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)
Leo Babauta has written an excellent post “36 Lessons I’ve Learned About Habits.” Babauta offers some great suggestions!
Klick Health has written a good piece “What Your Business Can Learn from a Legendary Basketball Coach.”
See Michael Hyatt’s “The Beginner’s Guide to Task Management.” Whether you deal with your own task management the way he does, you are still way ahead by looking at the way he manages his own life.
Terry Rush has written a good post entitled “Just what does a minister do anyway?”
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.
“The Letter is Dead, Long Live the Letter” by Maria Popova in Brain Pickings.
Thom Rainer has an excellent podcast “How to Respond to Criticism – Rainer on Leadership #031.”
“40 Inspiring Workspaces of the Famously Creative” by Summer Anne Burton.
Always helpful. See Victoria Labalme’s “Presentation Skills – Animating Experiences, Adjectives and Emotions.”
Bill Mounce’s advice on what to remember regarding seminary or graduate studies.
The following are some resources which might interest you. As usual, they cover a variety of subjects. For the most part, they are articles or posts that I have read recently and found interesting.
See “Fox News’ Highly Reluctant Jesus Follower” by Kirsten Powers. A very thoughtful piece about the author’s own spiritual journey.
Dan Bouchelle has written a good post as a guest writer on Mark Woodward’s blog. The post “Doing Short-Term Missions Well, Part One” is worth the read.
My daughter Jamie Kiburz passed on this excellent piece on marriage. ”Marriage Isn’t For You” by Seth Adam Smith.
See “Ten Rules for Writing First Drafts” by Demian Farnworth. Helpful.
Brain Pickings posted an interesting piece by Maria Popova entitled “The Secret to Learning Anything: Albert Einstein’s Advice to His Son.”
This is interesting. This post discusses the number of hours that certain preachers spend on sermon preparation.
From Mashable “Amazon Paperwhite is the Best Digital Reading Experience Money Can Buy.”
See this article: “Pope Francis marks Assisi visit with calls for church to shun worldliness.”