Links of the Week (8/8/15)

Each Saturday we point you to the best content we have encountered over the week on the internet.

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What If I Could Only Have 25 Books in My Minister’s Library? – by Thom Rainer

Scary. We know. But check out these recommendations, nonetheless. You’ll survive. Don’t worry.

The Incredible Paradox of Comfortable Christianity – by Brian Jones

In a letter historians call, “The Epistle To Diognetus,” an unknown 2nd century disciple wrote to a skeptic named Diognetus to answer his questions about this strange new religion called “Christianity.” The opening lines of his letter capture what people must have found so appealing about followers of Jesus roughly 1,750 years ago.

9 Convictions I Have About The Church – by Perry Noble

Don’t miss any of these.

Propaganda – Bored of Education

Guarding Your Heart in the Pulpit – by H.B. Charles Jr.

Let’s face it. The pulpit is a dangerous place. It can fill the preacher with pride that leads to his downfall. It call fill the preacher with discouragement that causes him to give up. It can fill the preacher with fear that prostitutes his divine message for human approval.

Organizing a Pastor’s Life in Evernote – by Brandon Schmidt

Back in college, I remember taking a class that helped you with practical advice in ministry. One week, we were told to create a filing system for your office, something that was expandable, yet easy to navigate and search. The reason is simple: pastors need to collect and save a lot of info—from journal articles on a specific passage, quotes, and sermon illustrations. Our professor stressed the importance of having a filing system; otherwise you would collect all these pieces of information and never use them. He said this system would become your brain, storing all the info until you needed it.

21 Things You’ll Never Regret As a Leader – by Carey Nieuwhof

Challenges come and challenges go in leadership. The difference between great leaders and poor leaders is often how their character responds to crisis.

Great leaders adopt practices, attitudes and positions that they quite simply never regret.

And that’s the key: there are some things you do as a leader that you’ll just never regret.


Rookie Preacher Articles

Why Exposical Preaching is the Best Option

Church Leader: Do you want to Reach the Younger Generation?

Jon Gordon on Getting Buy-In From Your Team

*Bonus*

Featured on ChurchLeaders.com:

6 Reasons Why *Every* Pastor Should Have a Blog

Featured on SermonCentral.com:

There’s More Than One Way To Prepare A Sermon: 5 Approaches

 

Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Spiritual Development Pastor at a fast growing church in Batavia, Ohio, called The Crossing. Among the many things he does at The Crossing, serving on the teaching team is one of them. He also writes at BrandonKelley.org. You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.