Links of the Week (8/12/17)

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

3 Reasons to Be Thankful for Bad Sermons – by Brandon Hilgemann

We’ve all endured ugly sermons.

The delivery was poor. The explanation of the text was lacking. The outline was difficult to follow.

If All The Bible Translations Had a Dinner Party – by Stephen Altrogge

This was hilarious!

7 Ways We Put a Not Welcome Sign on Our Church – by Ron Edmondson

I was running once and saw this sign and the first word that popped in my head was “Closed”. Anything which seems exclusive to the people already on the inside makes me as an outsider seem unwelcome. I’m sure that’s not the intent this church has with this sign.

9 Compelling Reasons Why I Preach – by Marvin Williams

Each week, before I walk on the platform at Trinity Church, I ask myself a simple but profound question: Why do I preach? Here are at least nine reasons why I keep preaching.

Beware (and Embrace) the Power of Story – by Tim Challies

There’s a new gospel in town, and it has recruited cadres of evangelists. This new gospel heralds peace with God and man, it proclaims enlightenment through acceptance. Yet it’s not acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but acceptance of a new morality, the embrace and endorsement of what Christians have long understood to be forbidden.

Breaking News: Science Disproves the Bible – by C. John Collins

A study in genomic sciences that was on most counts not newsworthy has made big headlines in recent days, both in the media’s initial declarations and in the ensuing reaction. The cynic in me suspects that the whole thing was predictable from the very get-go.

17 Quotes From Bill Hybels And The Opening Night Of The 2017 Global Leadership Summit – by Brian Dodd

Tonight was the opening of the 2017 Global Leadership Summit.  It is the annual gathering of over 400,000 leaders across the globe.  The feed went down about 40 minutes in but I did capture the following quotes:

Tame Your Collection of Sermon Illustrations with Evernote – by David M. Pett

I use Evernote to collect and catalog illustrations. Why? Because it’s versatile, searchable and scalable.

4 Gospel-Centered Phrases to Hang Your Life On – by Michael Kelley

Words make worlds.

What if the Gospel is Better and Bigger Than We Have Believed? – by Brandon Kelley

Every now and then, someone comes into our lives and makes us think afresh about something important. They connect the dots in such a way that displays a masterpiece that is full of beauty, consistency, and power. Here’s a question for us to ponder: what if the gospel is better and bigger than we have believed?

My wife and I announced something really exciting… We’re having twins!

Rookie Preacher Articles

3 Lessons From A Well-Loved 80-Year-Old Preacher – by Peter Walters

A Necessary But Difficult Transition Pastoral Staff Must Make to See the Church Grow – 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 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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A Necessary But Difficult Transition Pastoral Staff Must Make to See the Church Grow

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