Links of the Week (3/4/17)

Each Saturday we point you to the best preaching, leadership, and ministry content we have encountered on the internet during the week.

Links of the Week

Links of the Week

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I Wish Christians Would Argue More – by Trevin Wax

I wish Christians would argue more.

No, I’m not being sarcastic or saying this with an eye roll. I mean it.

I want Christians to argue more and fight less. To take it a step further, I’d even say that fighting less depends on our willingness to argue more and better.

10 Things I’d Do If I Were Raising a Daughter Today – by Ron Edmondson

One thing I have observed, even in my own life, is what an important role a dad plays in a child’s life. And, again, watching others, it seems to me if the right foundation is set, the role of a dad can help a girl have confidence, feel loved and beautiful, and achieve great things. The right foundation can help a girl avoid, or at least recover, from many of the scars life naturally will bring. Even when a girl becomes a woman. And, the dad plays a huge role in establishing this foundation – either by what he does or doesn’t do, whether fully present or completely absent.

What Tolkien Did So Well, What We Do So Poorly – by Tim Challies

Please read this. We all need to be challenged to do this better.

Why the American South Would Have Killed Charles Spurgeon – by Christian George

In 1859, an American minister named “Rev. H.” traveled to London to meet the famous pastor of the New Park Street Chapel. 

When Spurgeon discovered his guest was from Alabama, his “cordiality sensibly diminished.” A six-month American preaching tour would expedite the construction of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, but could Southerners tolerate Spurgeon’s stance against slavery? When Spurgeon asked his guest this question, the Alabamian said he “had better not undertake it.”

This advice might have saved Spurgeon’s life.

Five Ways Churches Can Encourage Members to Share on Social Media – by Jonathan Howe

For much of the past 14 months, I’ve encouraged churches to engage members and prospective guests online. Whether through Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, your church can reach, inform, and inspire more people when you use social media wisely and effectively.

7 Steps to Start Becoming a Church People Want to Commit To – by Karl Vaters

People who don’t go to church, don’t want to go to church. They’re not rolling out of bed late on Sunday morning wishing they had somewhere more churchy to be.

Are We Asking Questions So Loudly We Can’t Hear the Answers? – by Brian McNarry

A couple of years ago I decided to give journaling another shot. Before that I was the person who loved the idea of journaling, but hated the actual practice. I would buy a really nice notebook and a pen with a good weight and feel to it, make two entries several days apart, and then never crack it open again. This time I did something different; instead of using a notebook, I installed an app on my iPad. Now I could have reminders pop up when I hadn’t written in a while, and soon found that I was writing one to two times a week on average, and sometimes even more when there were events happening in life that needed some extra processing time.

10 Ministries That Will Never Go Out of Style – by Eric McKiddie

… there are ways you can shepherd your flock that will never go obsolete. They don’t scale and they aren’t efficient, but they make an impact on individual lives every time you do them.

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5 Great Benefits of Using Real Paper for Sermon Preparation – by Brandon Kelley

 

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.