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.”

 

 

 

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

start (1)Sabbatical

See this post by Eric Geiger “Why Your Pastor Needs a Sabbatical.”  One way to bless your entire church.

Scripture

Students should watch this video.  “My Advice to Students” (series).  Matthew Barrett says, “Don’t Forget to Read Scripture.”

Interesting

John Saddington has written a good post “Mr. Proctor, Mr. Gamble.”  Two unlikely business partners.

Worship

Richard Beck has written a very good post on singing, worship, and hymns.  See “Worship Songs Aren’t Just for God: On Lament and Old Hymnbooks.”

Sobering

See Thom Rainer’s “The Most Common Factor in Declining Churches.”  I rarely miss one of Rainer’s posts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

StartThird Third of Life

See this fine post by Walter Wright from Fieldnotes Magazine regarding his book The Third Third of Life: Preparing for your Future.  I really enjoyed this book!

Productivity

Note this info graphic regarding productivity and time wasters.  “The Four Biggest Productivity Killers in Your Office.”  Sobering!  (Thanks Tim Spivey).

James Bryan Smith

I enjoy reading anything James Bryan Smith writes.  See his post “Defining Spiritual Formation: The Need.”  I have read almost every book Smith has written.  A very good and helpful writer.

Leadership Lessons

Shane Duffey has written a fine post on Perry Noble’s blog entitled: “Five Leadership Lessons I Learned When I Began to Work In A Church.”

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

StartIn your backpack

Pete Scazzero writes thoughtful posts regarding the interior life.  See his post “Removing the Clutter.”  Scazzero asks this important question, “What are you carrying in your “leadership backpack” that needs to be removed so you can listen for God in your interior world?”

Self-differentiation

Also, don’t miss this post by Scazzero  “Am I Becoming a More Mature, Differentiated Leader?”  This is such an important concept for any leader to grasp.  I am thankful for Ed Friedman whose books, papers, and speaking introduced me to this concept many years ago.

Creativity

See Ann Voskamp’s post “Why Your Soul Needs You to Make Time to be Creative: 7 Keys to Being More Creative.”  This is a good post!  Like so many of Ann’s posts, it has numerous pictures and a fresh way of expressing the ordinary.  Be sure to finish the post since the seven keys are actually listed at the end.

Time

Lifehacker recently had a post entitled “The Best Time of Day to Do Anything.”  Agree or disagree, these posts typically make me think.  For example, skim through this post “The Best Sounds for Getting Work Done.”

Sex

See Thom Rainer’s post “Sex, Millennials, and the Church: Five Implications.”  I appreciate Rainer’s tone as well as his research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

Start (1)Wisdom  I often read posts written by Dr. John Willis.  I read him for his wisdom. Today he writes about Movers and Shakers.

Stackhouse

John Stackhouse is interesting.  I find his writings stimulating, provocative, and thoughtful.  Agree with him or not, he makes me think. Even this post regarding upcoming courses this summer at Regent makes me think.

Again speaking of wisdom

Bill Mounce has written an interesting post based on a new book by John Walton and Andrew Hill.  The post deals with the meaning of wisdom.

Fear

Here is a great post by Harold Shank on fear.  Much needed regardless of one’s age.

Storms of life

John Mark Hicks has posted a number of videos of a class he taught recently entitled, “Yet Will I Trust Him: Trusting God In The Storms of Life.”