Monday Start: Resources for the Week

Quick-StartNoticing

See Shane Parish’s review “The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See.”  Find the review here.

Multipliers

Lately I have been listening to an excellent book “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.”  It is excellent!  You can find a summary (pdf) here.

Don’t Miss This

Golf pro Rory McIlroy  hits a shot which then land’s in a fan’s pocket!

Introductions

See “5 Mistakes to Avoid When Introducing a Speaker.”  Those of us in churches, on Christian College campuses who regularly introduce speakers could learn something from this.  Far too often at lectureships, seminars, etc. we make the setting unnecessarily difficult for a speaker because of the introduction.

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

start (1)The following are resources which I have read in the past week and found interesting.

Communication

Don’t miss this!  Kristi Hedges “Why Leaders are Poor Communicators.”  This is so true. Sometimes the worst communicators are leaders.

Sobering

In the New York Times Pranay Sinha has written an opinion piece entitled “Why Do Doctors Commit Suicide?”

Family

See Tierney Sneed’s article in US News and World Report “The ‘Leave it to Beaver’ Family Has Been Left Behind.”

Age

See Lolly Daskal’s article “Accomplish Great Things at Any Age.”

Interesting

Jane Scearce has posted these great tools!  “21 Simple Online Tools for Everyday Needs.”

 

 

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

start (1)Church

See Terry Rush’s post “Why Christians Struggle With the Church.”

Relationships and church

See Allan Stanglin’s excellent piece “Surprise” regarding Euodia and Syntyche.   How early believers dealt with their differences.

Death

Don’t miss this powerful post by Michele Cushatt “When It’s Time to Say Goodbye.”

Time

Don’t miss this excellent podcast by Michael Hyatt and Michele Cushatt.  See “Why Doing Less Is the Best Way to Do More.”

Also, be sure to consider Greg McKeown’s new book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. This is such a good book!  I found it very helpful in reflecting on my use of time.

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

start (1)The following is the weekly “Monday Start.” (Ok, I know it is Tuesday but here it is anyway.)

For Students

Scott Rae (Biola University) encourages students (seminary students in particular) to see their study as a part of their calling and discipleship.  See this excellent two and a half minute video.

Creativity

From Inc magazine “9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next Ten Minutes.” Some helpful suggestions.

A new word

Harold Shank has written a nice post which many will relate to.  See the “counterparts.”

Brevity

Wow.  This is a memorable video from Victoria Labalme on the “Power of Brevity.”  She makes her point.

Wrap-up

I am reading David Benner’s Desiring God’s Will.  The Preface and the first chapter have me hooked.  Also, I recently read Paul David Tripp’s Dangerous Calling.  A great book that deals with real-world ministry issues.

 

 

 

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

start-here_400wThankfulness

See Paul Sohn’s list!  “Counting My Blessings: 100 things I’m Thankful For.”  Caused me to reflect on what I am grateful for.

Meals

See Coy Delistraty’s “The Importance of Eating Together.”  Some important words for so families regarding the importance of eating together.

ESPYS

See Stuart Scott’s ESPYS speech “Never Give Up.”  I love this annual award.

Sports 

Don’t miss this list.  “The Top Ten Sports Websites for June 2014.”  Football season will soon be here.  Time to bookmark a few of these.

Very good!

Don’t miss Michele Cushatt’s fine post “The Secret to Becoming a Standout.”  An excellent reminder that we need to be ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

July4Hopefully you had a great Fourth of July!  We spent the weekend with our daughter Jamie and son-in-law Cal.  We went to see Charlotte’s mom, her sister Carole, and brother-in-law Keith.  It was a great weekend.

Now for the resources.  Hopefully at least of one of these will be interesting and even helpful to you.

Reflections

This post contains reflections on Robert L. Johnston Jr. who was my Greek teacher at Abilene Christian University.  One semester, I took a Greek readings class with him and learned much about Greek, the text, and what it means to be a Christian gentleman.  I was the only one in this class.  Each day he served hot tea prior to reading the text.

The difference

Seth Godin says much in so few words.  See “The difference between impossible and nearly impossible.”

Evangelicalism

See Roger Olson’s fine post “How American Evangelicalism Has Changed . . .”  This made me pause and think.

Life

My Zombie, Myself, Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead.”  From The New York Times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

Start2Reading

I heard Laura Nichol Speak last week in Pittsburg at the meeting of The Association of Theological Schools.  She is a business consultant from Houston.  Excellent presentations.  This reading list is from the Rios Advisors website.

Ebooks versus paper

See this article which appeared in the Financial Times “Ebooks vs paper” by Julian Baggini.

Basketball

Really like what NBA commissioner Adam Silver did during the draft for Baylor’s Isaiah Austin. Just days earlier Austin received news from doctors that he had a disease which would prevent him from ever playing competitive basketball.  Here Silver announces that the NBA has “drafted” Austin.

Resources

From Duke’s Faith and Leadership, Laura Nichol has written a fine piece “Rethinking capital – its more than money.”

Adolescents/Young Adults

Jan Hoffman recently had an interesting piece in The New York Times entitled “Cool at 13, Adrift at 23.”

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

start (1)Burnout!

Thom Rainer has written an important post regarding ministry and burnout.  See “Autopsy of a Burned Out Pastor: 13 Lessons.”  I suspect that any minister who has ever experienced burnout will relate to at least a portion of this post.

Church

You might read Skye Jethani’s thoughtful post “How Churches Became Cruise Ships.”

Important

I just read an important post!  The post by Terry Rush was important because it is exactly what I needed to hear today.  How easy it is to forget Resurrection power!  See “The Kingdom Energizing Factor.”

Memoirs

Michele Cushatt has updated her list of memoirs.  See “In Search of a Good Memoir (UPDATED).” By the way, Michele is an excellent writer.  Her blog is very good!

Sleep

Michael Hyatt has written an excellent post on the value of sleep and makes some great suggestions. I need all the help I can get with this subject!  See “6 Strategies to Sleep Soundly, Wake Rested, and Accomplish More.”

 

 

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

Start2Writing

From Daily Blog Tips by Ali Luke: See “Top Resource: 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014 from the Write Life.”

Communication

See Melanie Pinola’s article in Lifehacker, “Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills.”

Dad

See the article by Katherine Shaver (Washington Post) “Do Father’s Day Cards that portray dad as an incompetent boob reflect today’s fathers?

Also note the review by Bruce Feiler (Washington Post)  Book Review: ‘Do Father’s Matter, on the science of fatherhood” by Paul Raeburn.

Mom

This is interesting.  I would really like to read the entire report.  See Geraldine Bedell’s “Mother’s of innovation” (Financial Times).

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

startWriting

Words to avoid when writing.  (Globe and Mail)

Feel-good story!

Son keeps his promise to his dad and gives him a 1957 Chevy for his birthday.

Church

Thom Rainer has written a very good post “12 Reasons to be Optimistic About the Future of Local Congregations.”

Resources

Have you seen these resources?  Some very helpful resources (video, audio, notes) from Austin Grad’s Sermon Seminar.

Sleep

I paid little attention to the value of sleep for years.  However, Michael Hyatt has written a fine post in which he discusses the value of sleep for productivity.  “Why People Who Sleep Longer Achieve More.”

Presentations

See Victoria Labalme’s video in which she discusses “The Amateur Versus the Professional.”