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.”

 

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.”

 

Bob’s Links – Nov 21-27, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the period of Nov 21-27. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

Your 7 Job Responsibilities as a Church Member (Jonathan Leeman) “Did you know, ordinary church member, that Jesus has given you a job? Your elders have a special office, to be sure, but so do you. And Jesus has given you elders in order to train you to do your job. So if Jesus’s discipleship program gives every single member a job, what responsibilities come with this job? There are at least seven.”

10 Books Every Christian Teenager Should Read (Tim Challies) “Here, then, is a list of ten great books every Christian teen ought to read—or at least consider reading.”

Why Pastors Are Committing Suicide (Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra)“’Being a pastor is a dangerous job,’ he said. ‘Especially in certain evangelical circles, where you have more of a fundamentalist orientation theologically, you find pastors who will reduce their depression or their negative thought processes to strictly spiritual problems.’”

Made for Another World: Remembering C. S. Lewis (David Mathis) “While the Americans rocked and reeled, and the world’s attention turned to Dallas and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, one Clive Staples Lewis breathed his last in Oxford just a week shy of his 65th birthday.”

Bob’s Links – Oct 31-Nov 20, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the period of Oct 31-Nov 20. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

4 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Church (Nicholas Davis) Here are four questions every church member should ask.

Straight Outta Context: The 5 Most Misused, & Abused Bible Verses (Shane Pruitt) “Here is a list of the 5 most misused and abused Bible verses.”

7 Things I Learned in Choir Rehearsal (Joe McKeever) “During the time I sang with the choir at our church, I loved singing for the worship service, but had to make myself go to rehearsal. Rehearsing songs–whether for church or school assembly or for the juke joint down the street–is hard work. Gradually, I began to see some patterns forming. Eventually, those shapes merged to form life-lessons that have remained with me all these years.”

Does Moving Away From Calvinism Necessarily Lead to Liberalism? (Trevin Wax) “In the past decade, Southern Baptists have engaged in an ongoing conversation about the rise of Calvinism within our churches and seminaries, and whether this development should be embraced or resisted.”

Thirteen Practical Steps to Kill Sin (John Piper) “How do we kill sin? Here are thirteen tactical steps in the battle.”

Coming Together: The Pastoral Fellowship for Practical Theology (Brian Croft) “Fostering this kind of fellowship was our aim when a pastor friend and I started a pastoral fellowship about two years ago, which we now call the Pastoral Fellowship for Practical Theology. In this article I will explain how we started this fellowship, who we intend to bring together, what we hope to accomplish, what our meetings consist of, and what fruit we’ve seen so far.”

President Trump: Now What For the Church? (Russell Moore) “No matter what our differences politically or religiously, surely we can all agree that this campaign has been demoralizing and even traumatizing for most of the country. So what should evangelical Christians do now?”

God’s Not Really That Holy, I’m Not Really That Bad (Tim Challies) “You know that you really get the gospel when it is God’s grace rather than God’s wrath that amazes you.”

 

 

Bob’s Links – Oct 24-30, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of October 24-30. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

Kill the Midweek Prayer Meeting? (James Faris) “Church leadership often laments a lack of participation in midweek prayer meetings because we know the power God gives through prayer. Perhaps we can overemphasize one good-but-not-required way of doing things. The one divinely ordained corporate prayer meeting is public worship on the Lord’s Day.”

Things Christians Just Don’t Get to Do (Tim Challies) “This one began with a conversation, with a statement within that conversation: “Christians don’t get to hold a grudge!” It’s just not an option, not a vice we can allow ourselves. But it’s not the only thing Christians don’t get to do.”

Women, Trade Self-Worth for Awe and Wonder (Jen Wilkin) “Christian women ask Psalm 139:14 to soothe us when our body image falters, or when we just don’t feel that smart, valuable, or capable. We ask it to bolster us when our limits weigh us down. But based on how frequently I hear it offered, I suspect the message may not be “sticking to our ribs” very well. Why is that? I believe it is because we have misdiagnosed our primary problem.”

Open Bible, Burning Hearts: Response to Andy Stanley (John Piper) “Now that Andy Stanley has responded so fully and helpfully to the critics of his sermon “The Bible Told Me So,” we may be able to sort out a few things about his method more carefully.”

Bob’s Links – Oct 17-23, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of October 17-23. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

10 Warning Signs that Your Pastor’s Getting Burned Out (Chuck Lawless) “When I do church consulting, I often encounter pastors who are just worn out, and often heading toward burnout. In my conversations with these leaders, I usually learn that the battle had been ongoing long before I arrived to consult. Indeed, some of the following signs seem to be recurrent among wearying shepherds.”

Blessed Are the Undistracted (Matthew Westerholm) “And distractions do not stay in the car when we enter into church on a Sunday morning. We arrive with the intent to worship Jesus with focus. But the burdens of our week, the tensions of our morning, the children by our side, the anxiety of our upcoming schedule, and the wandering of our thoughts all conspire to distract us.”

6 Things Church leaders Need to Know About Small Churches (Karl Vators) “Ninety percent of the churches on earth are under 200 people. Eighty percent are under 100. There may be no segment of the church that is more normative. But they may also be the most misunderstood.”

3 Warnings From a Pastor Leaving the Ministry (Scott Hollingshead) “As I look back on that experience, I’ve pulled out three lessons for pastors—warnings you could call them—from a pastor leaving the ministry.”

Oh, Behave! Conduct Worthy of the Gospel in Corporate Worship (David Mathis) “We love to blame our neighbor, or the worship leader, for our inability to engage in corporate worship. But the deeper problem usually belongs to the one who is distracted.”

10 Attitudes of Healthy, Long-Term Pastors (Them S. Rainer) “A key insight I learned from healthy, long-term pastors is how they think. In this article I explored the top traits of pastors who had enjoyed mostly joyous, long-term ministries at the same church.”

8 Tips for Bivocational Pastors (Bob Smietana) “Whatever the reason, many bivocational pastors are finding unexpected blessings for themselves and their churches while navigating the unique challenges of bivocational ministry.
Here’s some advice from well-seasoned bivocational ministers for those considering a similar path.”

Ten Annoying Things Pastors Need to Stop Doing (Mark Dance) “I have noticed a few annoying patterns amongst our tribe that just need to stop…immediately.”

The Missing Elements of Modern Worship (Tim Challies) “I once paid a visit to one of the most mega of America’s megachurches. It’s a church whose pastor is well-known, a church known for its innovation, a church held up as a model for modern evangelicalism. I went in with as open a mind as I could muster. I left perplexed. I was perplexed not by what was said or done in the service as much as what was left unsaid and undone.”

Unstoppable: 3 Lessons We Must Learn from the Early Church (Sam O’Neal) “As modern participants in that movement, we can learn a great deal from those earliest of disciples. In fact, we must learn from our spiritual ancestors if we want to continue their legacy of changing the world for the cause of Christ. Specifically, here are three lessons from the early church that will help us fulfill our mission as disciples of Jesus.”

6 Social Media DON’Ts For Church Staff Members (Katie Viscontini) “The truth is, social media is a powerful tool, but it is also a two-edged sword. This is especially so if you work in a church. Avoid any potential pitfalls by not committing these 6 social media mistakes.”