Links for your weekend reading:
Practical Ways to Be Missional
The following 16-point guide includes practical examples of simple things you can begin doing to bring gospel intentionality to your schedule. Hopefully as you are reading through these examples it will spark ideas for your own life.
How to be on Mission in the City
- Get grounded in the gospel
- Learn your city’s story
- Engage in the life of your city
- Discern your city’s idols
- Retell your city’s story with the gospel
Twelve Ways Pastors Went from Burnout to Vision
I recently spoke with 17 pastors who had experienced burnout, or who felt they came precariously close to burnout … I asked them the obvious question. What did you do to reverse the dark spiral of burnout? … When it was all said and done, I tabulated twelve different responses from the 17 pastors.
Let Them Come Home
Looking back on my years of rejecting Christ, I offer these suggestions to help you reach out to your wayward child so that they, too, would wake up to Christ’s amazing power to save even the worst of us.
How to Survive a Cultural Crisis
Here, then, are seven principles for surviving the very real cultural shifts we're presently enduring.
Are Theists the Only People Who Have the “Burden of Proof”?
Theists aren’t the only ones who have to answer these questions. If naturalism is true, naturalists have their own unique burden of proof.
Why You Can't See Your Biggest Flaws
How can we be shaken out of our lethargy and awakened to our need to grow? Here are some principles I have gleaned from Newton's letters over the years.
33 Reasons to Abstain from Porn
To give myself a fresh shot of motivation, every single morning I remind myself of 33 reasons why I must abstain from porn. I call it “My Personal Purity Motivation.”
Quit Calling Your Wife Hot
It is a great thing to honor your wife publicly. It’s good for people to know your devotion to her and how much you love her. It’s good for people to know you are attracted only to her and want only her. But keep the hotness talk inside the walls of your home.
Your Big Vision Might be Killing Your Project: Why You Should Start Thinking Small
True impact comes from a repeated motion toward a simple goal, over and over.
Faced With Overload, a Need to Find Focus
Here’s a radical proposal: Don’t check your e-mail at all tomorrow morning. Turn it off entirely. Instead, devote a designated period of uninterrupted time to a task that really matters.
Creative People Say No
“No” makes us aloof, boring, impolite, unfriendly, selfish, anti-social, uncaring, lonely and an arsenal of other insults. But “no” is the button that keeps us on.