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
The past few weeks have been good to me on all fronts, as several new titles I’m particularly pumped about have shown up in my mailbox (and occasionally my desk). Here’s a look at some of the ones I’m most excited about:
Every time we preach we have an opportunity to fulfill our God-given calling to impact lives with the truth of God’s Word and the hope of the gospel. But the effectiveness of our preaching is impacted by a host of variables we cannot control, including distractions in the room. But there is something we can control, and that is how well we prepare.
The closing to a sermon by the great Old Princeton theologian B.B. Warfield (1851-1921):
In October 2016 Tim Keller gave a talk at Google, based upon his book Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical. He lays out his case in the first 35 minutes, followed by 20 minutes or so of Q&A.
If you’re a church leader who thinks strategically, you’re probably going to get criticized. Maybe even more than you ever dreamed.
Hard circumstances surround us about as much as air. From a flat tire on a rainy day, to opposition from friends, to family scuffles, to grave illness, and more, we will not remain insulated from difficulty.
If churches are to grow and develop in the next 100 years, we will need to raise up younger leaders. If you are a 20-something, perhaps you aspire to, or are on a trajectory toward, church leadership. As someone who has had to grow into a position of senior leadership, I want to share a few thoughts with you in the hopes that you will walk this path carefully—always in step with the Holy Spirit and the way that God has wired you.
I once stood in a room awash in the palest light falling tired through worn sheer curtains.
And one woman stood in front of that window, cupping her child like she was holding a part of her heart, and I could hear her singing this lullaby, like it was her baby’s heartbeat, like it was all the questions pounding in our broken hearts:
Has your church grown beyond 750 people, but seems to be bouncing up aimlessly against an attendance ceiling? Does it seem like you’ll never be able to see more than a thousand people attend the Church on a weekend unless it’s a big day like Christmas Eve or Easter Sunday? Have you wondered as to what happens so different in some churches that they are able to continue to grow beyond the size that your church seems to be stuck at?
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