Links of the Week (2/11/17)

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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Evangelicals and the Loss of Prophetic Imagination – by Sharon Hodde Miller

This year has changed me. I say this in all earnestness and with no dramatic intent, but this year really has changed me. I am not the same person I was, and my calling has shifted too.

7 Lies Most Pastors Tell – by Carey Nieuwhof

I’m a pastor and, I hate to say, I sometimes tell lies.

21 Skills Great Leaders Must Have To Be Successful – by Brian Dodd

Do you want to be a great leader? Of course you do or you would not be reading this site! Let me give you some practical information which will help you be the best leader you can possibly be.

Do You Really Need Another Book on the Christian Life? – by Brandon Kelley

There’s a trend in Christian writing. We either focus on grace and only grace. Or we focus on discipleship (which ends up really being a focus on morality and ethics). 

I don’t see those things as separate things, but intricately connected and vital for one another.

Ten hard lessons I’ve learned about leading the Lord’s church – by Joe McKeever

This is not the final list. I’m still learning.

Most of what follows about leading God’s church is counter-intuitive. Which is to say, it’s not what one might expect.

Letter from a Skeptic – by Christian Standard

Editor’s note: We present the following essay as an example to Christians, showing us how many skeptics think about the faith we hold dear. The thoughts and arguments here are not unique, and Christians do well to listen to them. In a separate post, Dick Alexander answers this anonymous writer. You’ll want to read his piece after you’ve read this one.

Not Everybody Likes You or Me (And It’s Okay) – by Kurt Bubna

The desire to be liked and approved of by others runs deep in most of us. Maybe all of us. We are wired for connection to other humans. We are made to be in meaningful relationships. And when we know or sense that someone in our sphere of influence doesn’t like us, it hurts.

How to Make Your Non-Fiction Reading More Productive – by Michael Hyatt

I’m a serious reader and have been most of my life. Most leaders I know are. We realize there’s a major ROI on time dedicated to reading.

5LQ Episode 153: Thomas Terry of Humble Beast – by Barnabas Piper and Todd Adkins

In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper talk with Thomas Terry, hip hop artist as well as co-founder and current owner of Humble Beast. Humble Beast is a record label and a community of creative people seeking to show Jesus to the world and express truth with creativity and excellence. They do this through music, apparel, conferences and events, and even coffee in the past. The conversation is wide ranging and has a unique flavor because of Thomas’s and Humble Beast’s emphasis on creativity and artistry.

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Rookie Preacher Articles

Free 4-Week Sermon Series Kit: Crucified to Life – by Brandon Kelley

Leadership Lesson At 30,000 Feet – by Peter Walters

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 Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.


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