Links of the Week (7/22/17)

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

American Churches Have a Better Reputation Than Higher Ed or the Media – by Kate Shellnut

According to Pew Research Center, Americans view the impact of religious institutions more positively than colleges, labor unions, banks, or the media, and their reputation has changed little during the political shifts over the past few years.

How to make the most of the 1st minute in a speech. – by Jon Acuff

It doesn’t have to be a mic drop moment. It doesn’t have to be outrageous or over the top or shocking. It just has to incite curiosity.

The 5 C’s of Preaching – by Jared C. Wilson

What are the basic elements of biblical preaching?

How do you know you’re preaching a Christian sermon and not simply giving a religious or spiritual lecture?

How to Become a Better Reader – by James Emery White

One of the most frequent questions I get is how to keep up with culture. My stock answer is to read voraciously. Then the follow-up comes: How can I become a better reader?

The Agonizing Ordeal of Eugene Peterson — You Might Be Next – by Albert Mohler

Was he against it, before he was for it? Is he really against it now?

The ordeal experienced last week by popular author Eugene Peterson was agonizing to observe, largely self-inflicted, and virtually inevitable. You should pay close attention to it, for you might very well be next.

Every Book of the Bible in One Word – by Garrett Kell

God reveals himself through his Word. When he speaks, he teaches us what he is like, how he acts, and how he desires us to respond. As a whole, the Bible is about God. It’s about God the Father displaying his glory through God the Son by the power of God the Holy Spirit.

A Different Style of Prophetic Preaching – by Chris Benjamin

I have noticed a trend toward equating “prophetic preaching” with a confrontational, rough and tough style of delivery.  It is a little less than what was once called a “hellfire and brimstone” sermon.  Maybe it is closer to what was once called a “toe-stomping” sermon. I have inquired about the fascination with such prophetic preaching and it seems to be praised as preaching that “keeps it real,” or “convicts.” Of course I have only inquired with those who have prefer this style. I can’t seem to get much out of those who are impervious to homiletic broadsides.

Called to Serve Millennials, But Can We Reach Them? – by Haydn Shaw

Churches have three main options for reaching millennials (those born 1981–2001). When I consult with churches, I usually recommend the first, and sometimes the second, but never the third because it’s the one that doesn’t work.

The favorite books on my shelves – by Joe McKeever

After giving away a few thousands books–dealing with the ministry, history, cartooning, and a hundred other subjects–I’ve pared down my collection to a stark 500 or so.  And, painful though it is, I’m still trying to shrink that number.

Rookie Preacher Articles

How to Eliminate Distractions in Sermon Prep – by Joe Hoagland

Captivate Your Audience, Kill Bad Habits, and Master the Art of Sermon Delivery – by Brandon Kelley

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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.