Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

Are You Weak Enough for God to Use You?

God is so single-minded in his preference for weakness, that when he wants to use us, he often begins by weakening us.

Steward the Gifts God Has Assigned to You

So live your assignment. Steward your gifts to the utmost for the sake of others. Aspire to be the very best and most fruitful you that you can be for God’s glory.

Being an Iceberg Pastor

Whatever public ministry a pastor engages in (that bit above the surface) needs to be built upon a lifetime of preparation, growth, character, learning, and reliance on God (the mass under the surface).

Are You a Rebellious or Submissive Leader?

Submission is not a word you usually connect to leadership but it may be one of the most powerful attributes for a leader to succeed in going the distance and successfully passing that baton of leadership to his/her successor.

7 Ways to Create Time to Think

I recently shared with some of my team seven ways that I am trying to implement more brain time into my life. Here they are...

5 Freakish Things a Church Must Do

Your church should be seen as a bit odd, freakish, and otherworldly. Here are five peculiar things a church must do...

7 Questions Every Church Needs to Answer

Seriously. Take a day, sit down, and work through these questions.

Saturday Links

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Telling an Alternative Story

A future with hope is one we can build together intentionally, while the future of fear is one from which we can only run haphazardly. The difference is the story we decide to tell.

7 Critical Abilities of Senior Leaders

Here are 7 critical abilities of senior leaders.

A God? That’s Complicated

Canadians hanging on to personal faith as organized religion declines: poll

5 Integral Reasons Mature Disciples Sleep

So why should mature disciples sleep? Here are five integral reasons.

Five Steps to Digital Hygiene

Each habit is hard to swallow and easy to maintain. Worth it.

The Dead End of Sexual Sin

John Owen’s understanding of indwelling sin is the missing link in our current cultural confusion about what sexual sin is — and what to do about it.

Tired of Yourself? Jesus Will Never Tire of You

What better reason to start getting honest about our lives—that we are incomplete works in progress on the way to being made complete—without fear of being rejected or dismissed?

Take heart. In Jesus, you are loved.

Saturday Links

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He Descended into Hell?

What happened after Jesus died? We know that his body was laid in Joseph’s tomb, but what about his human soul?

Peddlers vs. Pastors

Are you a peddler of God’s word or a pastor of the Word? Here’s how you can tell.

Church Planting vs. Church Revitalization

Planting and revitalization are apples and oranges. Don’t mix them. You create confusion in the Church when you do. Just look around in North America.

The Idolization of Entrepreneurialism

We love the notion of running our own lives from tip to tail, including vocationally. But that notion is a pipeline of dissatisfaction for many. It corrodes our contentment in the work God has given us, and that’s a problem.

Respect Your Audience

How will I communicate in such a way to respect my audience and treat them as my peers instead of like marginally intelligent preschoolers?

7 Small Changes That Produce Huge Results

Small changes repeated over time. Huge results.

Saturday Links

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Walking with a Limp

Were I left to my devices, choosing the "easier path," I would have little need for God. As it is, my weakness is actually the open door through which the grace and power of God enters.

Not That Bright

You don’t have to bear the burdens of the planet, just bear witness to the one who can.

Thoughts on Note-Taking During Sermons

I want them to see preaching in the worship service not as a lecture or as primarily an educational transmission to their minds, but as prophetic proclamation and as primarily aimed at their hearts.

Sing Your Heart Out

Here are five encouragements to enjoy this privilege and its benefits in the life of the body of Christ.

5 Trends to Watch in the Missional Community Conversation

These are the 5 trends to watch in your local church and in the broader missional church conversation.

  1. Re-Valuing of Sunday as Missional
  2. Customizing Missional for Each Church
  3. Patient Discipleship
  4. Dependence on Prayer
  5. Empowerment of women and youth

Religion Isn’t Dying. It May Be Rising from the Grave.

Religion in Canada isn’t declining nearly as fast as we think. A remarkable new survey finds out what Canadians really believe.

Nine Every Morning

I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.

Saturday Links

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Parents, Let’s Be Honest and Stop Acting like We Know What We’re Doing

I’m a sinful parent trying to teach his sinful kids about a great Savior. My parenting most definitely will not save my kids.

3 Bad Reasons to Leave Your Church

Stop treating your local church like your high school girlfriend, and start treating it like the bride of Christ.

Community Isn't A Bed of Roses

When you live in community with others it is dirty and intimate and confronting and sharp and challenging. It also provides amazing opportunities for growth and companionship.

Church Growth - From Evidence to Action

The findings of the Church Growth Research Program didn’t reveal a “single recipe” for growth but the researchers found that there are a number of common factors which appear to be associated with growing churches of any size, place or context.

10 Reasons to Consider Church Revitalization — Even Over Church Planting

There are so many churches who are ready to grow again with the right pastoral leadership. And, I encourage some of our young, eager, pastors — even some who may be considering church planting — to consider allowing God to use you in revitalizing an established church.

Seven Distinguishing Habits of Highly Effective Pastors

  1. They have genuine enthusiasm.
  2. They are great listeners.
  3. Their identity is not their vocation.
  4. They are intentional about personal witnessing.
  5. They have unconditional love of their critics.
  6. They have a gentle spirit.
  7. They persevere.

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

Here are some tips for designing an effective agenda for your next meeting, with a sample agenda and template below.

Come and Die

Come and die (and live!).