God With Us

Here’s the video we used to set up my sermon today

Thanks to The Village Church for making this.

Links to Jumpstart Your (Short) Week With

  1. Summer family activity book from The Village Church. This is definitely worth downloading if you have a family. 
  2. We are kicking off a brand new series this Saturday at Revolution Church called So You’re Dead…Now What? We’ll be exploring heaven, hell and the afterlife. 
  3. Tony Morgan on the book Replenish.
  4. If you want to go to the next level in any area of your life, get a mentor. Here’s how to catch a mentor.
  5. Why you should read Christian biographies
  6. If you have a child in Planet Rev, here is what they learned on Saturday night. If you aren’t following the Planet Rev blog, you need to do so. 
  7. Scott Cochrane on 3 indicators you are developing the wrong person as a leader. 
  8. The seduction of Pornography and Integrity of Christian Marriage
  9. Jonathan Dodson on What to say when someone says “the bible has errors.”

Links of the Week

  1. Listen to the new EP from Mar Hill worship band Ghost Ship. It’s a good one.
  2. Michael Patton on Why people love C.S. Lewis and hate Rob Bell.
  3. Free Advent resource for individuals and families from The Village Church.
  4. Leadership Network on New megachurch research.
  5. Michael Kelley on God will not give you more than you can handle.
  6. Mark Driscoll on 8 reasons single men should volunteer in the church nursery.
  7. Churches that embrace technology attract younger people.
  8. Grace Driscoll on Transitioning from the workplace to the workhome. Some practical insights that go with my sermon on Titus 2.
  9. Churches not canceling worship on Christmas Day.
  10. Bob Franquiz on Huge outreach results on a limited budget.
  11. Scott Williams on 5 reasons why organizations and individuals fail.
  12. The role of preaching in church planting.

Transitioning Children into Worship

We have 2 services at Revolution for a variety of reasons: wanting to give options to people, having more room for guests in the service and in Planet Rev, allowing our volunteers in Planet Rev to attend a service and to allow kids and students to attend a service.

It can be hard to bring kids into the service, to transition them, but it is crucial. I believe that you should bring your kids into the worship service with you as soon as possible. But, the question of how can be difficult.

Jen Wilkin, a member at the Village Church in Dallas, Texas, writes a great blog on raising children to worship God. Here are a few posts that we recommend to parents with young children:

Worship Together 

In this post Wilkin speaks candidly of her experience with her own children in worship and emphasizes how important is is to model to them what ‘big church is all about.

Big Church for Small Kids 

Here Wilkin gives parents more of a ‘how to’ when it comes to bringing your young children into church. Very practical and very helpful.

Thanks J.D. Greear for the links.

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.