Links of the Week

  1. Scott Williams on why Leadership is simple.
  2. The benefits of being a church planting church. I’m praying that in the next 3 – 5 years we plant our first church out of Revolution.
  3. Silence is still an answer. This is a great article on why churches and pastors need to take certain stands on issues and mission. Silence communicates something.
  4. So, why are pastors so fat? This article is right on and it is a big problem for pastors. We need more self control in this area of our lives. You can see my journey here.
  5. How to disciple your wife. Great, easy steps.
  6. Jamie Munson on 4 reasons to expand your church (even when you shouldn’t). I always want Revolution to balance risk/faith with wisdom. This is hard but I believe healthy, effective, growing churches do this well.
  7. 11 signs you are addicted to twitter. Only 5 of these were true for me, I guess that means I’m only halfway addicted.
  8. Teaching church history to kids. Here is a great resource to teach your kids church history, looks great.
  9. J.D. Greear on The goal of preaching. This is a great short video.
  10. Perry Noble on 7 reasons leaders flame out. Great list.
  11. 25 nutritional secrets from Men’s Health. This has been one of the most helpful things in my weight loss journey.
  12. Jani Ortlund on Missional mothering.

Links of the Week

  1. Ed Stetzer on Americans doing it their way. Recently, George Barna came out with some new research on how Americans are connecting to God and there is a surge of creating your own way. This is Ed’s thoughts and how the church should respond.
  2. Perry Noble on Two facts about spiritual warfare part 1, part 2. These are so true and a great look at what a pastor and their family go through.
  3. Church Marketing Sucks on Pick One. Your church can’t be all things, it can be one thing. You have to pick. Even though you think you shouldn’t, your church has already chosen, now, you need to find out what you’ve chosen and become better at that.
  4. Scot McKnight interviews Ruth Haley Barton on The Pastor & Spirituality. Barton’s book Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership is a must read for any leader. Too often pastors forget the spiritual side of what they do, this is a great reminder of why your soul is so important.
  5. Dan Reiland on Top 10 hiring lessons. It is easy to forget these when you are excited about filling a spot, but so important to hire the right person.
  6. Sam Rainer on 10 bad church work habits.
  7. Scot McKnight on Christianity vs. Following Jesus. Is there a difference? Did Christianity get off track at some point? 

Links of the Week

  1. 5 questions Andy Stanley asks while preparing a sermon
  2. Abraham Piper on 5 foundations for a truth-drenched youth ministry. These are also great things to keep in mind for your home and raising kids.
  3. Scot McKnight on Spiritual eroticism. This is a very interesting look at the way many people feel about worship and God and how our churches help to make that happen. Just shows the need for more songs where Jesus doesn’t sound like my boyfriend.
  4. Jonathan Dodson on Simplified missional living. Great ideas on how to be missional in ways that make sense in everyday life.
  5. Churches should learn to shut up. This is sad but true, we often talk without knowing it and we don’t talk when we think we are.
  6. What Perry Noble believes.

Links of the Week

  1. Paul Ingram is blogging
  2. Church Marketing Sucks on Thinking about churches
  3. Tim Keller on Attracting the Irreligious
  4. Matt Chandler Reflects on being a dad
  5. Tony Morgan on 10 reasons why you’re going to fail
  6. Seth Godin on How to create a movement
  7. John Ortberg on The election
  8. Steve Knight on Eternity, Evolution & Emergence (this is fascinating, a real stretching though process, don’t know if I agree, but would be great to debate)
  9. Mark Batterson on Purple cows & churches

Links of the Week

  1. Perry Noble on The pastor’s pain
  2. Don Golden on The missional church
  3. Tim Keel on The election season
  4. Church Marketing Sucks on The Illusion of Community Part 1 
  5. Church Relevance on Family interaction reduces teen sex and substance abuse
  6. Scot McKnight on Abortion (here & here)
  7. Perry Noble on 7 things senior pastors want their staffs to know pt. 1,pt. 2, pt. 3
  8. John Ortberg on The gospel & happiness paradox
  9. Dave Ferguson on What it takes to catalyze a movement
  10. Reggie McNeal on Prayer
  11. Scot McKnight on Where theology is headed
  12. Ed Stetzer Interviews Thom & Sam Rainer (authors of Essential Church)
  13. CNN on How to save $9,000 a year