpful way to shepherd your people with relationship to the mission of Jesus is to ask two simple questions: 1) Is the person clear about the vision of your church? 2) Is the person wanting to make a contribution?

U2’s new song “Ordinary Love” from the new Mandela movie. Such a great song and I can’t wait to see this movie.

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. Christine Hoover on 25 things a veteran church planter’s wife has learned about church planting. I couldn’t agree more with this list. So much truth here.
  2. What churches can do to prevent sexual abuse in their church.
  3. Darryl Dash on How many hours should a pastor work in a week.
  4. Victoria’s Secret is coming for your middle schooler. A must read for parents of daughters.
  5. Russell Moore on Should Christians boycott Starbucks.
  6. Knowing how much access to give as a pastor and leader. Great insights.
  7. An open letter to the church from a lesbian.

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. Tim Stevens on You have to give up to go up. Great leadership principle.
  2. Rick Warren on Picking great books.
  3. Preaching for the home run. My preaching professor told me, “Don’t preach for the home run, just preach to get on base.”

Links of the Week

  1. Tim Stevens on Sometimes it is better if the pastor stays home
  2. An open letter to the writer of children’s curriculums. I totally agree with J.D.’s sentiments.
  3. 7 thoughts for next generation leaders.
  4. Elliott Grudem on Why arrogance has no place in reformed theology. Really appreciate this and the spirit of this in Acts 29. This doctrine should bring humility and brokenness not arrogance.
  5. Paul Tripp on The danger of self-defense.
  6. Wendy Alsup on Confessions of a conflicted complementarian.
  7. What churches can learn from Southwest Airlines.
  8. Trevin Wax on Radical sacrifice.

Links of the Week

  1. Dustin Neeley on What I learned about ministry from The Hurt Locker.
  2. Long live the sermon. Here is a great resource on why preaching matters, how to put together messages that will impact people and it’s only $9.
  3. How to cut your to-do list in half. This is a great concept.
  4. Tim Stevens on The pain of growth. This is a great post and really resonated with me as we have been talking as an elder and staff team about growth and how we continue growing at Revolution. This is right on.
  5. Mark Driscoll’s Date night tips. Some great stuff here. Katie and I love Thursday nights for date night.

Links of the Week

  1. 6 keys to efficient running. Many people who run, run in correctly. Which not only causes injury and pain, but makes running less fun than it already is.
  2. When preaching, don’t assume your audience cares about what you are saying. Great advice for preachers, you can’t be lazy. Pay the price.
  3. Tim Stevens on What your boss needs you to be. Everybody who is not the boss at their job should read this.
  4. Nick Bogardus on What I didn’t learn about manhood from Esquire magazine.

Saturday Night Mind Dump…

  • What a night
  • I got to teach on a topic I’ve never preached on but found myself feeling very passionate about it:  the topic of being a woman of God and raising daughters
  • I think too many women give in and settle for what culture offers and calls them to be instead of shooting high for what God intends for them
  • Today is Ava’s 5th birthday, so I preached my sermon tonight from the perspective of my dreams for her
  • I finished my talk tonight by reading a letter I wrote her, you can read it here
  • One of the jobs I have as a dad is chronicling the life of our kids, so every year on their birthday I write them a letter talking about what has happened in their life and our family in the last year
  • I plan to give them a stack of letters on their 18th birthday
  • If you missed tonight, you can listen to it here
  • If you want some practical advice on raising girls, here are some things worth checking out:
  • Whatever happened to modesty
  • Raising girls
  • 10 practical tips on being a dad
  • We had a baptism tonight, I love doing that as a church
  • That is the win for Revolution, seeing lives changed
  • We are having a newcomer’s brunch tomorrow and I think we have more people signed up for it than any other brunch we’ve had
  • I looked out tonight and I was blown away
  • We had more adults there tonight than ever before
  • Found out that one of the kids in Planet Rev became a Christian tonight
  • That never gets old
  • Reading two really good books right now for my coaching network:  Zero to Sixty and Cut to the Chase
  • It was awesome to see one of our elders baptize his daughter tonight
  • Praying that day will come soon for me
  • Got to take a day of solitude this past week up on Mt. Lemmon
  • The longer Revolution goes on and the more it grows, the more this becomes important for me
  • Always helpful to get away and spend some quiet time with God and just listen
  • Read a great book that really spoke to my soul while I was there
  • Pretty excited about our staff team meeting on Tuesday as we are talking about what it will take for Revolution to get to 250 – 300 and beyond and what that means for all our teams and ministries
  • Love the vision and energy and passion that our leaders have and how bought in they are to seeing people find their way back to God
  • My dad comes out next Saturday, always excited to have him out
  • He will be doing Q & A with me next week as I talk about “Raising a boy to become a man”
  • Should be fun
  • Wondering why there aren’t more bands out there as good as The Avett Brothers, seriously, they are amazing
  • We are doing another adoption rummage sale on August 14th, mark your calendars and come out and buy some stuff to help us raise money
  • One of the things I love about twitter and facebook is that after church I get to read what God is doing in people’s lives and hear stories of how people are changed and getting better connected at Revolution
  • What a great tool
  • That’s it for now
  • Next week, do whatever you have to do to get every man you know to Revolution
  • If you know someone who is thinking about getting married, is married, raising sons, whatever, get them to Revolution
  • Seriously

Links of the Week

  1. Ed Stetzer on There is no such thing as “the gift of evangelism.”
  2. Wherever you are…be fully there. Great tips on how to handle yourself in meetings with people. We’ve put many of these things into practice for our staff at Revolution.
  3. John Piper on Advice to pastors:  Preach the Word.

Links of the Week

  1. If you attend church, you need to read this post by Clayton King on how to protect your pastor. Wow. This is right on as to what it can be like to be a pastor and how a church can either help the pastor in fulfilling the vision or stand in the way.
  2. Want to Lead? Prove it. Great post, really simple. If you want to be a leader, start leading. Stop waiting for someone to give you an opportunity.
  3. If you don’t protect your kids in a digital world – who will? Great tips for parents on how to protect your kids in the digital world, really helpful stuff.
  4. Tony Morgan on The loudest voice.
  5. 6 things a leader MUST have.