Bob’s Links -Jan 16-29, 2017

Here are links to articles that I connected to on Facebook during the period of January 16-29, 2017. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

Six Current Trends in Land Purchases by Churches (Thom S. Rainer) “I have noted on numerous occasions the incredible pace of change impacting churches. Another change is increasingly become more evident: how and when churches make land purchases. Here are six major shifts.”

How Does a Pastor Know When to Make Changes in His Church? (Brian Croft) “Pastors who walk into existing churches are quickly burdened by needed changes to improve the church. Where the challenge is for most of us is when and how those changes need to be brought.”

9 Reasons Some Pastors Are Not Strong Leaders (Chuck Lawless) “Pastoring requires being a leader, but not every pastor is a strong leader. Rather than harshly judge these pastors, though, we need to understand reasons they may struggle—and then prayerfully help them.”

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Bob’s Links – Jan 2-8, 2017

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the period of Jan 2-8, 2017. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

The Heresy of Worshiptainment (Mike Livingstone) “Church members ‘want to be entertained while they are edified.’ He said that in 1962. Tozer grieved, even then, that it was ‘scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction was God.’”

Seven Steps to Strengthen Prayer (Bonnie McKernan) “While it won’t be the same for everyone, seven specific actions have really helped me in my battle against a weak prayer life.”

Why Christian Leaders Struggle With “Dark Nights of the Soul” (Chuck Lawless) “If you read church history at all, you’ll learn that men as faithful to God as Martin Luther and Charles Spurgeon struggled with bouts of at least heaviness, if not depression. I’m convinced more church leaders than we know face these battles.”

The Bleeding of the Evangelical Church (David Wells) “This quarter of a century has been a time of many bright highlights, but if I am not mistaken it is also a time of lengthening shadows in our evangelical world. We have been transformed from being an inconsequential religious player to one of some consequence during this time, but the costs are now becoming plain.”

Ten Major Trends for Churches in 2017 (Thom S Rainer) “So what are the ten major trends for 2017? It’s a mixed bag of good news and bad news.”

 

Bob’s Links – Dec 26, 2016-Jan 1, 2017

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the period of Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

9 Things That Work in the Church a Decade Ago That Don’t Work Today (Carey Nieuwhof) “What got you here won’t get you there. Here are 9 things that used to work in ministry a decade ago that aren’t nearly as effective as they used to be.”

7 Spiritual (Missional) Disciplines for the Digital Age (Philip Nation) “But, what if the tools of the digital age can be helpful? I think that they can, and I’d offer a few ways to leverage digital tools for building missional disciplines–that is, practices that develop our engagement in missional living.”

North Korea Gets Competition: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Now Hardest to Be a Christian (Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra) “2014 was the world’s worst year for the persecution of Christians in the modern era. Until 2015 surpassed it.”

Why Daughters Need Their Dads (Meg Meeker) “Men, we need you. We—mothers, daughters, and sisters—need your help to raise healthy young women. We need every ounce of masculine courage and wit you own because fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for a daughter’s life.”

Hope for the Young Pastor (Brandon D Smith) “Young men often dive head first into a ministry role with a swagger and confidence that is woefully misplaced.”