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.
Don’t miss this powerful post by Michele Cushatt “When It’s Time to Say Goodbye.”
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.
The following is the weekly “Monday Start.” (Ok, I know it is Tuesday but here it is anyway.)
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.
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.”
Wow. This is a memorable video from Victoria Labalme on the “Power of Brevity.” She makes her point.
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.
See Paul Sohn’s list! “Counting My Blessings: 100 things I’m Thankful For.” Caused me to reflect on what I am grateful for.
See Coy Delistraty’s “The Importance of Eating Together.” Some important words for so families regarding the importance of eating together.
See Stuart Scott’s ESPYS speech “Never Give Up.” I love this annual award.
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.
Don’t miss Michele Cushatt’s fine post “The Secret to Becoming a Standout.” An excellent reminder that we need to be ourselves.
Hopefully 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.
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.
Seth Godin says much in so few words. See “The difference between impossible and nearly impossible.”
See Roger Olson’s fine post “How American Evangelicalism Has Changed . . .” This made me pause and think.
“My Zombie, Myself, Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead.” From The New York Times.
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.
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.
From Duke’s Faith and Leadership, Laura Nichol has written a fine piece “Rethinking capital – its more than money.”
Jan Hoffman recently had an interesting piece in The New York Times entitled “Cool at 13, Adrift at 23.”
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.
You might read Skye Jethani’s thoughtful post “How Churches Became Cruise Ships.”
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.”
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!
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.”
From Daily Blog Tips by Ali Luke: See “Top Resource: 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014 from the Write Life.”
See Melanie Pinola’s article in Lifehacker, “Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills.”
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.
This is interesting. I would really like to read the entire report. See Geraldine Bedell’s “Mother’s of innovation” (Financial Times).
Words to avoid when writing. (Globe and Mail)
Son keeps his promise to his dad and gives him a 1957 Chevy for his birthday.
Thom Rainer has written a very good post “12 Reasons to be Optimistic About the Future of Local Congregations.”
Have you seen these resources? Some very helpful resources (video, audio, notes) from Austin Grad’s Sermon Seminar.
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.”
See Victoria Labalme’s video in which she discusses “The Amateur Versus the Professional.”
See this post by Eric Geiger “Why Your Pastor Needs a Sabbatical.” One way to bless your entire church.
Students should watch this video. “My Advice to Students” (series). Matthew Barrett says, “Don’t Forget to Read Scripture.”
John Saddington has written a good post “Mr. Proctor, Mr. Gamble.” Two unlikely business partners.
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.”
See Thom Rainer’s “The Most Common Factor in Declining Churches.” I rarely miss one of Rainer’s posts.
Third 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!
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.
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.”