Bob’s Links – Mar 6-26, 2017

Here are the links to the articles that I connected to on Facebook during the period of March 6-26, 2017. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

How to Be Mad at Your Pastor (JD Hall) “It happens regularly, in every church and among every congregation. Sooner or later, you or someone you love is going to be mad at your pastor.”

Why I Didn’t Sing When I Visited Your Church (Tim Challies) “It was a joy to finally visit your church a couple of Sundays ago, and to worship with the believers there… Now, you asked me why it looked like I wasn’t singing. I know that was probably a little awkward, so thought I’d send along a brief explanation.”

Five Things the Traditional Church Is Doing Well (Thom S Rainer) “There are many traditional or established churches doing things well. And though we can’t make categorical statements about any group of churches, it is indeed true that there are some elements in traditional churches we need to celebrate. Here are five of them.”

Six Traits of Preacher-Eater Churches (Thom S Rainer) “I hear far too often about the very real problem of preacher eating churches. We cover six traits that are found in these churches and how to remedy them.”

Four Questions to Ask Before Joining a Church (Brian Croft) “It is a common scenario. You move to a new area. You get find your new residence and job. You get the kids enrolled in school. Where you settle in a local church often becomes a longer, more drawn-out task.After checking out all the churches you desire to visit, here are four questions to ask yourself as you narrow the search to make a decision.”

Battling Burnout as a Pastor’s Wife (Erin Wheeler) “What do we do as pastor’s wives when the never-ending demands pummel us? In many ways our calling is the same as every Christian’s—we’re to take up our cross daily, and follow him (Luke 9:23). And often the cross we bear is a call to give out of poverty, not abundance.”

We Have Lost the Sense of God (Conrad Mbewe) “After my last blog post in which I addressed the issue of believers abandoning going to church on a Sunday in preference for watching a football match, I tossed and turned most of the night. I kept asking myself how believers could do this. I could not understand how even pastors are now joining in this revelry with a clear conscience. I mean, how? I was sure that the football craze that had engulfed this generation is only a symptom of a greater disease. But what was that disease? That is the question I was wrestling with. By the time the sun rose, I think that I had an answer. The best way to phrase it is by the title of this blog post: We have lost the sense of God.”

 

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Bob’s Links – Feb 27-Mar 5, 2017

Here are the links to the articles that I connected to on Facebook during the period of February 27-March 5, 2017. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile. (There will be no Bob’s Links post next week.)

7 Reasons Pastoring a Church is Harder Today (Chuck Lawless) “I’m sure that pastoring a church has always been difficult. At the same time, though, it seems much harder today than it was 35+ years ago when I started in full-time pastoral ministry. Here’s my assessment about why the task is harder.”

The 5 Words That Should Scare Any Pastor (Mike Leake) “I heard these words a few times as a youth pastor, when I was just cutting my teeth in ministry, and I absolutely relished them. It was confirmation to my heart and my soul that I was doing what God had called me to do. I’ve heard these words now as a senior pastor and they aren’t nearly as appetizing—they are frightening.”

 

Bob’s Links – Feb 20-26, 2017

Here are the links to the articles that I connected to on Facebook during the period of February 20-26, 2017. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

Confessions of a Church Shopper (Kelly King) “I’ve visited a few congregations, and I want to make a few observations as an “outside” person who is walking through your church door. I’m not trying to be critical, but if you are a ministry leader, I want to give you some practical ways you can make a good first impression.”

Pastor, Remember Your Wife Is the Most Vulnerable Person in Your Church (Joe McKeever) “Everyone who walks in the church door can be helped or hurt in what happens during the next hour. Whether saint or sinner, preacher or pew-sitter, oldtimer or newcomer, child or geezer, everyone is vulnerable and should be treated respectfully, faithfully, carefully. No one in the church family is more vulnerable than the pastor’s wife.”

Southern Baptists – An Unregenerate Denomination (Tim Challies) “[Jim] Elliff suggests churches should reexamine the way they introduce other pastors. How’s this for an introduction? ‘Here is Brother ______, pastor of a church of 15,000 members, 5500 of whom do not bother to come on a given Sunday morning, and 12,000 of whom do not come on Sunday evening. He is here to tell us about how to have a healthy, evangelistic church.'”

When Pastors and Churches Pray, God Moves (Rick Warren) “The greatest work you’ll ever commit to as a pastor is the work of prayer. Praying churches, those that experience the miraculous power of God, are led by praying pastors.”