Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

Tangled Up in Blue: Depression and the Christian Life

Of all the people who should be leading the way in a careful handling of depression, the church should be foremost, both in affirming it's complexity, and in bringing hope to those in its clutches.

A Sample Letter to Help Cultivate Community While Struggling with Depression-Anxiety

It is sad that we use the same logic to isolate ourselves in the experience of depression-anxiety that is commonly used to silence an abused child or a spouse experiencing domestic violence. With our silence about our struggles we become the warden to our cell of isolation.

Chosen is Better Than Worthy

Why worry about being worthy or not, when Christ has called you chosen?

Cultivating Wonder in Children

As you go about discipling your children, as you teach them their Bible verses and correct them when they disobey, do not neglect the sacred discipline of awe.

Never Resist the Urge to Pray

Let us be a people who never, ever, resist the urge to pray. After all, we know the urge is from God, to be used by God, accordance with his commands for our good.

On Platforms, Self-Promotion, and Pleasure Complete

John’s happiness was not tied to his platform. His happiness was tied to God’s purposes.

11 Preaching and Pastoring Lessons Learned from My Mentor

Following are 11 of the preaching and pastoring lessons I’ve learned from my mentor.

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The 2017 Mindset List

For this generation of entering college students, born in 1995, Dean Martin, Mickey Mantle, and Jerry Garcia have always been dead.

  1. Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend.
  2. They are the sharing generation, having shown tendencies to share everything, including possessions, no matter how personal...

God Uses Two "Gardens" To Grow Our Children

The most important task we have as a church is to teach the next generation the gospel.

26 Ways to "Provoke the 1 Peter 3:15 Question" at Work

Here is a list of 26 ways we’ve come up with that you can live provocatively at work....

  1. Get to work early so you can spend some time praying for your co-workers and the day ahead.
  2. Make it a daily priority to speak or write encouragement when someone does good work...

7 Reasons to Keep a Journal

As one who has kept a journal for many years, journaling has been an invaluable means of grace in my Christian walk and a practical discipline with many benefits.

Here are seven quick reasons I commend the practice.

10 Myths about Lust

If you embrace these 10 myths about lust, then you will find no remedy for your lust. Instead, you will dive into a “black hole” of sin. Embrace Truth; reject these 10 myths.

Three Things Every Lead Pastor Must Do

Every lead pastor, regardless of church size, should be devoted to three key priorities weekly.

3 Reasons Many Leaders Receive Too Much Credit/Blame

There are at least three reasons many leaders receive too much credit and shoulder too much blame.

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Instead of Building Your Platform, Build Your Character

You build your character, and let God build your platform and influence.

6 Nuggets of Wisdom for Leaders

Here are a few other nuggets of wisdom I have received from others who have greatly influenced my leadership.

5 New Habits to Help Church Leaders Do More in Less Time

Here are a few areas that would be worth considering to increase your output for the rest of your year.

A Word to the Introverted Pastor: Be Extroverted on Sunday

If you asked most people in the churches where I have served as pastor, other than those who know me really well, they are surprised I am an introvert based on my Sunday interactions with people. I’m very extroverted on Sundays.

So how do I do it?

Why Pastors Should Preach About Body Image

Body image is not a fringe issue. It is without a doubt ravaging members of the church in both visible and invisible ways. That's why I hope pastors will end the silence.

Six Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

What is life like now because of the smartphone? How has the iPhone changed us? These self-reflective questions may seem daunting, but we must ask them.

The Most Important Hour of Your Life

Life today is fast and full of opportunity. The complication is we think we have to do everything. The implication of this is we end up being pulled into endless distractions without pausing to really think.

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Theology, the Last Resort

It is troubling that we often become more biblical when the difficult realities of life occur, our possessions are removed, and the comfort is gone. We get theologically serious.

What would happen if we allowed biblical doctrine to guide our lives each day, everyday?

The Great Commission Means Sharing Christ's Story, Not Yours

Gospel presentations that include personal testimonies should take care to emphasize the gospel itself (the news of Christ’s death and resurrection), not merely our personal experiences of life transformation.

An Open Letter to "Gospel-Centered" Preachers

I’m not saying don’t preach Jesus from every text – do. But we oughtn’t to treat Jesus revelation of himself “in all the scriptures, beginning with Moses and the prophets” as a kind of epistemological cereal box decoder ring.

Why Pastors Should Go On More Walks

The simple step to boosting your creativity is simply taking simple steps.

Comfort for Christian Parents of Unconverted Children

Although salvation is the work of God and not something that we can do for our child, there is hope. Consider the following...

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Millennials Need a Bigger God, Not a Hipper Pastor

When we tell them they’re special, we’re merely echoing what educators, coaches, and parents have told them their whole lives. But when we present a ravishing vision of a loving and holy God, it just might get their attention and capture their hearts as well.

Putting Your City in Its Place

When we know that place matters, that all nations live on the ground somewhere, it keeps us from the nebulous goal of trying to reach everybody on our own, and most importantly, it hones our focus on reaching somebody.

Seven Ways to Love Your Pastor

Pastor Paul shared seven ways that a congregation can love their shepherd, and his words of encouragement are applicable to every local church context.

Six Symptoms of a Dysfunctional Church

In my quest, I found six recurring themes. In every one of the congregations, the church manifested at least three of these symptoms.

Faith and Mental Illness

There will always be a central place for spiritual care—especially the faithful ministry of preaching, teaching, sacraments, prayer, and discipline. But, like a kid with a broken leg, getting people to the "emergency room" may be the first order of business.

5 Tips to Keep Email from Ruining Your Life

There’s no magic button that can reduce your email flood to a trickle. But by eliminating the unimportant junk, minimizing the back-and-forths, and using helper software, you can go a long way toward making the deluge manageable.