Weekend Update (12/14)

Weekend Update is simply a number of links that I think would be helpful and fun for ministry leaders.



5 Ways to Get Better at Preaching & Teaching / Mark Driscoll gives a helpful response to a young leader’s question.

How to Create a Disciple-Making Culture / “I realized I had made a big mistake in church planting. I kept talking about discipleship and I was coaching others in how to make disciples, but I hadn’t done enough face-to-face modeling of what I meant when I told our church to make disciples. Thus, our church didn’t yet have the discipleship culture I wanted it to have.”

What I Wish Somebody Had Told Me / Pastors of fast-growing churches share lessons that they learned the hard way.


How People Change / New York Times columnist David Brooks makes a case for why shame and guilt are not most effective for creating lasting change.

If you rearrange the letters in the word Santa, it spells… / My friend Matthew engages with this timely cultural issue…Santa.


Robert Downey, Jr. Asks Forgiveness for Mel Gibson / I like both of these actors and appreciated this touching, behind-the-scenes story.

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Luke Simmons

I was born and raised in Denver, CO and lived there through high school. Then I moved to Champaign, IL where I attended the University of Illinois and played on the Fighting Illini baseball team. I was married in December, 2001 to Molly, who I met at the U of I. In June of 2002, we moved to Phoenix and have been here ever since. In July of 2006, we welcomed a baby girl, Abby, into our family.

3 thoughts on “Weekend Update (12/14)”

    1. Good question, Jim. They were all very helpful for different reasons. I often encourage planters to go to 2 services as soon as possible because of Driscolls #3. But probably the best for me is #5, “LEARN TO BE A SANCTIFIED VERSION OF ONLY YOU.” Finding your voice as a preacher is difficult. It’s why I don’t listen to as much preaching as I used to. I’m most effective when I’m myself.

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