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.”