Weekend Update (6/21)

Here’s some stuff to check out that I think might be helpful and fun for you.

WeekendUpdate

Ministry

My #1 “Young Leader” Mistake / I’ve been feeling a lot of what Carey talks about here lately and, therefore, found his perspective helpful.

Handling the “It’s too loud” complaint / We get this complaint sometimes. Here’s a good way to respond.

Do You Need to Study Less? / Yancey Arrington thinks some preachers should strategically reduce their study time. He makes some good points.

Personal

Eliminate These 8 Things From Your Daily Routine / I’m working on #1 and #8.

Get Rid of These 6 Things / I’m pondering #4.

Stop Complicating Life / There’s a theme to these…have you noticed?

Fun

Balloons, Marching Band, Fireworks! Ultimate Epic Proposal Story / This is a little long, but very fun.

Weekend Update (6/8)

I’m a bit overdue for a list of links. Here’s some stuff to check out that I think might be helpful and fun for you.

WeekendUpdate

Ministry

4 Words I Say to Jerks / Helpful advice from Jon Acuff.

8 Leadership Lessons From Baseball / #1 and #5 were my favorites.

Everything I Know about Pastoral Ministry I Learned Riding with Pastors / Thabiti Anyabwile shares some practical stuff he’s learned in the car with pastors.

Personal

Let Them Come Home / Abraham Piper shares remarkable advice on loving wayward children towards Christ.

Maggie & Alex Get Married / Beautiful photos and same-day edited video of my sister-in-law and her new husband’s wedding.

Fun

Long Snap Trick Shots / Who knew this was a talent?

Weekend Update (5/10)

Here’s some stuff to check out that I think might be helpful and fun for you.

WeekendUpdate

Ministry

The New Legalism / “I continue to be amazed by the number of youth and young adults who are stressed and burnt out from the regular shaming and feelings of inadequacy if they happen to not be doing something unique and special.”

You Only Get Ten Hours Per Week / Brian Howard provides a helpful grid for prioritizing your work.

Personal

The Socially Acceptable Sin / “It’s everywhere in our society and churches, yet almost never talked about.”

Back Online After a Year Without the Internet / This was a long article, but intensely fascinating. If you’ve ever thought your life would be better without technology or internet, you might be wrong.

Dear Mr. President / A mom writes a letter to President Obama after trying to explain abortion and the Gosnell case to her kids.

Fun

One Verse Songs / Tim Hawkins condenses a few songs into one verse.

Weekend Update (5/3)

Here’s some stuff to check out that I think might be helpful and fun for you.

WeekendUpdate

Ministry

The 10/10/10 Rule for Tough Decisions / “10/10/10 helps to level the emotional playing field. What we’re feeling now is intense and sharp, while the future feels fuzzier. That discrepancy gives the present too much power, because our present emotions are always in the spotlight.”

Your Baby’s Ugly / A seasoned Professor talks about crucial ingredients for improving preachers.

Personal

Good Grief / I recently heard about the tragic and untimely death of Levi Lusko’s young daughter. Here are some of his reflections a few months later.

Two Sets of Wants / Any parent will resonate with these competing wants. I love how they are articulated and the conclusion Benjamin reaches.

Fun

Screengrab / This video might make your brain explode.

Weekend Update (4/21)

Here’s some stuff to check out that I think might be helpful and fun for you.

WeekendUpdate

Ministry

3 Lessons About Guest Services / “I would classify Gwinnett Church as the Chick-Fil-A Church.  I say this because the Guest Service volunteers were the best I’ve experienced.”

21 Skills of Great Preachers / Josh Reich pulls a helpful passage from Rewiring Your Preaching.

Lessons Learned from Limiting Access / I can resonate with this pastor of a growing church who has had to adjust how he spends his time as the church grows.

Personal

Rick Warren, The Circus & My Imaginary Friend / A touching piece about Rick Warren.

Identities / A photographer shows people years later in the same pose. Fascinating.

Fun

Conan Joins a Southern Baptist Choir / “I don’t sing gospel. I’ve never sang gospel. It’s just one of those things I know I can do better than anybody else without trying.”

Weekend Update (2/22)

Here’s some stuff to check out that I think might be helpful and fun for you.

WeekendUpdate

Ministry

On Sermon Illustrations / 9 tips for improving illustrations in sermons. I’ve learned the hard way on #3.

Consider Preschool Before the Pulpit / Great recommendation to aspiring preachers or church planters. I wish somebody had given me this advice.

North Point’s Volunteer Process / This is so practical from a systems perspective. “Most pastors stand up and ask people to get involved, but they don’t create the next steps that are crucial for building an awesome volunteer ministry.”

Personal

The Dignity of a Salesman / Thoughtful reflection by my friend Jim Mullins on how salespeople can integrate their faith and work.

Confessions from a New Mom’s Devotional Life / New moms (and long-time moms) are often crushed by unrealistic expectations for their devotional lives. This is helpful.

Fun

Behind the Back Ping-Pong Shot / You would have never known about this before the internet.

Weekend Update (2/8)

Here’s some stuff to check out that I think might be helpful and fun for you.

WeekendUpdate

Ministry

A Christian Walks Into Barnes and Noble / Great article on why Christians shouldn’t be afraid of culture: “The Christian, who sees everything in the light of the Word of God, is anything but narrow in his view. He is generous in heart and mind. He looks over the whole earth and reckons it all his own, because he is Christ’s and Christ is God’s (1 Cor. 3:21–23).”

Don’t Follow John Wesley’s Model of Marriage / I guess ministry leaders have always been prone to sacrifice their families on the altar of ministry.

The Best 3 Places to Find Sermon Illustrations: From Jay Z to Brian Regan / Eric McKiddie often has helpful stuff on preaching. This post is no exception.

Personal

Advice for Parenting Young Kids / Parenting gold from Steve McCoy. I’m thankful for how Ron and Kathy Grebe, Tim Maughan, and Tom and Susan Shrader have taught me and Molly many of these same things.

Damsel Arise / Fascinating piece on the granddaughter of Fred Phelps leaving Westboro Baptist Church.

Fun

2-Year Old Trick Shot Video / This little guy is remarkable.