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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Thabiti Anyabwile on A round-up of the holy hip hop squabble.

It’s entirely possible you live in a twitter circle completely independent of my own. If that’s the case, you might have missed something of a internet-age equivalent of strong rebuke of several men participating in a National Center for Family Integrated Churches panel discussion. The segment making the rounds includes a question about holy hip hop and whether it’s appropriate. The panelists shared what can only be described as statements of escalating idiocy and implicit (at least) cultural superiority. Following the NCFIC panel segment on Christian/Reformed hip hop, a number of thoughtful brothers responded. If you missed any of it, here’s a round-up.

Cheryl Connor on The practices mentally strong people avoid.

For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”

Ohio State Study finds Casual sex contributes to depression and declines in mental health.

Those who had casual sex in their late teens and early 20s were significantly more likely to have serious thoughts of suicide as young adults, results showed. In fact, each additional casual sex relationship increased the odds of suicidal thoughts by 18 percent.

Timothy Paul Jones on Why celebrate advent.

Once upon a time, there was a season in the church year known as “Advent.” The word comes to us from the Latin for “coming.” The purpose of the season was to look toward the coming of Christ to earth; it was a season that focused on waiting.

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. Duane Smets on The pruned planter.
  2. 5 questions every sermon must answer.
  3. Rich Birch on 7 signs your church is struggling.
  4. 10 things that should be on your to-do list today.
  5. Cheryl Edmondson on How to handle it when people talk about your husband, the pastor.
  6. How to write the bottom line in your next sermon.
  7. Dan Black on Benefits to breaking your normal routine.
  8. Tony McCullom on Your first 500 sermons will suck.
  9. What keeps leaders up at nights.
  10. J.D. Greear on What’s the deal with the ‘T’ in LGBT?
  11. Luke Simmons on What I admire about Mormon missions.
  12. An unknown pastor is not the same thing as an ordinary pastor.
  13. Aimee Byrd on Women preaching and blogging. Great insights here.

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 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. Barnabas Piper on You’re asking the wrong questions.
  2. One thing all successful churches must have. The one thing might surprise you. It did me.
  3. Trevin Wax on Is the Bible too violent for kids? I love that we use the gospel project in Planet Rev and how they have put it together and don’t gloss over what is in the Bible.
  4. Some pastoral wisdom from Thabiti Anyabwile. This is pure gold for a pastor.
  5. Bob Johnson on Questions a potential church planting wife should ask.
  6. Ron Edmondson on the 7 most exciting thing a pastor experiences and the 7 biggest frustrations a pastor experiences. These are all true.
  7. Thom Rainer on 7 things pastors would like their churches to know about their kids.

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. Dane Ortlund on 10 ways to make your preaching clearer.
  2. Getting through a preaching slump. I can relate and this is solid advice.
  3. Luke Simmons on Money is a thermometer and thermostat for your heart, faith, trust in God, and shows your spiritual maturity.
  4. Quit calling your wife hot.
  5. Brad Hambrick on When policies in a church on sexual abuse fail. This is really helpful for churches.
  6. Colin Hansen on The new purpose of marriage. This is our new culture, but one that can be redeemed by what Scripture says about marriage, sexuality and identity.
  7. Thom Rainer on Helpful hints from visiting churches. This list is pure gold for pastors.

Base Jumping off Mt. Everest

Links to Start Your Week

Since I was out of the office last week, I skipped this, so I have a ton for this week. So, here are some links to start your week:

  1. Motherhood as a mission field. Whenever I hear a woman say, “I’m just a wife and a mom” I want to scream. Somehow, we have taken one of the greatest callings God gave and made it an afterthought. It matters for generations to come what you do as a wife and a mom (and what you don’t do).
  2. Thabiti Anyabwile on Don’t skip church this summer.
  3. While male politicians (leaders) are more prone to scandal.
  4. How Tim Keller’s church are planning for life after Tim Keller.

Links of the Week

  1. Mark Driscoll on The pastor and his wife get to pick their own friends Part 1Part 2 and Part 3. This is a helpful post as it is difficult to pick friends when you are a pastor or a pastor’s wife. People either stay away or they really want to be your friend, both because you are the pastor. Some good things here.
  2. John Piper on gay marriage. Some helpful biblical insights into this issue and what Scripture has to say about it and what our response as followers of Jesus should be.
  3. Ron Edmondson on Pastors learning to say “no.”
  4. Husband, Understand your Wife.
  5. Michael Hyatt on What are you doing to protect your marriage?
  6. Children are a glorious inconvenience. I love having our daughter Ava in the service each week. Is it hard? Sometimes. It is worth it for her to be part of the community, see worship, hear teaching, watch adults be the church? Yes.
  7. Are romance novels porn for women?
  8. I’m not a Christian, but I’m coming to your church this weekend. Great reminders for pastors and churches.
  9. Thabiti Anyabwile on Don’t make your pastor a statistic.
  10. A sovereign God and human action.

Links of the Week

  1. 52 key sermons from John Piper. I am a big John Piper fan and if you are new or have listened to him before, this is a great list. It pulls 52 of his sermons from a variety of topics, a great introductory to John Piper and theology.
  2. J.D. Greear on What is the gospel.
  3. AT&T is acting just like a church. I have verizon and eventually will get an iPhone, but this is pretty interesting look at how AT&T is acting like a lot of churches.
  4. Mark Driscoll on What is idolatry. This is a great article.
  5. Thabiti Anyabwile on I’m a complementarian but women must be taught and they must teach.
  6. Where have all the leaders gone? This is right where I am being challenged right now:  how do we raise up leaders, train people to lead in the world’s they inhabit and be on mission everyday?
  7. Paul Tripp on Parenting is never an interruption.
  8. Matt Carter on Missional Communities. This is really challenging me right now as we think through how to take mission and community to a new level at Revolution.
  9. How and why to do daddy dates. I do these with our kids and Dads, I can’t stress how important this is.
  10. Books every leader should read. I’ve read a lot of these, but this list definitely added to my list.
  11. David Wooten on 10 ways you and your church can be involved in orphan care in 2011. This is definitely something on our hearts and these are some great ideas.
  12. This past week, Tucson was rocked by a tragedy. Here are some thoughts from Kevin DeYoung on The tragedy and God’s gift of moral language.
  13. What is the message of the Bible in one sentence?

Links of the Week

  1. Never make fun of your spouse. My wife Katie has been doing a series of blog posts on our relationship rules and this one is broken by so many spouses. This one change would make a world of difference in your marriage.
  2. All you need to know about church planting in 3 minutes.
  3. Ron Edmondson on Addressing a porn generation.
  4. 4 lessons from Martin Luther on Marriage. This is a great article.
  5. Dave Bruskas on What I’ve learned from raising daughters. Dave is a pastor in New Mexico and has raised 4 daughters so I’d take that as being an expert on the topic.
  6. Gabe Lyons on A third way for the ‘Christian nation’ debate.
  7. How to leave a church well. Sometimes people leave for good reasons and leave well, but often they leave for poor reasons and leave the church by throwing rocks. Love the example from the book of Acts, maybe that is why churches today don’t see the effectives they did in the book of Acts.
  8. Pastors who suffering from relational anorexia. Pastoring is one of the loneliest jobs on the planet, but there are some things you can do to fight it.
  9. Tony Morgan on Signs you have a vision that inspires. These are right on, the clarity at Revolution has inspired people and repelled people. Vision divides and that is okay.
  10. Who needs porn when you have MTV? This is crucial for parents to keep in mind as they raise kids and what they allow on TV. (Note: there is a semi-explicit photo accompanying the article).
  11. 10 easy bible verses for kids to memorize. We have a verse of the week at our house and it has been awesome to see the kids start memorizing scripture.
  12. Loving our Muslim neighbors. This is a great video panel discussion with J.D. Greear and Thabiti Anyabwile.
  13. Christopher Wright on The biggest obstacle for world missions is idolatry. This is a convicting article.
  14. J. Oswald Sanders on Are you ready to be a leader? These are great questions to work through if you want to enter into leadership or have a desire to take on more leadership in your church or business.

Links of the Week

  1. Catalyst on Key leadership principle for young leaders. This has been hard for me to do, still is hard for me to do, but being faithful with what God has called you to is so important. Stop looking at others and ahead of you, just do what you are called to do. Great reminder.
  2. Sam Rainer on Signs of a struggling local church. Even though the news is grim when it comes to local churches, with what I see God doing at Revolution and other churches in Tucson, I’m excited. We are kicking a dent in hell and this list will help to keep us on track.
  3. Thabiti Anyabwile on When to make changes. This is a great look at how to make changes in a church or organization.
  4. Greg Despres on Does leadership skip a generation? Great reflections on Andy Stanley’s The Next Generation Leader book.
  5. David Putnam on Common mistakes church planters make. This list is right on. I/we’ve made most of these.
  6. Perry Noble on 10 questions leaders need to ask. Great list.
  7. Steven Furtick on The power of regret. It is good (sometimes) to be reminded of the journey we have taken, what God has saved us from, the grace he has extended to us.
  8. Katie had a great post on Supporting the man in your life. This came from our small group discussion, it is right on when it comes to what a man needs and the role his wife plays in his life.
  9. The Daily Dish on The odd lies of Sarah Palin. Regardless of your opinion on her politically, this is a great reminder that at the end of the day, as a leader, integrity, your word is all you have.
  10. Ray Ortlund on Jesus Jr. We miss what Jesus is all about and instead of seeing ourselves in the image of God, we try to make God in our image.