Don’t miss this very good post by Dr. Harold Shank, President of Ohio Valley University. See “Why Choose Christian Education?” Excellent!
See Michael Hyatt’s “99 Resources to Make Your Personal and Business Life Hum.” Excellent resources. I don’t know anyone who creates better lists of helpful resources.
Terry Rush has written a great post entitled “Calling for Prayer Expansion.” Made me think about my own prayer life.
Chris Brogan has written a nice piece “The Single most Effective Change I Made to My Digital Presence.” Certainly made me think about how to use digital media today.
Leo Babauta has written a post “The Hard Stuff Often Matters Most.” Could be very helpful in learning to better organize and structure one’s day.
Don’t miss Dr. Harold Shank’s fine post “Growling Over Ministry.” I have great respect for Harold and for his love for Scripture and ministry. This post is a great reminder of the importance and value of ministry.
Did you know you can purchase the Kindle edition of Tim Keller’s Center Church for $2.99? This is one of the best ministry books I have ever read!
Jonathan Storment has written a very thoughtful and needed post “God Loves Fred.” (Regarding Fred Phelps.)
Have you seen Putting Jesus in His Place by Robert Bowman, Darrell Bock, and Ed Komoszewski? Get it while it is free as a Kindle book.
The morning and learning languages
Watch Miles Van Pent’s video (3:54) in which he reflects on learning languages. Van Pent is the co-author of Basics of Biblical Hebrew. See “My Advice to Students — Van Pelt Shares Solid Languages Advice He Got and Wished He Got.” Note that he advises that students “Get up early and do this before anyone wants your time.” I find this to be useful advice not only for learning languages but for doing many things that are priorities.
Maria Popova has written a good post “Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery” in which she reviews The Rise by Sarah Lewis. Very interesting read!
Jason English has compiled these numbers in this piece from Mental Floss. See ”Which Country Reads the Most?”
Getting your rhythm back
Ann Voscamp has written an excellent post entitled “What to do to Get Your Rhythm Back.” Glad I read this today!
The following are a number of resources that you may find interesting and even helpful. I became aware of each of these within the past week.
Don’t miss this! ”Eight of the Most Significant Struggles Pastors Face” by Thom Rainer.
See Laurence Steinberg’s “What’s Holding Back American Teenagers?” (Slate). Very interesting.
Charles Degroat has written an article “Becoming Ourselves: Anthropological Musings for Christian Psychologists.” (religions). Particularly relevant as a common discussion in this culture seems to center around the question “What does it mean to be human?”
See Teddy Roosevelt’s “Ten Rules for Reading” (farnam street blog). I have never regretted reading too much or too often. However, I have sometimes wished I had read more.
Here is a great story about a young runner from North Carolina with M.S. (New York Times)
Do one thing really well.
Read John Stackhouse’s fine piece “What Can You Do?” He describes the experience of a public school teacher as she attempts to manage her large and complex class. His advice to teachers is useful for the rest of us. ”Do one thing really well.”
On growing older and doing it well.
John Willis (in his 80s) has written a fine post “Bearing Fruit in Old Age” in which he states that people were always meant to continue growing.
“God’s true people NEVER ARRIVE BECAUSE God, the great farmer, causes us to keep GROWING throughout life. If I am the same person today I was ten years ago, I have stagnated. GROWTH demands CHANGE by definition.”
I watched this outstanding performance of Philemon by Dr. David Rhoads this morning. This is outstanding. (2013 SBL pre-conference Performance Criticism event in Baltimore, MD.)
As the father of two daughters, I am especially sensitive to a post like this. Andrea Lucado has written a good post “Beauty: The Race We’re All Losing.”
Anne Miller interviews Thom Rainer regarding burnout and ministry. There are five videos in this series. Each of them is between 3-6 minutes long. In this post, you can find links for each of the five. This is excellent!
Jeff Goins has written a fine post “How to Stop Sounding Stupid and Write Like a Pro.” I read Jeff’s blog regularly and find him very helpful and inspirational.
Jeremy Bouma has reviewed Craig Blomberg’s book “Christians in an Age of Wealth.” This looks to be an interesting book by this well respected New Testament scholar.
Kevin Youngblood’s (Harding University Bible professor – Searcy) commentary on Jonah is reviewed in Koinonia. Also included is a video clip of Youngblood.
Don’t miss this essay by John Stackhouse (Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.) in which he challenges all of us to reflect on what we are preaching. See “Preaching that Avoids the Scandal…and the Centre.”
Be sure to read Jeff Goin’s post “Stop Being Afraid.” Something I need to read occasionally.
Erika Andersen has written a good post entitled “7 Steps To Make Your Life Better.” Some practical, and helpful suggestions.
From Time magazine, “How to Go Paperless” written by Kristy Holch.
Great quote by N.T. Wright on the church.
Being a Dad
Tara Hedman has written an excellent post entitled “What Little Girls Wish Daddies Knew.” A very good post that ought to be read by every dad who has a daughter.
Michael Hyatt has a very good podcast that is worth your time. See “5 Reasons to Speak Well of Your Spouse in Public.” Whether your spouse travels a lot or you both have become lax in the way you speak about one another, this could be a very helpful post.
“I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.” (Pope Francis – Evangelii Gaudium)
(Thanks to Allan Stanglin for this quote)
Rebecca Greenfield has written a nice piece for Fast Company entitled “How Etsy’s Creative Director Uses Intricate To-Do Lists To Free Up Big-Idea Brain Space.” Articles like this help me examine my own daily habits and how these might impact my productivity.
Just for Fun
Now here is an amazing shot! See “John Wall makes the most ridiculous circus shot of the NBA season.”
This is an interesting piece by Shane Parrish at Farnam Street. See “Why creative people tend to be eccentric.”
My friend Wade Hodges (Preston Road Church of Christ — Dallas) has written a post on preaching. Chasing The Short Sermon is worth some thought and reflection.
This post by Thom Rainer is worth reading by any minister or church leader. See “Seven Things We Learned From Pastor’s Kids.”
Terry Mattingly has written a fascinating post in Get Religion entitled Concerning that strange, lost Sports Illustrated Tebow epic.
Alece Ronzino has written a guest post on Jeff Goins’ blog that is worth reading. Don’t miss The New Year’s Resolution You’ve Already Broken.
We have moved to Memphis. As of January 2, I work at Harding School of Theology. This week I resume writing this blog. Each Monday I will post a feature entitled “Monday Start: Resources for the Week.” This post will consist of links to articles, books, etc. that might be of interest to you.
Don’t miss this post by Karen Spears Zacharias. The post “Mothers and Mental Illness” is a good reminder of what some mothers struggle with.
You might be interested in “Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Spring Semester 2014.”
From The Chronicle of Higher Education, Michael C. Munger writes “10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly.”
Asking in faith
John T. Willis has written a brief but encouraging post entitled “Ask in Faith – James 1:5-8.”
Some people believe that one overcomes another’s objections by presenting arguments and answers. However, the “no” one receives may be rooted in something deeper. See Seth Godin’s post “Coming from ‘no’.”