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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Jon Foreman (lead singer of Switchfoot) on There are no such things as Christian songs.

The view that a pastor is more ‘Christian’ than a girls volleyball coach is flawed and heretical. The stance that a worship leader is more spiritual than a janitor is condescending and flawed. These different callings and purposes further demonstrate God’s sovereignty.

David Jones on Errors in the prosperity gospel.

No matter what name is used, the essence of this new gospel is the same. Simply put, this egocentric “prosperity gospel” teaches that God wants believers to be physically healthy, materially wealthy, and personally happy. Listen to the words of Robert Tilton, one of the prosperity gospel’s best-known spokesmen: “I believe that it is the will of God for all to prosper because I see it in the Word, not because it has worked mightily for someone else. I do not put my eyes on men, but on God who gives me the power to get wealth.”  Teachers of the prosperity gospel encourage their followers to pray for and even demand material flourishing from God.

Brian Howard on When in doubt, choose your family.

What should I do on a given evening or this weekend? Should I go to a basketball game with a friend who has invited me? Should I take that out of town trip? Should I do that weekend away with the guys? Or should I spend time with my family? How do I decide?

Carey Niieuwhof on 5 ways to connect with your audience (Like a rock star).

I am so not a rock star. And you may not be either. But as a leader I’m a communicator and that means that like you, I want to connect with the people I’m speaking to. On that note…ever feel like you’re not connecting with your audience? Whether you’re speaking, writing or even trying to motivate a small team, we’ve all been there. And we can all learn something from artists like Coldplay on connecting.

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. Rich Birch on How to evaluate a sunday service.
  2. Make sure the books you read actual have a biblical message. Just because it is a “Christian” book or written by a “pastor” doesn’t make it theologically correct.
  3. Russell Moore on How Christians should be involved in politics.
  4. Tim Challies on 18 things I will not regret doing with my wife. Great advice for husbands.
  5. A biblical approach to dating.
  6. David Mathis on Why it’s important for a preacher to find his voice.
  7. Tim Challies on 18 things I will not regret doing with my kids. Dad’s, read this.
  8. How to call people to follow Jesus without an altar call.
  9. Mark Munsey on Quit Mothering.

Able to Teach

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One of the qualifications of being an elder is “able to teach.” Often this gets interpreted as “able to preach.” Which is not the case. Here is a great definition from Thabiti Anyabwile in Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons on what this qualification means:

This ability is not limited to public teaching from the pulpit. Men with this ability might be gifted public teachers, or they might simply be gifted for one-on-one or small-group settings. Some men are not exceptional public speakers, but they are teaching and counseling the people around them from the Scriptures all the times. Such men should not be disqualified from the office of elder.

Links to End the Week

  1. Scott Cochrane on How to be an inauthentic communicator
  2. 9 Marks on Practical ways for a pastor to love his family
  3. Some great kids worship music. I’m always on the lookout for worship music for my kids that is theologically sound and not annoying to listen to, this is a good example of one that made the list. 
  4. Aaron Armstong on How introverts can thrive in an extroverted world
  5. Tim Challies on 6 bullet points on preaching
  6. Julian Freeman on Satan’s desire for mothers and women

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. Some helpful responses to the death of Osama Bin Laden: The Resurgence on Loving Your Enemies, John Piper on Is God glad Osama Bin Laden’s dead?, and Justin Taylor on How should Christians think about the death of Osama Bin Laden?
  2. Perry Noble on I’m sorry your life/church is so normal. My thoughts exactly.
  3. Four reasons your church isn’t growing.
  4. Some wives of Acts 29 pastors share how they develop gospel relationships and how much they share with other women in the church. This is a tough balance as a pastor and wife, to develop community but also to know what to share and with whom.
  5. Sam Storms on What forgiveness is and is not.
  6. Practical tips for expository preaching from Alistair Begg.
  7. Bob Franquiz on Don’t preach to Mom on mother’s day. As crazy as that sounds, Bob is right on.
  8. Susan Hunt on Redeeming Womanhood. Katie and I just taught on this last week and these are some great resources on what biblical womanhood is.
  9. Matt Chandler on Is church membership biblical. This is a great look at what matters in relating to a community of Christians.
  10. Mark Driscoll on How to know if you are called to plant a church.
  11. Russell Moore on Remember the infertile on Mother’s Day.

Links of the Week

  1. Stop hatin’ on other pastors & ministries. This is right on (for the most part). The only discrepency I have with Scott is when a pastor is leading people into heresy. You need to call that out, you don’t need to hate on them, but you do need to address it.  
  2. Pastors are bible guys. I am loving this series by Acts 29 on what a pastor/elder is. Pastors have to be bible guys, men need to be bible guys.
  3. Sam Rainer on church staffing in 2020. This is interesting, no idea if it will come true, but I definitely think some of it will happen.
  4. In America’s, Christian faith, a surprising comeback of rock-ribbed Calvinism is challenging the Jesus-is-your-buddy gospel of modern evangelism.
  5. The gospel and marriage.
  6. Donald Miller on 10 reasons pastors are important.

Links of the Week

  1. The first Clash of the Titans trailer. I love movies like this.
  2. John Piper on When you don’t want to do what you ought to do.
  3. Is your church’s vision too small? I hope this can never be said of Revolution.
  4. Two Interviews with Matt Chander:  Church planting, preaching and leadership & Celebrity, diversity & burnout.
  5. Download a free chapter from Mark Batterson’s new book Primal. This book is going to be awesome, waiting for my copy, any day now.
  6. Respecting doubts: An interview with Tim Keller. There is so much in here, so many great points.
  7. Kevin DeYoung on Be yourself when you preach.