Bob’s Links – Dec 19-25, 2016

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

7 of the Most Frustrating Things Pastors Experience (Ron Edmondson) “Ron – What do you think are some of the most frustrating things pastors experience? Great question.”

7 Ways God May Tell a Pastor to Leave a Church (Karl Vaters) “Do I stay, or do I go?
It’s one of the toughest questions a pastor has to face.”

Bad Leaders, Good Leaders, Great Leaders and the Younger Leaders They Create (Noel Jesse Hiekkinen) “Over the past two decades of ministry (full disclosure: I am still in the same church that trained me), I have observed many guys like me bouncing around and I have learned that bad leaders repel young leaders, good leaders raise up young leaders, and great leaders launch young leaders.”

Jesus Came From Those He Came For (Sam Guthrie) “Jesus’s family tree isn’t simply a list of names to skim over to get to the “substance” of the gospel, nor is the story of Israel that comes before it. Rather, the genealogy of Jesus offers us a bird’s-eye view of God’s active and historic promise—one that grounds us in our past, solidifies us in the present, and catapults us into the future.”

Seven Commitments of Renewal Every Church Leader Should Make for a New Year (Thom S Rainer) “Consider these seven resolutions to be statements of renewal. Ask others to keep you accountable. Above all, ask God for the wisdom, strength, and perseverance to move these commitments of renewal to reality.”

 

Bob’s Links – Dec 12-18, 2016

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

A Word of Encouragement to the Small Town Pastor (Ron Edmondson) “That’s when it occurred to me something I’ve observed numerous times, but never put into words. Sometimes people don’t know how well they are doing.”

5 Pastoral Convictions About Congregational Singing (Daryl C Cornett) “The following is what I have crystalized to this point as my personal philosophy concerning congregational singing. I’ve arrived at these through reading, talking to people who know more than me, and through trial and error.”

11 Reasons to Love the Senior Adults in Your Church (Chuck Lawless) “Occasionally, I speak in a church that is predominantly senior adults. Each time I do, I think about how a church like that is going to survive – but I also remember why senior adults matter. Remembering these things reminds me to love them even as we make changes to grow the church.”

 

Bob’s Links – Dec 5-11, 2016

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

Does Jesus Want Every Church to Be a Big Church? (Karl Vaters) “Let’s stop arguing about which church size is best, and start seeing what’s best about each size.”

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Southern Baptists (Russell Moore) “Are Southern Baptists even Southern? Why don’t they baptize babies? And more.”

14 Words of Advice for Guest Preachers (Sam Bierig) “Through many trials and travails of my own, I have gathered for you 14 tried-and-true rules of thumb to which I try to adhere when I am called upon to be a guest preacher.”

Five Keys to Better Blogging in 2017 (Jonathan Howe) “If you’re considering blogging again in 2017 or are just looking to improve your current blogging, here are five tips to help you blog better in the new year.”

Why Every Healthy Church Practices the Ordinances (John Hammett) “Traditions help families stay together. And churches, like good families, have traditions they keep. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper—often referred to as the ordinances—are two such traditions. Healthy churches practice these for at least four good reasons.”

Think Again: The Dying Art of Thinking (Ravi Zacharias) “One of the tragic casualties of our age has been that of the contemplative life—a life that thinks, thinks things through, and more particularly, thinks God’s thoughts after Him.”

Pastors Need Women Teachers (and Vice Versa) (Jen Wilkin) “There is little disagreement among Christians that women can and should teach women. But if the gift of teaching has been given to women, how might a pastor properly value, cultivate, and employ the gifting of women teachers?”

They Just Don’t Get it: Why Big Church Solutions Can’t Fix Small Church Problems (Karl Vaters) “The vast majority of churches are small, so we need small church alternatives to big church solutions.”

7 Traits of the BEST Student Pastors (Dan Reiland) “Your student pastor has tremendous influence over the next generation. They have an extraordinary opportunity to represent the moral compass that points the way to Jesus. The best student pastors teach and encourage teens how to live a life based on Christian values in a culture that no longer puts God first.”

Five Reasons a Christmas Eve Service Reaches the Unchurched (Thom S Rainer) “While Easter is the day most churchgoers decide to show up at the same time, Christmas Eve is indeed prime time for the unchurched. Why is that? Here are five key reasons.”

Bob’s Links – Nov 28-Dec 4, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the period of Nov 28-Dec 4. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

Seven Myths About a Pastor’s Workweek (Tham S Rainer) “So what are some of the myths about a pastor’s workweek? Let’s look at seven of them.”

Seven Sentimental Lies You Might Believe (Matt Reagan) “The following is a list of seven of the most egregiously assumed truth-claims in popular culture today, with a biblical check for each one.”