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.
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.
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.”
In 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?”
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.
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.
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.”
See Thom Rainer’s post “Sex, Millennials, and the Church: Five Implications.” I appreciate Rainer’s tone as well as his research.
Wisdom I often read posts written by Dr. John Willis. I read him for his wisdom. Today he writes about Movers and Shakers.
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.
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.”