Bob’s Links – Sep 19-25, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of September 19-25. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

If We Are So Burdened, Then Why Aren’t the Prayer Meetings Full (Erik Raymond) “Let me put it another way, if we believe that God is good, sovereign, and holy, and that he has told us to cast our burdens on him in prayer then, where are the public prayer meetings by God’s people?”

We Are Outsiders Send Inside on Mission (Caleb Crider) “Being a church on mission means applying missionary thinking to the everyday life of the body. This begins with recognizing our status as outsiders.”

10 Traits of Pastors Who Have Healthy Long-Term Tenure (Thom S. Rainer) “Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for ten or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations.”

Our Plans, God’s Plans (Samuel C. Williamson) “Last week’s ideal plan didn’t translate itself into reality. Instead, life happened.”

5 Ways Your Church Can Get Involved in Global Missions Starting Tomorrow (David Platt & Paul Akin) “Today, there are more than seven billion people in the world. Missiologists estimate that over 2.8 billion of those people have little to no access to the gospel. Practically, this means that billions of people are being born, living their entire lives, and dying without ever hearing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This reality cannot be tolerable to pastors and the people of God in the church.
With this in mind, we want to share five things that your church—regardless of size, location, or situation—can do to get involved in God’s global mission.”

10 Questions to Ask a Pastoral Search Committee (Jeff Robinson) “I have learned several important questions a pastoral candidate should ask search committees.”

Why We All Want to Do Something Bigger (Zach Bradley) “Woven into every node of the human soul is the desire to be a part of something bigger. It comes so naturally that we struggle to recognize it behind the more obvious organs of life.”

Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions (Jon Bloom) “We can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula — the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer — we will experience euphoric moments of rapturous communion with the Lord.”



Bob’s Links – Sep 12-18, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of September 12-18. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

Dad Enough to Sing (David Mathis) “I want my sons to grow up believing that a grown man singing is one of the most natural sounds in the world.”

Stop the Revolution. Join the Plodders (Kevin DeYoung) “What we need are fewer revolutionaries and a few more plodding visionaries. That’s my dream for the church—a multitude of faithful, risktaking plodders.”

Pastor, Be True to God and Yourself (Daryl Cornett) “Today, it seems that a pastor must be a social media guru, a master of marketing, an effective motivational speaker, and, of course, the latest version of cool. It may feel that way because that’s what we tend to see when we view the pastors of the most recent popular mega churches. Or, maybe you have some of their wannabees in your own town. In the middle of all this, just relax and remind yourself of truth with which to anchor the ministry.”

I Am an Old-Fashioned Christian (Tim Challies) “I get the books. I read the articles. I see the news. Christianity seems ready to move on. And I realize anew: I am an old-fashioned kind of Christian.”

6 Things Church Members Need to Know About Pastor Burnout (Marty Duren) “Following the resignation of a high-profile Tennessee pastor last weekend the issue of burnout and failure again occupied the conversation of ministers and church members.”

Some Thoughts About the Recent Exit of Two Megachurch Pastors (Carey Nieuwhof) “Their departures have a lot of people talking and a lot of people thinking. Hopefully, it’s also got a lot of people praying. It also has pastors reflecting.”

Life Lessons for a New Pastor (Jimmy Scroggins) “When I accepted my current position as Senior Pastor, I believed that I was well prepared for the job. But there is definitely something different about being THE head guy – the final place in a church where the buck actually stops.”

My Top 6 Pastoral Leadership Challenges (Mark Dance) “Someone recently asked me what my greatest leadership challenges were as a pastor. It took me less than five minutes because they were so familiar to me.”

6 Things to Remember When Making Changes in a Local Church (Hershael York) “The real problem was not that he changed things, but that he did so in a clumsy or autocratic way. In other words, how he does something is a bigger problem for a pastor than what he does.”

5 Lessons I’ve Learned As a Pastor (Matt Sapp) “This Sunday our church will celebrate its 22nd anniversary. I’ve been at Heritage for two of those twenty-two years, and in those two years I’ve learned a lot.”

Bob’s Links – Sep 5-11, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of September 5-11. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

4 Practical Guidelines for Reading Old Testament Stories (George H Guthrie) “You may not be terribly familiar with the Old Testament stories, which play a vitally important role in telling the Grand Story, but there are a number of reasons why you should read those stories.”

Andy Stanley’s Statements about the Bible are not Cutting Edge – They’re Old Liberalism (David Prince) “He believes we have been naively taught, “The Bible says it, that settles it” and that kind of simplistic reasoning is why many walk away from the faith as adults.”

Three Ways of Looking at Pastoral Ministry (David Murray) “I began my Christian ministry class yesterday by taking my students through the qualifications of a pastor, focusing on 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Among all the details of the lecture, I tried to emphasize three main ways to look at the qualifications.”

Do Not Go Beyond What Is Written (Jon Bloom) “The only proven antidote to the doctrinal and moral diseases that have always afflicted the churches of God is ‘holding fast to the word of life’ (Philippians 2:16) and ‘not . . . go[ing] beyond what is written’ (1 Corinthians 4:6).”

Spiritual Disciplines and the Sinkhole Syndrome (Donald Whitney) “You know the story. A man has been a believer in Christ for decades. To all outward appearances he’s a man of Christian faithfulness and integrity. He has maintained a reputation as a fine example of public and private faithfulness to the things of God for decades. Then, without warning, it all collapses into a sinkhole of sin.”

Pastoral Visitation a “Sign of Sickness” and a “Step Towards Death” (David Murray) “I was stunned and shocked when I read Thom Rainer’s recent blog post ‘Fifteen Reasons Why Your Pastor Should Not Visit Much.'”

Bob’s Links – Aug 29-Sep 4, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of August 29-September 4. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

5 Reasons Every Pastor Needs an Intern…and How to Find One (Chuck Lawless) “I think every pastor needs – and can enlist – at least one intern. Here’s why.”

Small Towns Need Jesus Too by Donnie Griggs (Scott Slayton) “Griggs devotes the first half of Small Town Jesus to showing why small towns still matter. He notes the increased emphasis on church planting and ministry in cities over the last decade. While necessary, in doing so we have minimized strategically sending people to small towns.”

Pastoral Prayer as Worship (Josh Buice) “When trimming things from your own worship service in order to become more efficient, could I make one plea? Don’t take away the pastoral prayer.”

15 Reasons Why Your Pastor Should Not Visit Much (Thom S Rainer) “While I am not advocating that pastors never visit people, I am concerned that such expectations are well beyond those with serious and emergency needs. The truth is: Your pastor shouldn’t visit much. Here are 15 reasons why.”