Monday Start: Resources for the Week

start_button_gif (1)Christian Education

Don’t miss this very good post by Dr. Harold Shank, President of Ohio Valley University.  See “Why Choose Christian Education?”  Excellent!

Resources

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.

Prayer

Terry Rush has written a great post entitled “Calling for Prayer Expansion.”  Made me think about my own prayer life.

Digital

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.

Productivity

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.

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

Start (1)Ministry

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.

Amazing discount!

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!

Fred

Jonathan Storment has written a very thoughtful and needed post “God Loves Fred.”  (Regarding Fred Phelps.)

Free

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.

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

Start1The 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.

Creativity

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!

Reading

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!

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

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.

Ministry

Don’t miss this!  “Eight of the Most Significant Struggles Pastors Face” by Thom Rainer.

Teenagers

See Laurence Steinberg’s “What’s Holding Back American Teenagers?” (Slate).  Very interesting.

Self

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?”

Reading

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.

Running

Here is a great story about a young runner from North Carolina with M.S.  (New York Times)

 

 

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

start (1)Habits

Leo Babauta has written an excellent post “36 Lessons I’ve Learned About Habits.”  Babauta offers some great suggestions!

Great Quotes

Klick Health has written a good piece “What Your Business Can Learn from a Legendary Basketball Coach.

Personal Organization

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.

Ministry

Terry Rush has written a good post entitled “Just what does a minister do anyway?”

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

start-here_400wDo 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.”

Philemon

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.)

Beauty

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.”

Burnout

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!

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

startnow8norWriting

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.

Stewardship

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.

Jonah

Kevin Youngblood’s (Harding University Bible professor – Searcy) commentary on Jonah is reviewed in Koinonia.  Also included is a video clip of Youngblood.

Preaching

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.”

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

start_button_gifFear

Be sure to read Jeff Goin’s post “Stop Being Afraid.” Something I need to read occasionally.

Better

Erika Andersen has written a good post entitled “7 Steps To Make Your Life Better.”  Some practical, and helpful suggestions.

Paperless

From Time magazine, “How to Go Paperless” written by Kristy Holch.

N.T. Wright

Great quote by N.T. Wright on the church.

 

Ministry Inside: Resources for the Week

startnow8norBeing 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.

Marriage

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.

Regarding Church

“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

Productivity

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.”

 

Monday Start: Resources for the Week

Creativity

This is an interesting piece by Shane Parrish at Farnam Street.  See “Why creative people tend to be eccentric.”

Preaching

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.  

Children

This post by Thom Rainer is worth reading by any minister or church leader.  See “Seven Things We Learned From Pastor’s Kids.”

Sports

Terry Mattingly has written a fascinating post in Get Religion entitled Concerning that strange, lost Sports Illustrated Tebow epic.

New Year

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.