Links of the Week (8/26/17)

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

Why Churches Decline and Die – by Paul Alexander

Years ago, a church started in the Phoenix east valley. This church plant grew rapidly. Helping new people meet Jesus, they became one of the first mega churches in the east valley. Eventually the pastor, under whose leadership this growth took place, left and the succession didn’t go very well. Neither did the next succession. Or the next. In fact, that church went through 18 straight years of decline until at the end of that decline they ended up merging with another church.

The Rise of Digital Technologies and the Decline of Reading – by Tim Challies

It seems we’ve come to a time in history when there’s no problem we won’t blame on technology. Digital technology is ruining our attention spans and social skills, it’s destroying our memories and displacing our hobbies, it’s demolishing the way we see the world and downgrading the way we interact with one another. We are slaves to our screens, to our ever-present glowing rectangles. They threaten everything that’s precious to us. Or that’s the narrative we hear again and again.

Pastor Takes Out Second Loan On Home To Purchase Logos Bible Software – by Babylon Bee

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—After reading glowing reviews about Logos 7 Bible Software and deciding he needed to get it in order to fully immerse himself in God’s word, Pastor Richard Fields of First Baptist Church took out a second loan on his modest home to foot the bill, sources reported Friday.

With Creativity, Quantity Comes Before Quality – by Phil Cooke

The other day my wife Kathleen and I were in the car listening to the new “Beatles” channel on our satellite radio. She remarked on the number of songs the Beatles had obviously recorded that we’d never heard before, and honestly, a significant number of those songs are junk

4 Lies that Cause Pastors to Neglect their Families – by Jaime Owens

The walls of our church’s nursery needed painting. So there I was, on my regular day off with a brush in my hand. A country song I’d never heard before—“The Dollar,” by Jamey Johnson—filled the room as I splashed the first coat of something called Polar Bear over the entrance door.

The Best Books on Church Revitalization – by Brandon Hilgemann

I recently read over a dozen books on church revitalization. Here are my favorites:

13 Fall Outreach Ideas For Your Church – by Church Fuel

Are you looking for some ways to reach out to the community and invite people to church this fall? Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Rookie Preacher Articles

Why You Should Write More Often and How to Start – by Joe Hoagland

Dave Stone’s 8 Principles to Great Preaching – 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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