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. 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.
  2. To your tweets into a journal.
  3. 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.
  4. Is the church afraid of modesty?
  5. 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.
  6. How great leaders aspire action.
  7. Ed Stetzer’s take on George Barna’s research on the resurgence of the reformed camp.
  8. 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.
  9. The journey of Lecrae. If more rap was like Lecrae, I would listen to more rap.
  10. Perry Noble on The price of being a leader.
  11. Is it possible to be too nice as a leader? Ron Edmondson thinks so, great stuff.
  12. Mark Driscoll on Daddy christmas tips. These are great and a must read for every dad.

Links of the Week

  1. The Bible and Homosexuality. Great insights into what the Bible says on this topic.
  2. Jamie Munson on 4 ways to destroy your church.
  3. Will Mancini on the 11 minute difference. The first 11 minutes someone spends at Revolution are the most important, love our first impressions, hospitality and set up teams and the effort they put into those first 11 minutes.
  4. Gabe Lyons, author of unChristian, has a new book out called The Next Christians that I’m really excited to read.
  5. According to the NY Times 1 in 3 men prefer video games to sex. Need any other reasons what is wrong with our culture?

Saturday Night Mind Dump…

  • Unbelievable night
  • Tonight was one of those nights where everything came together, God showed up and did some great things
  • Tonight I preached on 2 Timothy 3:10 – 4:5
  • It was all about the bible, how we got it, the point of it, why it matters, what makes it different from other religious texts
  • Loved the conversations afterwards
  • All week I prayed that God would put a passion in our church to know the Scriptures, to want to study them
  • Love the flow of the passage tonight:  after Paul tells Timothy to know the scriptures and why he should know them, the point of them and what they do, he then says “So you can be equipped for every good work”
  • I wonder if God doesn’t use us because he knows we aren’t ready for it, we aren’t equipped yet
  • If you are interested, here is a list of articles and books to check out on how the bible was put together, what it means that it was inspired by God, etc.
  • If you missed tonight, you can listen to it here
  • Have a crazy week this week, would appreciate your prayers
  • Should be fun speaking at MOPS, I’ve never been so I’m not sure what to expect
  • I shared this week that Katie and I have decided to homeschool
  • If you are curious, here is why
  • I didn’t get into it tonight, because it didn’t fit my topic, but when it comes to discerning heresies in our culture, this is a big one in the church right now
  • Crazy to me how many Christians have bought into this book so blindly
  • I’m beat and I’m going to eat some food and watch the U of A game
  • Don’t miss next week as we wrap up our Ultimate Fighter series
  • And be thinking about who you are going to bring on October 2nd
  • Let’s pack it out

Recommended Resources on The Bible

Tonight I preached on The Bible, how we got it, what makes it different and important, and how to read it. It is hard sometimes to know who to believe when it comes to the Bible. Below are some books and articles I’d recommend for you to check out on the Bible:

Books

Articles

The Shack

I often get questions from people about the book The Shack and I didn’t get into it tonight, but it goes right along with my talk tonight about the Bible, truth, doctrine, error and false teaching. Here is a video that I found helpful in critiquing the book.

In case that is too harsh of a critique, here are two more that are a little more toned down and probably a little more helpful, especially if you liked the book. One from Tim Keller and one from Tim Challies.

As I said tonight, we have to measure everything we hear and read with Scripture.

Links of the Week

  1. Bob Thune on Maybe you shouldn’t plant a church. Church planting is popular once again and scores of guys are wanting to do it, which is awesome. Having done it, I can honestly say it is not for everyone. This is a great article on how to find out if you shouldn’t plant.
  2. Christian biographies for kids. Great list from Joshua Harris on biographies for kids.
  3. Justin Taylor on Why porno shops don’t have windows. Great thoughts on breaking free from sin and addictions.
  4. The Bible and marijuana. Great post on what Scripture says about this.
  5. Craig Groeschel on The most important word in ministry leadership.

The Point of the Bible

This week, we are continuing our Ultimate Fighter series on 2 Timothy and we are looking at 2 Timothy 3:10 – 4:5 and looking at the point of the Bible. I often get asked what sets the Bible apart from other books in different religions. We’ll look at how we got the Bible, why it matters, and how to read it. If you have ever wondered about the Bible or know someone who has had questions about the Bible, you definitely don’t want to miss this weekend.

So, do whatever you have to do to get to Revolution this Saturday night (and don’t forget to bring a friend with you)! To use an e-vite, just go here. And come expecting to see God move and do something huge in our lives.

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

We’ll talk more about this on Saturday, but our next big night is on October 2nd. We will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary as a church, having a baptism (if you’d like to be baptized e-mail Christe LePeau), and we will be kicking off a brand new series The Blessed Life. Be thinking about who you can bring that night. The challenge we are laying out is for everyone to bring at least one person that night.

If you haven’t already, you can download the study guide to this series, complete with background information on 2 Timothy and daily questions for your personal time with God, as a couple or as a family. To download the study guide, go here. If you haven’t signed up for a small group this fall, don’t wait as 2 of them are already full. You can sign up at church this Saturday (this Saturday is the last day to sign up for fall groups), or, if you don’t want to wait, you can sign up on the city (our online community). If you have any questions about joining the city, just e-mail Christe LePeau.

See you Saturday.

I Actually Hear the Bible at Church

It’s funny what people will say about their church. Sometimes it is downright mean, other times it is nice.

I once had someone tell me they were leaving our church because “we used too much Bible.” I wanted to take them out front and show them the sign that said church on it, but it was 110 out.

One of the things we love to do at Revolution is preach through books of the Bible. One of my goals as a communicator is that in my lifetime at Revolution that I would preach through all 66 books of the Bible. A lofty goal I know. I’m sure I’ll save Leviticus and Numbers until I’m about to retire.

The other day I heard someone say, “At my church, I hear the Bible. We get into what it actually says and how it relates to life.”

That is awesome.

In the last 2 years at our church, we have preached through the Song of Solomon (a great way to launch a church), Jonah, Hebrews, The Sermon on the Mount, Nehemiah and we are in 2 Timothy right now.

In the next year, we will go through Philippians, Esther, Revelation, and 1 – 3 John.

I’m excited to see what God continues to do in our church as we continue to make the Bible the guide for all that we do. Sadly, as I meet more and more pastors, there seems to be a lessening in belief in the power of Scripture. It seems that fewer and fewer guys want to stand up and say, “here is what the Bible says and here is what you and I are called to live like.” There is power in that.

This Weekend: Air War & Ground War

Saturday, we begin the second half of our series on the book of Nehemiah. The first half dealt with the rebuilding of the city and its wall. The second half of the book (chapters 8 – 13) deals with the church starting in the city of Jerusalem. We’ll look at what a church is supposed to be, what practices does a church practice, what does community look like, why be a part of a church.

This Saturday, we’ll be looking at why the Bible is so important. At Revolution, the foundation of everything is the scripture, it is the authority for our lives as followers of Jesus. But why? What makes the Bible special or different from other religious texts?

So, do whatever you have to do to get to Revolution this Saturday night (and don’t forget to bring a friend with you)!

Remember, we meet at 5pm at 410 S. Pantano Rd.

And don’t forget about our next big day, April 3rd. You are not going to want to miss Easter Weekend at Revolution the opportunity to bring someone with you!

See you then.