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. How to become as interesting as Malcolm Gladwell.
  2. Tim Challies on The art and science of the humblebrag.
  3. Rodney Stark’s Myth Busting.
  4. Mark Regnerus on A mom and dad really do matter.
  5. How to know if you are Christian celebrity wannabe.
  6. Joe Thorn on What small churches can do.
  7. How to become an optimist.
  8. Barnabas Piper on God’s justice in the tragic death of a child.

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. 13 tips for giving a killer presentation.
  2. Thom Rainer on The #1 reason for church decline and what to do about it.
  3. A warning to wandering Christians.
  4. Matthew Barrett on Pastor, bring your bible to church. I agree with this and bring my iPad and my Bible when I preach.
  5. Kevin DeYoung on 5 commitments to those struggling with same sex attraction.
  6. Why everyone should see The ButlerI’m definitely intrigued by this film.
  7. Russell Moore on The moral majority to the prophetic minority.
  8. Confessions of a broken pastor’s wife. This is heartbreaking to read.

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. How to uncomplicate your life.
  2. Russell Moore on How to explain the same sex marriage debate to your kids.
  3. Preachers of L.A. I can’t believe this is real.
  4. Tim Challies on 8 ways Satan convinces you to question your salvation.
  5. Joe Thorn on How open air preaching went.
  6. Walt Mueller on Teens and plastic surgery. If you are a parent of teenagers or a student pastor, you should be reading Walt’s blog.
  7. 10 things every Christian should know about Islam.

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. Leaders need solitude. Here’s why and how to do it.
  2. Acts of kindness for your pastor.
  3. The National (one of my favorite bands) just released their new album and Pitchfork has a great look at the band.
  4. Stop work overload.
  5. Joe Thorn on Reading profitably. I recently blogged about the same thing.
  6. How a leader should respond to criticism. This was timely for me.
  7. My wife Katie just started blogging on my blog, which I think will be helpful for the female readers especially as she has a ton of wisdom. Here’s her first blog post.
  8. Sam Storms on the Cure for spiritual burnout.

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. One church planter reflects on the gospel coalition conference.
  2. Jason Helopoulos on Why pastors quit. Lots of wisdom for pastors and for church members to know what pastors go through.
  3. How pastors can thank wealthy givers.
  4. Joe Thorn on Why you shouldn’t be late to church. Totally agree.
  5. What do you do when you find out your favorite band is a Christian band?
  6. Brian Howard on How to get home from work early.
  7. Carey Nieuwhof on If you miss your family, you will miss everything.

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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

Links I Like

Links to Check Out

  1. Jared Wilson on So you want to date my daughter. This is a must read for every father. 
  2. Slow down, you move too fast
  3. Joe Thorn on Rebuilding a healthy schedule
  4. 3 questions to ask before posting something on Facebook or Twitter
  5. Tim Keller on Hypocritical Leadership.

Why I Preach Like I Do Part 4

I’ve been talking this week about how we preach at Revolution. You can read part 1part 2 and part 3 in this series if you missed them.

For part 4 I want to talk about preaching from your own journey. Pastors often talk about if you should preach from your devotional life or keep that separate. Personally I’m not sure the answer to this question matters. As a pastor, you need to have a personal devotional time with Jesus each day. You need to be in his word, allowing it to soak your soul and speak into your idols and sin patterns. You need the gospel. If you haven’t read Joe Thorn’s book Note to Self, this is a book worth checking out on preaching the gospel to yourself.

For me, my devotional life is directly linked to my sermon prep. Each week, before diving into the commentaries, I spend hours meditating and praying through the passage I’m preaching on. Books I’m planning to preach through I use for my devotional time.

Because I plan our sermon calendar 12 – 18 months in advance, by the time I get up to preach a sermon, I’ve been thinking about the passage for over a year. My preaching is simply an overflow of that. This is one of the reasons I’m able to preach with very few notes. When I get up to preach, I have my big idea, main things I want to say, but the rest of what I say comes out of my study, prayer and thinking on a passage and topic.

This helps me to preach not because it is the weekend and I’m supposed to preach but because I have something to say.

The Incarnation (The Video we Started our Services with Tonight)

Here is the video we started our Christmas Eve services with tonight at Revolution Church.

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Check out Odd Thomas on the Incarnation in this spoken word piece and video created for Trinity Church in Portland. Humble Beast is a label putting out solid hip hop from Christian artists and they give away a lot of albums. Be sure to visit their website.

Source: Joe Thorn.