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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Dorie Clark on Why we can’t stop working.

The ROI of work is immediately apparent. You get instant feedback and, oftentimes, instant gratification in the form of raises, promotions, new contracts, or general approbation. The arc of family life is different. In the moment, it can be banal, boring, or discouraging.

Perry Noble on 7 ways to be rich.

Give it TIME…what we spent years messing up will most likely not be fixed in three days, or even three weeks!

Dave Bruskas on 4 priorities for pastors from Christmas to Easter.

Christmas, with all its ministry demands, has come and gone. You’ve had a few days off. But you are still very tired as you approach the long run to Easter. How should you prioritize your time and energy? What can you do to recover?

Will Mancini on Ministry trends of 2014 leaders can’t ignore.

Sometimes you can dismiss a trend as a fad. Like Crocs, the Harlem Shake, or flash mobs. At other times to dismiss a trend is just a mistake. As in every era, some of today’s trends will become tomorrow’s reality. Innovative leaders aren’t afraid to embrace change and to be some of the first in on the shifts they see around them. In that spirit, here are 5 trends you’ll no longer be able to dismiss in 2014.

Tony Merida on 9 benefits of expository preaching.

Expository preaching is an approach that is founded on certain theological beliefs, such as the role of the preacher according to Scripture, the nature of the Scripture, and the work of the Spirit. Therefore, many of the benefits for doing exposition are hard to measure. However, nine practical-theological benefits are worth noting.

If you miss your family, you miss everything.

7 crippling parenting behaviors that keep your kids from becoming leaders.

I was intrigued, then, to catch up with leadership expert Dr. Tim Elmore and learn more about how we as parents are failing our children today — coddling and crippling them — and keeping them from becoming leaders they are destined to be. Tim is a best-selling author of more than 25 books, including Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their FutureArtificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenges of Becoming Authentic Adults, and theHabitudes® series. He is Founder and President of Growing Leaders, an organization dedicated to mentoring today’s young people to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Ed Stetzer on 5 ways to teach your kids to hate the ministry.

To put it bluntly, a lot of pastors’ children hate the ministry. My team interviewed 20 pastors’ kids who are adults now. They provided some insights that were both inspiring and disturbing. Children with a pastor-parent can grow to hate the ministry for many reasons, but there are five guaranteed ways you can make sure they hate being a pastor’s kid (PK).

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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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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. Rebecca Watson on 6 ways to get more done. These are helpful ideas to be more productive.
  2. What churches can learn from Chick Fil-A.
  3. Thom Rainer on Millenials reject Christians fighting. I’m a pastor and I’m tired of Christians fighting, which makes me wonder how sick our culture is of it.
  4. 5 ways a pastor can handle people leaving their church.
  5. Will Mancini on How to reach 20-something’s. Great profile of what makes Austin Stone so strong.
  6. How Andy Stanley and Tim Keller preach to Non-Believers. Great profile of two great communicators.
  7. Brian Howard on How to find a great youth pastor. This is so true.
  8. An open letter to Mark Driscoll. This whole thing is sad that he would lie on social media to push his book forward.
  9. How to be leaders of meaning in an age of information overload.

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. Kate Conner on 10 things I want to tell teenage girls
  2. Ron Edmondson on 7 common energy and time wasters for leaders.
  3. Thom Rainer on the 5 love languages of pastors.
  4. Epic quotes from Howard Hendricks. Great nuggets of wisdom here.
  5. Scot McKnight on Tips to be a better writer.
  6. Ed Stetzer and the Explosive growth of megachurches.

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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. What I wish someone had told me at the beginning. 100 pastors share their wisdom over the years.
  2. Thom Rainer on 5 things you should know about pastors and their pay.
  3. 6 ways to handle stress at Christmas.
  4. Joe Carter on The queen James ‘gay’ bible. Not surprising someone has done this, sad, but not surprised.
  5. David Fairchild on How to respond to tragedy.
  6. 8 questions every social media strategy must answer.
  7. Watch the conversation (below) every parent needs to have with their kids about a digital footprint.

Links of the Week

  1. Leaders you need to be following on twitter. If you are leader, you should be following the people on this list.
  2. Developing as a preacher. If you want to become a better communicator, read this.
  3. Rediscovering the old fashioned shave. I have to admit, I’m intrigued by this.
  4. Thom Rainer on The lifecycle of a pastor. Helpful stuff for pastors and churches and why some are effective and others aren’t.
  5. Are you in better shape than the average man?
  6. Craig Groeschel on How a pastor trains his church. This is solid stuff.
  7. 23 reasons for rapid church growth.
  8. Reading is one of the things that sets great leaders apart.
  9. Michael Hyatt on 10 mistakes leaders should avoid at all costs.
  10. What we organizations can learn from the leadership of Steve Jobs.
  11. Kevin Eikenberry on 10 great morning habits.
  12. If you are a parent, you need to read this.
  13. Al Mohler on Abortion is as American as apple pie. This is pretty eye opening.
  14. What we can learn from Newt Gingrich’s marriages.
  15. Russell Moore on The gospel in an abortion culture.

Links of the Week

  1. I’m a horrible spiritual leader. This is helpful and encouraging for every man out there striving to be a spiritual leader at church and in the home.
  2. Leadership lessons from the penn state case.
  3. Scott Thomas on Handling angry people.
  4. Jenni Catron on Do You Want to Be Popular or Do You Want to Be a Leader?
  5. Five leadership lessons from Steve Jobs.
  6. Perry Noble on How to know you are nearing a meltdown.
  7. Will Mancini on Removing the invisible walls on your leadership team.
  8. Mark Driscoll on 16 keys to preaching a sermon. This is a must read for any communicator.
  9. Joe Posnanski on The end of Paterno. What is happening at Penn State is horrible, but as a PA native, it is hard to imagine PSU without Paterno. This is a good article on the whole ordeal.

Links of the Week

  1. Will Mancini on 6 ways to know you are coasting from your vision. Vision drift is the easiest thing to do in leadership.
  2. Christians, NY Times & the real culture war.
  3. Register for October’s Together For Adoption conference here in Phoenix. I’m one of the guest bloggers for it.
  4. Preparing your children for the worship gathering.
  5. Jared Wilson on 10 reasons to under-program your church. Couldn’t agree more. It is hard to stay a simple church at Revolution, but totally worth it to help people grow and stay focused on our mission.
  6. 10 characteristics of a great team.
  7. Kevin Myers on Don’t be a “used to” leader.

Links of the Week

  1. According to Christianity Today, being a pastor is a risky profession. This is a helpful article for pastor’s to know the dangers and for their churches to know how to support and pray for their pastor.
  2. Brent Thomas gives his favorite albums of the year so far. Admittedly, I have none of these, some were on the list, but they’re now moving up the list.
  3. How the gospel makes us generous and content with our money.
  4. Ed Stetzer on Freedom of religion has to be freedom for everyone.
  5. New Barna research on how churches are impacting their community and how they are viewed by their communities.
  6. Will Mancini on 6 ways to communicate vision every week. This is helpful and important for leaders to understand.
  7. The missional student ministry. Makes me grateful for the leadership Paul Samson gives to Rev uP.
  8. Pete Wilson Taking a digital detox. I cherish going on vacation, leaving my computer at home and handing Katie my phone so I don’t check it.
  9. Spiritual warfare in the home. This is real and you need to pray against it.
  10. Michael Hyatt on 5 reasons you need to get better at saying “No.”
  11. Instant churches. We are blessed to meet in another church, but I definitely could see us having 1 or more sites that meet in schools in the future.
  12. Charles Stone on 5 really bad ways pastors react when people compare them to more successful churches.
  13. Factors that predict multiplication of communities.
  14. R.C. Sproul on Understanding what the Bible says on homosexuality.
  15. Leadership red flags.

Links of the Week

  1. Can you convince my husband or wife to stay? I get this almost monthly from a man or a woman, it is hard and painful but only Jesus changes hearts.
  2. Mark Driscoll on The gender issue. I believe this is one of the biggest issues facing the American church today and into the future. We need to answer the questions of our culture.
  3. 5 reasons your church isn’t growing.
  4. The gospel coalition on Ministry and depression part 1 and part 2. This is a helpful series as many pastor’s deal with depression.
  5. Motherhood is a calling (and where your children rank). I’m convinced that one of the best places to figure out idols and identities in someone’s life is to look at roles in marriage and parenting. I told a pastor the other day, whenever I preach on it, my email box fills up faster than any other topic, because of the tie to identity and idols.
  6. Why you might be an ear tickling preacher (or an ear tickling church attendee).
  7. Anthony Bradley on Libel is not love. How to criticize well.
  8. Las Vegas church files for bankruptcy. This is not a great message to send. Where is the integrity of this church?
  9. Mobile stats that affect ministry. Churches need to figure out how to be more and more mobile as our world is more and more focused on the mobile web as these stats show.
  10. Matt Chandler, Kevin DeYoung, Jonathan Leeman and Trevin Wax discuss the mission of the church. Definitely worth watching.
  11. Bob Kelleman on Facing depression with Jesus.