- Seth McBee on Satan in the suburbs. Great reminder of how Satan shows up when people are on mission, yet Jesus is more powerful.
- 4 keys to creating momentum in your church.
- Nick Bogardus on The search for authenticity.
- Text and tweet during a church service.
- Tim Challies on Is a wife’s job harder than her husband’s job?
Normally when I share a review of a book I’ve read, I’ll share what jumped out at me, made me think or was worthwhile. I simply highlighted or earmarked too many pages to do that, I’d end up copying the book.
Here’s the version: if you are a blogger, a leader, a speaker, an author, a band, or a pastor. Anybody who has a brand, a product or a cause that you want others to hear about, get on board with, or spread. This is the only book you need to buy.
In the book, Michael covers how to maximize your blog, your brand, twitter, Facebook. The do’s and don’ts of all of them. I made pages of notes that will all make an enormous difference. Face it. If you are a blogger, leader, pastor, author, speaker, band, or want to be. You want to be heard. You want people to get on board with what you are doing.
This is the book.
- Charles Stone on Preaching sticky sermons. Great post.
- Brad Lomenick on How to get things done. Super helpful.
- 4 reasons to preach through books of the Bible. This sums up why we preach like we do at Revolution.
- Leadership training that works.
- Scott Williams 5 reasons you should tweet in church.
- 5 books you should read if you preach or if you want to preach.
- If you are a parent at Revolution Church, here is why you need to pick up the family bible study each week.
- Using Pinterest for the glory of God.
- 11 ways men can lead their families.
- Dave Kraft on Dangers leaders face.
- Social media explained.
- Ryan Huguley on The hats pastors wear.
- Dane Ortlund on The right and wrong way to receive criticism.
- What is the role of a pastor’s wife/church planter’s wife? I did a whole series on the role of a pastor’s wife, still one of my most read series I’ve ever done.
- From Victoria’s Secret Model to Proverbs 31 Wife.
- Brandon Cox on The Savior-Sensitive, Seeker-Sensitive Church. Love the idea of learning from those you disagree with.
You probably won’t be surprised by this, but a new study shows that we’re having a harder and harder time disconnecting. Even vacations are becoming workcations. Check these stats out…
- Seventy-nine percent of respondents have taken their work-related device with them on vacation.
- More than one-third of respondents admit to hiding from friends and family in order to check email on vacation.
- Nearly half of survey respondents admitted to traveling up to 10 miles just to check email during a vacation.
- More than one-third of respondents admit to checking mobile email even during such vacation activities as skiing, horseback riding and biking.
Once a year, I take a digital detox. This week is that. A week with no phone, no email, no twitter, blog or Facebook. All the posts you’ll see this week were written ahead of time.
I will admit, this is harder than it sounds. In fact, after telling other pastor’s and leaders about it, most of them said they could never spend a week with their phone off. I have learned that this is a much needed practice to stay healthy in leadership. The more and more our lives revolve around technology, the more and more crucial I believe it becomes for us to pull away from technology for a period of time.
I think many pastor’s are worried the world will end if they are out of touch. The leaders at Revolution know how to get a hold of me if the world ends. In that case, Jesus will be here so it will be okay.
I’m looking forward to a week of pouring into my family (I’ve learned that this practice goes a long way with Katie and showing her how important she is), reading some novels, taking afternoon naps and generally doing nothing.
- Christianity Today on Sex, money…pride? Why pastors are stepping down.
- Michael Hyatt on Why you don’t get retweeted.
- Discerning the idols of your heart.
- Guy Kawasaki on 7 reasons why your blog fails.
- A prayer for pastors before and after preaching.
- Videos from the gospel coalition conference on church planting. So good.
- Casey Graham on 3 mistakes pastor’s make when they talk about money.
- Depression claims more and more pastor’s.
- Jon Nielson on Why students stay in church after graduating high school. Stats are really bad in this area, but this is a great look at what keeps those students.
- Tim Elmore on Growing gratitude in your kids at Christmas. A must read for parents.
- Catalyst December Young Influencer List.
- Audio from “The man” conference with Dave Bruskas. I haven’t listened to them yet, but Dave is a great speaker and I’ve heard they are a great challenge to men.
- What is the emerging church? Mark Driscoll answers that question.
- Jeff Vanderstelt on What it means to be a gospel centered church. A great picture of what lays ahead for Revolution.
- 10 reasons to preach expository sermons. This is the kind of preaching we do at Revolution and I love what it has done in our church.
- How leaders should use Facebook and twitter. Some helpful tips and questions here to use for guidelines.
- A father’s role in his children going to church when they are adults. This sums up why Revolution has the target it does.
- Looking for some great books on the Bible, how it was written, the authority of the Bible, etc? Check out this list.
- Brandon Hatmaker on How to know if leadership is lacking in your church or organization.
- Scot McKnight shared about his time at LCBC. This is a church in the town I grew up in that is doing some pretty amazing things. And I have a friend on staff there, Jason Mitchell.
- Is your church healthy? Church health is one of the most important things a leader keeps his pulse on.
- How the new Chris Tomlin CD came about.
- Matt Keller on 6 tools to remember someone’s name.
- Michael Hyatt on The best way to read blogs. He suggest google reader, which is what I use. Saves a ton of time.
- A scary, but interesting article on sleep apnea.
- How churches are using twitter, blogs and Facebook. If you aren’t using these as a pastor, you are missing a great opportunity. Speaking of which, you can follow Revolution on twitter here and join our Facebook page here.
- Since yesterday was Thanksgiving, I shared some things I am thankful for.
- A pastor in Florida has banned his church from Facebook. Any thoughts?
- If you are a new Christian, here is a good place to start.
- Jani Ortlund on The 6 second kiss. This is a great concept for couples.
- The Village Church on Churches planting churches. Right now, we are starting to work through plans to plant our first church as Revolution. I’m hoping this happens in the next 2 – 5 years. This vision is also one of the reasons I am excited about Revolution joining Acts 29.
- To your tweets into a journal.
- Sam Harris of Fast Company wrote an article about contradictions in the Bible. Justin Holcomb and Matt Perman wrote two great responses to the article. You can read Justin’s here (love Justin’s title Why Fast Company need to do their homework) and Matt’s here. On the same topic, if you have questions about the Bible, how we got it, if there are contradictions in it. A great book to check out is The Big Book of Bible Difficulties.
- Is the church afraid of modesty?
- Jamie Munson on Leading your family in stewardship. One of the roles of a husband/father is to lead their family. The area of stewardship, how your family spends their money, time and resources all fits under the category of stewardship.
- How great leaders aspire action.
- Ed Stetzer’s take on George Barna’s research on the resurgence of the reformed camp.
- Josh Buice on The troubling view of Joel Osteen. Joel has a new book out and was recently on The View and continued his teaching of not wanting to offend anyone with the gospel.
- The journey of Lecrae. If more rap was like Lecrae, I would listen to more rap.
- Perry Noble on The price of being a leader.
- Is it possible to be too nice as a leader? Ron Edmondson thinks so, great stuff.
- Mark Driscoll on Daddy christmas tips. These are great and a must read for every dad.
- Katie and I spent this week in Phoenix at the Acts 29 boot camp. In case you missed them, here are my notes from the different main sessions and breakouts I attended.
- Scott Williams on Creating a not to do list. This is one of the greatest things I ever did as a leader.
- Tim Challies on Hope in a pornified world.
- How to prepare for church and how to act at church to be an active participant.
- Todd Rhoads on You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. This is a sobering idea when you think in terms of your life and who you give your time to.
- 5 ways to get the most out of a sermon.
- J.D. Greear on What counts as plagiarism in a sermon?
- Social media and discernment. Don’t agree with all the points, but some good thoughts.
- True woman ran an interesting article on guys and pornography and what hope women have.
- Are you more excited about gospel centeredness or the God of the gospel?
- Cal Thomas on The Olbermann factor.
- A Christian couple is barred from adopting because of their beliefs concerning homosexuality.
- Matt Perman on a Theology of workflow and productivity.