Bob’s Links – Aug 22-28, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of August 22-28. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

More Pressing than Women Preachers (Jen Wilkin) “The women e-mailing me regularly are not worried about winning the pulpit…  They are fighting to contribute more than hospitality or a soft voice on the praise team. They are looking for leadership trajectories for women in the local church and finding virtually nothing.”

10 Simple Ways to Increase Your Church’s Attendance This Weekend (Chuck Lawless) “Want some simple ways to increase your church’s attendance this weekend? Consider these possibilities.”

The Modern Worship Music Wars (Stephen Miller) “Ours is a generation marked by war. I’m not referring to a war with guns and tanks, though we have certainly seen our share of that as well. We are a generation that grew up witnessing the church fight over the very thing that was supposed to unite us: the worship of Jesus.”

The Holy One of God (Steven Lawson) “The title “Holy One of God” means that Jesus is infinitely and absolutely holy, fully and perfectly divine. He is transcendent and majestic.”

Why I Participated in the Work of the Local Association (Joe McKeever) “At some point, I’ll ask the host pastor, ‘Does the pastor of the First Baptist Church attend these meetings?’ You would be distressed to know the answer is frequently, ‘Never. They don’t participate in anything the association does.’ Big, big mistake.”

First Person:State Conventions – A Closer Look (Doug Munton) “The Southern Baptist Convention is organized through state conventions (though some of the “state” conventions combine multiple states). I suggest to you that these state conventions play a helpful but underappreciated role in the work of our faith and denomination.”

Life Is Short. Make a Difference (Thom S Rainer) “It is a sin to be good when God has called us to be great.”

The Pressure of the Pastorate (Shawn Lovejoy) “I spoke with another friend and megachurch pastor who was removed from his church last month. As a leadership coach and pastor to pastors, it breaks my heart and causes me to lose sleep every time. What happened? Nothing really. Life. The gravitational pull. Pressure. Pride. That’s what happened.”

 

Bob’s Links – Aug 15-21, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of August 15-21. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

Video: Biblical Strategy for Reaching North America (Dr. Kevin Ezell and Dr. Tommy Green) “Dr. Tommy Green hosts Dr. Kevin Ezell, President of the North American Mission Board to discuss ways for churches to be on mission through church planting, SEND Relief, SEND Network, latest evangelism resources and much more…”

9 Secrets Pastors Keep (Mandy Smith) “In an effort to break through that pastoral loneliness, I’ve asked various pastors to share behind the scenes of their lives and work. Here are some things they said they’re not telling their church members.”

5 Ways a Christian’s Retirement Should Differ From Everyone Else’s (Art Rainer) “The golf course is good. So is the beach. And there are times to enjoy those things. But the Christian’s retirement should look different than most. How? Here are five ways”

A Voter’s Guide: 5 Criteria for Evaluating the 2016 Presidential Candidates (Bruce Ashford) “In light of the fact that many of us consider both candidates deeply flawed, are there any criteria we should be able to agree upon when evaluating the candidates and deciding how to vote? Yes. We should agree to take into account five criteria, each of which will significantly affect the way our next president will govern.”

Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines by David Mathis (Kristin Tabb) “To those who have struggled, as I have, to practice several spiritual disciplines at once, this book will provide a refreshing perspective. Rather than overwhelm with a wide variety of disciplines to keep in tandem with one another, Mathis offers the gift of simplicity.”

Bob’s Links – Aug 8-14, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of August 8-14. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

How to Kill Your Pastor (Tyler Saldana) “Christians: be careful not to kill your pastors spiritually, emotionally and mentally. You may not realize it but there are many things that you do that are wiping out numerous pastors every single day. If that is your aim, here are ten ways to help you kill your pastor.”

What Do Pastors Do All Week? (Paul Chappell) “If you have ever wondered what your pastor does all week, here it is. And if, as a pastor, you’ve ever wondered what aspects of your job you should focus on, here are four core responsibilities.”

Ten Reasons Why Hymnals Have a Future (John D. Witvliet) “The function of hymnals in the life of the church has changed dramatically over the past thirty years. Many congregations rarely use them. Thousands of Christians seldom, if ever, open one. When people hear of the new hymnal publications, it’s natural for some of them to ask,’Why would you ever want to publish another hymnal?’”

Scriptureless Worship (David W. Manner) “Why do churches that so passionately defend the Bible rarely read its text in public worship services? Does its limited use convey a lack of trust in the very Word professed to be foundational to our faith, doctrines and practices?”

Plan Now to Die Well (John Piper) “If you don’t have a better plan for how you are going to die, someone will probably just turn on the television.”

Ten Things Pastors Would Love to Hear From Their Church Members (Thom Rainer) “What do you hear from your church members that gives you the greatest encouragement?The responses from the pastors were amazingly similar. In fact, I was able to focus on ten specific areas.”

 

Bob’s Links – Aug 1-7, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of August 1-7. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

10 Signs You’re Attending a Great Church (Greg Stier) “Of course there are no perfect churches, but there are many that are pressing toward the high water mark we see in Scripture. Here are 10 signs you may be going to a great local church.”

The Tragic Story of Hurting Pastor’s Wife (Thom Rainer) “I receive volumes of blog comments, emails, and social media communications every day. On occasion, one of those comments will stop me in my tracks, like this recent blog post comment.”

Four Reasons to Pray for Your Pastor Daily (Jason K Allen) “They are men called by God to serve his flock, and they regularly bless my family and me. The least I can do is pray for them faithfully. There are many Biblical reasons why we should pray for our pastors, but let us consider just these four.”

Four Ways to Pray for Christian Teachers (Nathaniel Williams) “Yet a new school year also means that thousands of Christian teachers and administrators return to their classrooms to make a profound impact on children’s lives. They have an immense responsibility and privilege — and teachers need your prayers.”

Don’t Write It Off As Law (Chris Thomas) “We ought not to be too hasty in labeling everything ‘Law’ for fear that it may contradict the balm of grace. Don’t write off the commandments of God as being somehow anti-grace and, therefore, anti-gospel.”

10 Ways for Pastors to Continue Learning (Christopher Chelpka) “Pastors are lifelong learners. Their calling requires it, and their hearts desire it.”