Links for your Weekend Reading

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.


Chuck Lawless on 10 questions every leader should ask every week.

Most leaders, though, would benefit from more regular evaluations – particularly self-evaluations. Even daily and weekly self-evaluations merit our consideration if we want to lead well, regardless of our position.

12 things TEDx speakers do that pastors do not.

“An idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.” Of course TEDx talkers often have multiple points, but they always have direction: they’re always moving forward to a set conclusion (and that’s all big idea preaching is, for all the flack it gets). They also suggest to the speaker: “Get your idea out as quickly as possible.”

Joe Stengele on 4 time management tips for leaders and pastors.

I get to meet lots of leaders. Some are young, some are old, but without a doubt the ones who get the most done always manage their time well. Most young leaders I meet have no idea how to manage their time. I’m one decade into what I pray will be a lifetime of ministry, and I have made plenty of mistakes, but there are four time management tips I have learned. I pray these will help you as you grow in leadership, by God’s grace.

Brian Dodd on 5 lies men believe. This is so good.

J.D. Greear on Why plant campuses when you could plant churches.

One of the most frequent objections I get to our multi-site approach is this: “Why do you plant more campuses when you can plant churches instead?” Since our church is committed to church planting, I take this objection very seriously. And at first glance, the objection seems rather intuitive—people and money you could be investing in a church plant are instead being re-directed into a campus. This objection, however, is built upon two assumptions: first, that church planting solves the problem of overcrowding; second, that the multi-site approach competes with—or even precludes—church planting. But neither assumption is true.

Dave Page on Why people leave a church plant early.

Those who start the journey with you seldom finish with you. In the church planting world I call this principle THE LAW OF SCAFFOLDING. The people you start the church with are not the people you grow the church with. This is one of the hardest lessons I had to learn as a church planter.

Ruth Graham on The heresy of Jesus Calling

I’m tempted to call this blasphemy. Thomas Nelson specifically requested I not use the word “channeling” to describe Young’s first-person writing in the voice of Jesus—the word has New Age connotations—but it’s hard to avoid it in describing the book’s rhetorical approach.

Todd Rhoades on Are you more like Jay Leno or Jimmy Fallon as a leader?

Leno was, by most accounts, forced out early by NBC.  A new article/commentary at Mashable tells why:  Jay Leno, while he was doing great in the traditional measures (nationwide TV audience in a given demographic) could not make the switch to the future (which included youtube, vine, twitter, facebook, and all the viral directions that TV and late night was going).

Bryan Rose on How to ask the right questions when hiring a church staff member.

Mistakes are most often made when hiring is based on surface characteristics like stage ability, resume experience or fashion sense, rather than on the foundation of church culture. Your values define your church’s culture. Therefore, values should form the basis of your staffing logic, whether the prospective leader is paid or unpaid. Well thought-through interview questions, based on values, could be the difference between a perfect match and the perfect storm.

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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.


  1. Jonathan Parnell on Figuring out what is God’s will for my life?
  2. Why team alignment is so important.
  3. Todd Rhodes on What churches can learn from Google killing Google reader. Lots of insights, I’m sad as I love google reader, but a great leadership move.
  4. If you read this blog through Google Reader, you’ll want to update to Feedly, now that Google Reader is shutting down.
  5. 5 insights behind North Point’s success.
  6. Ed Stetzer on Whether or not the church needs to “get with the times.”
  7. 3 practical ways to increase giving at your church.

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Links of the Week

  1. 52 key sermons from John Piper. I am a big John Piper fan and if you are new or have listened to him before, this is a great list. It pulls 52 of his sermons from a variety of topics, a great introductory to John Piper and theology.
  2. J.D. Greear on What is the gospel.
  3. AT&T is acting just like a church. I have verizon and eventually will get an iPhone, but this is pretty interesting look at how AT&T is acting like a lot of churches.
  4. Mark Driscoll on What is idolatry. This is a great article.
  5. Thabiti Anyabwile on I’m a complementarian but women must be taught and they must teach.
  6. Where have all the leaders gone? This is right where I am being challenged right now:  how do we raise up leaders, train people to lead in the world’s they inhabit and be on mission everyday?
  7. Paul Tripp on Parenting is never an interruption.
  8. Matt Carter on Missional Communities. This is really challenging me right now as we think through how to take mission and community to a new level at Revolution.
  9. How and why to do daddy dates. I do these with our kids and Dads, I can’t stress how important this is.
  10. Books every leader should read. I’ve read a lot of these, but this list definitely added to my list.
  11. David Wooten on 10 ways you and your church can be involved in orphan care in 2011. This is definitely something on our hearts and these are some great ideas.
  12. This past week, Tucson was rocked by a tragedy. Here are some thoughts from Kevin DeYoung on The tragedy and God’s gift of moral language.
  13. What is the message of the Bible in one sentence?

Links of the Week

  1. The Village Church on Churches planting churches. Right now, we are starting to work through plans to plant our first church as Revolution. I’m hoping this happens in the next 2 – 5 years. This vision is also one of the reasons I am excited about Revolution joining Acts 29.
  2. To your tweets into a journal.
  3. Sam Harris of Fast Company wrote an article about contradictions in the Bible. Justin Holcomb and Matt Perman wrote two great responses to the article. You can read Justin’s here (love Justin’s title Why Fast Company need to do their homework) and Matt’s here. On the same topic, if you have questions about the Bible, how we got it, if there are contradictions in it. A great book to check out is The Big Book of Bible Difficulties.
  4. Is the church afraid of modesty?
  5. Jamie Munson on Leading your family in stewardship. One of the roles of a husband/father is to lead their family. The area of stewardship, how your family spends their money, time and resources all fits under the category of stewardship.
  6. How great leaders aspire action.
  7. Ed Stetzer’s take on George Barna’s research on the resurgence of the reformed camp.
  8. Josh Buice on The troubling view of Joel Osteen. Joel has a new book out and was recently on The View and continued his teaching of not wanting to offend anyone with the gospel.
  9. The journey of Lecrae. If more rap was like Lecrae, I would listen to more rap.
  10. Perry Noble on The price of being a leader.
  11. Is it possible to be too nice as a leader? Ron Edmondson thinks so, great stuff.
  12. Mark Driscoll on Daddy christmas tips. These are great and a must read for every dad.

Links of the Week

  1. Katie and I spent this week in Phoenix at the Acts 29 boot camp. In case you missed them, here are my notes from the different main sessions and breakouts I attended.
  2. Scott Williams on Creating a not to do list. This is one of the greatest things I ever did as a leader.
  3. Tim Challies on Hope in a pornified world.
  4. How to prepare for church and how to act at church to be an active participant.
  5. Todd Rhoads on You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. This is a sobering idea when you think in terms of your life and who you give your time to.
  6. 5 ways to get the most out of a sermon.
  7. J.D. Greear on What counts as plagiarism in a sermon?
  8. Social media and discernment. Don’t agree with all the points, but some good thoughts.
  9. True woman ran an interesting article on guys and pornography and what hope women have.
  10. Are you more excited about gospel centeredness or the God of the gospel?
  11. Cal Thomas on The Olbermann factor.
  12. A Christian couple is barred from adopting because of their beliefs concerning homosexuality.
  13. Matt Perman on a Theology of workflow and productivity.

Links of the Week

  1. Perry Noble, Shaun King & Craig Groeschel on How to avoid moral failure
  2. Perry Noble on Terminology or transformation (He talks about churches that give their communities the middle finger, great illustration)
  3. Will Mancini on Stop thinking you are normal
  4. New research on faith and parenting
  5. Mark Driscoll:  John Calvin on Theology

Links of the Week

  1. John Piper wrote a book on marriage
  2. David Dunbar on what missional is  (this is a great article)
  3. Scot McKnight on Obama, Warren and that inaugural prayer
  4. Out of Ur on Rick Warren at Obama’s inauguration
  5. Anna Meadows on Believe & lead
  6. Todd Rhoades Top 10 lists (A must read for leaders)
  7. Perry Noble on 8 signs of a lukewarm blogger
  8. Scott Williams on A leader vs. the leader

Links of the Week

  1. Craig Groeschel on Breaking barriers
  2. Todd Rhoades on Fun with church bumper stickers (this is pretty funny)
  3. Steven Furtick on Setting the atmosphere in worship
  4. Tony Sundermeier on Contemplative activism

Links @ the Start of the Week: Politics, Issues, Economy, etc.

  1. Brian McLaren on Why he’s voting for Barack Obama (here, here, here, here, & here). (interesting, I don’t know if I agree, but it made me think)
  2. Donald Miller on The campaign trail and where he falls on the “issues”
  3. Todd Rhoades on The financial crisis being a good thing
  4. Dave & Christe LePeau on Countdown to election questions (here & here)
  5. Gregory Boyd’s blog
  6. Books:  How would Jesus vote?, Everything must change, Jesus for president, We the purple

Links of the Week

  1. Leadership thoughts from Brian Houston  (Pastor of Hillsong Church in Australia)
  2. George Barna on Young adults and liberals struggle with morality
  3. Scot McKnight on the future of theology
  4. Tony Morgan on reaching young and old generations
  5. Dave Ferguson on missional church planting
  6. Michael Slaughter on unlearning church
  7. Todd Rhoades on customer keeper or rule keeper
  8. Margaret Feinberg Following God in the throes of leadership
  9. Nelson Searcy on 1st time guests (here and here)