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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Lara Croft on Depression and the Pastor’s Wife.

My struggle with depression is not the result of being a pastor’s wife. If my husband was in another vocation I believe I would still struggle. However, being a pastor’s wife intensifies this struggle. The exhausting nature of caring for the church, the temptation to carry the burdens of those who are struggling in our midst, the demands on our time and on our family, and the spiritual battle that we daily face all contribute to exhaustion and vulnerability. This exhaustion is especially intensified as we try to do all of these things in our own strength, apart from God. Therefore, finding pastors and their wives struggling with depression is not uncommon.

Kayla North on May have a compromise? Great parenting advice that we use.

When people hear our kids ask, “May I have a compromise?” they tend to look at us a bit funny. They seem completely confused when we respond to our kids as if their request for a compromise is normal. But at our house it is normal. In fact, it’s a request we hear no less than a dozen times each day.

10 possible reasons your church isn’t growing.

In the end, healthy things grow. The mission of the church at its best throughout the centuries has been an outward mission focused on sharing the love Jesus has for the world with the world.

Chad Pierce on The Religion of Crossfit.

CrossFit is demanding. It can be expensive. It takes time, commitment and a willingness to be pushed beyond your comfort zone. It does not make things easier to get more to sign up. The opposite is true. People are flocking to it because it demands much.

Trevin Wax on Why pastors should engage in social media and what they should know.

Here’s the truth: people are communicating through Tweets, Facebook, and blogs. I recommend pastors join Facebook and Twitter in order to be involved in the conversations of their people.

Brandon Hilgeman on 5 common preaching mistakes.

Being a pastor is hard work. This is especially true for those of us who carry the heavy expectation of preaching a mind-blowing, original sermon every seven days. Because of this difficulty, many pastors make simple preaching mistakes that can be easily corrected. These common mistakes can often be the difference between a memorable message and a forgettable one.

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Why Your Worldview Matters

A worldview is a set of assumptions (beliefs) that may be true, partially true, or entirely false, which people hold (consciously or unconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic makeup of our world.

A worldview supplies answers to certain rock-bottom questions that work together to provide what seems to be a coherent frame of reference for all thought and action in regard to the world. James Sire lists seven questions. Your answers to these questions make up your worldview:

  1. What is really real?
  2. What is the nature of the world around us?
  3. What is a human being?
  4. What happens to a person at death?
  5. Why is it possible to know anything at all?
  6. How do we know what is right or wrong?
  7. What is the meaning of human history?

From Look Before You Lead: How to Discern & Shape Your Church Culture by Aubrey Malphurs.

This Weekend @ Revolution || Mother’s Day & Being Made New

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I am so excited about this coming Sunday at Revolution Church. It will be the first time we have met on Mother’s Day as a church. To celebrate, we are providing FREE family pictures for anyone. So families, couples, groups of friends, or if you need a new Facebook picture, we have you covered. This will happen an hour before and after our service this week.

We are also continuing our brand new series Jesus Changes Everything and looking at what it means to be made new. I’ll be preaching from John 3:1 – 15 if you want to read ahead. Maybe you have felt like you aren’t new or still struggle with many past sins or hurts, or maybe you still do things you wished you didn’t do. Yet, the Bible says that when we begin following Jesus we are made new, not improved upon, but made completely new.

This week, we’ll look at what being made new means, how to know if you are new and the steps Jesus lays out for us to follow Him as He makes us new.

This will definitely be a week you don’t want to miss!

I’ll see you this Sunday at 10am and be sure bring someone with you (you never know when a simple invite will make an eternal difference).

Remember, we meet at 8300 E. Speedway Blvd. at 10am.

Links of the Week

  1. Mike Breen on Keys to integrating mission & discipleship with your life. Great stuff.
  2. There’s no such thing as free porn.
  3. Brian Tracy on 3 easy habits to a healthy lifestyle.
  4. 5 reasons most people won’t become wealthy.
  5. Mike Anderson on How to start projects well.
  6. How Andy Stanley handled a heckler in his sermon.
  7. J.D. Greear on Does your church have what it takes to reach college students.
  8. The 6 types of people you meet in church planting.
  9.  Al Mohler on a major victory for Christian liberty, also see CNN’s Religion Blog’s take.
  10. Resources for discipling your children. Lots of helpful things here.
  11. Jared Wilson on Jesus was religious.

Links of the Week

  1. What the CNN religion blog learned in one year. Shows how prevalent religion and spirituality is in our culture, news stories and how passionate people are about it.
  2. Are you smarter than Anthony Weiner?
  3. Atheists and agnostics know more about the Bible than Christians. Sad.
  4. Jared Wilson on 3 musts for pastors that don’t get put in their job descriptions.
  5. Pete Wilson on Deeper preaching.
  6. Actually, that’s not in the Bible.
  7. Perry Noble on What a husband needs to understand about his wife. Read this, pass this on. So good. Here’s a great line from the article, “if having your wife “not leave you” is the only goal you have for your marriage then you officially suck as a husband.”
  8. 10 reasons why missional communities fail part 1 and part 2.
  9. Ben Reed on Lessons from preaching. This is a good picture into what the weekly role of preaching can do to a pastor.
  10. James MacDonald on Congregational government is from Satan. A strong title, but so true when it comes to what the Bible says.
  11. Jonathan Dodson on Is religious pluralism really tolerant.
  12. 4 ways to be the church for dummies. This is a high compliment for a church.
  13. How to not grow a healthy church.

Are you Wise?

“I do not know that at any point the opposition between the spirit of the world and the Spirit of Christ is more marked, more obviously diametrical, than with regard to this feature of character. That “the meek” should “inherit the earth” – they who bear wrongs, and exemplify that love which “seeketh not her own,” – to a world which believes in high-handedness and self-assertion, and pushing the weakest to the wall, a statement like this of the Lord from heaven cannot but appear an utter paradox. The man of the world desires to be counted anything but “meek” or “poor in spirit,” and would deem such a description of him equivalent to a charge of unmanliness. Ah, brethren, this is because we have taken in Satan’s conception of manliness instead of God’s. One Man has been shown us by God, in whom His ideal of man was embodied; and He, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, threatened not, but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously; He for those who nailed Him to the tree prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” The world’s spirit of wrath, then, must be folly; whilst than a spirit of meekness like His, in the midst of controversy, oppositions, trials of whatever kind, there can be no surer evidence that Jesus is made of God to His people wisdom. We have here again what may be described as the central thought of this epistle, that where religion [the gospel] has real saving hold of a mind and heart, it cannot from its nature but powerfully influence the outward life; and that the more a Christian has of true wisdom and spiritual knowledge, the more manifestly will his life at all points be governed by his religion [faith]. Talk of orthodoxy and Christian experience, however fluent and animated and clever, does not of itself prove wisdom; the really wise man will “show his work.” -Robert Johnstone, A Commentary on James

Saturday Night Mind Dump…

  • Awesome night tonight at Revolution
  • I am loving preaching through the book of Philippians
  • Can’t wait to preach 3:12 – 15 next week, it is going to be awesome
  • Tonight was all about the things we add to the gospel, some on purpose, some not on purpose
  • It is amazing the things we add to the gospel as a way to keep us righteous
  • The gospel is to be the most freeing thing, yet for many Christians they feel less free than they did before encountering the gospel
  • Which is sad
  • If you missed tonight, you can listen to it here
  • The band nailed the song “You are more”
  • Perfect wrap up to my talk tonight
  • It was awesome to have my Dad and sister at church tonight
  • There in town to watch our kids this week, but I always like getting to preach in front of my family
  • I think it is still weird for my sister to see me preach
  • One of my favorite parts of church is being able to pray with people after the sermon
  • Things are on schedule for our adoption, if you would like to give to it, one of the best ways is to buy some coffee
  • Every pound you get, half of it is donated to our adoption
  • We announced our Christmas offering tonight
  • We are hoping to raise $6,000 to give towards church planting, missions, benevolence and our day camp
  • So excited for our baptism next week
  • The stories of transformation is simply amazing
  • Katie and I are going to the Acts 29 boot camp this week to get assessed for Revolution to join Acts 29
  • Really excited about being a part of Acts 29
  • We would definitely appreciate your prayers Thursday morning when we are getting assessed
  • In case you are looking for some resources to go along with tonight’s talk in terms of legalism and freedom in the gospel, you can check out these books
  • Right now, I am reading a great leadership book
  • Really challenging
  • Speaking of reading, if you are curious how to get the most out of reading, check this out
  • Excited about watching a day of football tomorrow with my dad, will definitely bring back memories
  • Topped off with getting some wings tomorrow night with some guys
  • In case you are curious about what drives Revolution, this video explains it
  • That’s it, I’m heading to bed

This Weekend @ Revolution: Religion is Crap

Many people have different ideas about what God wants and what it takes to get to heaven. Scripture is very clear that there is nothing we can do to earn God’s love or God’s favor. Yet, many Christians live as if this were possible. Some Christians have a mental list of rules, things they don’t want to break as a way of staying holy.

This boils down to what gospel you believe in and put your hope in.

Many in our culture hold to the gospel of success. If I am more successful, then God will love me. Some hold to just trying to do good. If I am a good person, God will love me. Some hold to the gospel of happiness. If I am happy, God must love me. The list goes on and on. The point is that all of us believe in some kind of gospel, something that we believe will make us right with God and bring us happiness.

The question is, “Do we believe in the right gospel? The gospel of Jesus.” The only gospel that will make us right with God and bring us the joy and fulfillment that we seek.

Saturday, as we continue our series The Blessed Life, we will look at this idea of gospels and get to the heart of what we believe in and if that gospel will do what we hope it will do. In terms of joy (the theme of Philippians), this gets to the heart of why many people in our culture and churches are not joy filled, are miserable, unhappy and unfulfilled. If you weren’t there this past Saturday, I would encourage you to listen to the message as it sets up where we are going this week very well. You can listen to it here.

I think Saturday is going to be a powerful night because I believe it has the potential to bring the freedom, joy and fulfillment that you have always longed for. You don’t want to miss it and don’t miss the opportunity to bring someone with you and make an eternal difference in someone’s life. Come expecting to see God move and do something huge in our lives.

Also, if you are interested in taking the next step of getting baptized on November 13th, email Chuck Tommervik to get signed up so we can get you the details.

Remember, we meet at 5pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you Saturday.

 

Saturday Night Mind Dump…

  • Awesome night tonight
  • Started off kind of rough as tonight’s topic was one I wrestled with all week and struggled to make it attractive and convince everyone that it is a need to listen to
  • I told Paul before the service, “I don’t have any hook, I just have the Bible”
  • Amazing how that is always enough
  • One of my favorite parts of social media is seeing what people say about church on twitter and facebook and what they’re learning
  • The band nailed the song “By Your Side”
  • Wow
  • It was definitely a holy moment after that during communion
  • Had a great time with the kids at a Halloween party last night
  • I went as a surfer
  • Got to pray with some hurting people in our church tonight
  • It is humbling that God entrusts us with the people he does and it is overwhelming what people are going through
  • Tomorrow were having a Halloween dinner with a bunch of our neighbors and then going trick or treating with them
  • Regardless of what you think of Halloween as a Christian, it is a great chance to meet your neighbors and build relationships to share the gospel
  • Don’t miss this opportunity
  • Curious about the music I listen to or what new albums to buy, check out Music Monday
  • Narrowed down what we’re preaching at the beginning of 2011 this week, James and then Judges
  • James is by far one of my favorite books of the Bible
  • Can’t wait to preach through Judges, so many good stories in that book
  • Love the next steps people take each week
  • It is amazing to me that every week we have people who take the step of becoming a Christian, or taking the step to start honoring God with their finances
  • It is awesome to see
  • Katie is taking a retreat day this week, so I’m hanging alone with the kids on Monday
  • Excited to be with them and for her to get away
  • We’re having a baptism on November 13th
  • If you want to take this step, email Chuck Tommervik to get signed up
  • My dad and sister are coming out this week to see us, pretty excited to have them
  • Had my phone interview with Acts 29 this week
  • Can’t wait for Revolution to be a part of the Acts 29 Network
  • I’m excited about a day of football watching tomorrow
  • It is the first Sunday in 6 weeks that I’m not preaching somewhere
  • Definitely need the down time
  • T-minus 9 days until Katie and I get to spend 4 days in Phoenix without any kids
  • Thank you Jesus
  • Right now we’re working through our plans for 2011 at Revolution, would definitely appreciate your prayers for wisdom as we talk through budgets and what we feel God is calling us to in the next year
  • Excited about next week as I’m talking about “Religion is Crap”
  • It’s gonna be awesome