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The following are links to posts that I found particularly interesting this week. Maybe you will see something that interests you. startnow8nor.png

Everything New

Check out this video by Jeff Cook that Scot McKnight posted. It is very good. I look forward to reading the book. You might enjoy his website.

On writing

Have you been reading Jeff Goins’ series: 15 habits of Great Writers? It is very well done. I especially enjoyed one recent post in this series entitled: “Great Writers Share Other’s Work.”

Also be sure to see this letter to a writer who is losing confidence.

Particularly for men

Have you seen Patrick Morley’s new book Man Alive? You might enjoy the website as well.

On ministry and identity

Some ministers are perceived by others to be important. Meanwhile other ministers feel self-conscious and believe they have little, if anything, to offer. I reflect on this kind of self-perception in this post which begins with this sentence: “When I first began preaching and serving as a “full-time minister,” I soon realized that some preachers were considered to be important people.”

Regarding e-books

Be sure to see Wade Hodges’ post “Thirteen Lessons I’ve Learned From the Ebook Business.”

I’ll take one of these offices!

The Libraries, Studies and Writing Rooms of 15 Famous Men.”

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Glad to see this changing.

I was glad to read this post! I’ve been concerned about this characterization for quite some time. “No more dumb old dad: changing the bumbling father stereotype.”

Fathers and sons: Do I ever relate!

Be sure to read this piece from Canda’s Globe and Mail. Do I ever relate! I once put a huge dent in the door of my father’s driver’s side car door (on a car that was practically new) as I put the car in neutral and tried to push it out of the garage. Unfortunately, as I was pushing it out of the garage, the door I had failed to close adequately got jammed against the door facing of the garage. Not good.

The future.

I found this post interesting: “6 Tech Concepts Changing the World.” I find it helpful to occasionally read such posts so I can keep up with changing technology.


Check out this post from my friend Allan Stanglin’s blog regarding a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal regarding “sheep stealing.” Very interesting.

Tony Evans and his dad.

What a great post! Tony Evans talks about the transformation of his dad.

Reflecting on Pastoral Ministry.

Ron Edmondson has written a good post: “7 Ways I Want to Improve as a Pastor.” A good post with insights worth thinking about.

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Pete Scazzero (The Emotionally Healthy Church author) announces transition. Read about it here.


I love this powerful tweet by Mark Batterson (June 3, 2012) “if you are LOOKING FOR AN EXCUSE you will ALWAYS find one. quit making excuses and start making choices.”


Lee Camp interviews Walter Brueggemann as he reflects upon his life.


“Stop Looking for Excuses not to be Awesome” by Jeff Goins. A very good post!

Standing up!

Ernest Hemingway at his standing desk.


Evangelical leaders on Twitter (New York Times).

A must read

Five Secrets Pastors Refuse to Tell” by Thom Rainer.

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I found this post by Mike Martel helpful: “Ten Ways to Make Your Writing Quick and Easy.” I am not sure if the suggestions necessarily make writing quick and easy. However, these are excellent suggestions for anyone who is challenged to be creative.

Regarding the Truth

Don’t miss this excellent article from the Wall Street Journal (appeared in the print edition on Saturday, May 26, 2012). Dan Ariely has written a thoughtful piece entitled “Why We Lie.”

Jesus Creed

You might enjoy reading “Before You Quit.” It appears on Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight’s blog. I wrote this after seeing my youngest daughter graduate with her Master’s degree which caused me to reflect on a time when I almost quit.


I just read Alyce McKenzie’s very fine book Novel Preaching. Each year, I read several books on preaching which help me in evaluating where I need to grow in my own preaching. McKenzie’s book offered some very good suggestions.

Commencement Speech

In his column on CNN online, William J. Bennett featured the commencement speech of former Navy Seal, Eric Greitens who spoke at Tufts University. The speech is featured in the column and is excellent. Greitens is a 38 year old Rhodes scholar and humanitarian worker. (Thanks Mark M. for calling my attention to this.)

Monday Start (Resources for the Week)

Do you have a dream?


This may be one of the best posts Jeff Goins has written: “When You’re Scared to Death, Do Something Anyway.” I really enjoy reading Jeff’s posts. You might enjoy this great interview with Jeff Goins.

Pictures of the day

You might enjoy these pictures from The Telegraph (UK). I especially like the first one.

Do you read fiction?

I confess. I read very little fiction. I am wondering if I should not be reading more. See this post from Scot McKnight.

What they are thinking

You might be interested in this chart from Scot McKnight’s blog entitled “What Young Adults Care About.”

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You May Be Thinking About Technology and Relationships.
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This TED talk made me think. Professor Sherry Turkle speaks about why we seem to expect more from technology and less from each other.

You May Be Thinking About Ministry.

Gene Wilkes (a great guy!) has written an important post: “4 Things I Learned in 25 Years of Ministry.” Ministers really ought to read this post.

Rick McKinley interviews Eugene Peterson (video). “‘Pastor’ is not a job description; it really is a life that is shaped in a certain way.” Eugene Peterson really makes me think about ministry.

You May Be Thinking About Your Faith.

Lanny Davis (attorney and political commentator) has written a fine post. “What Chuck Colson taught me about using the word hate.‘”

Perhaps You Are Thinking About Your Life.

Kara Alexander has written a very thoughtful post about raising small children and the tendency to enroll them in numerous extracurricular activities.

Here are some very practical ideas for living a missional life. Josh Reeves has written: “25 Simple Ways to be Missional in Your Neighborhood.” Be sure to read his second post as well: “25 More Ways to Easily be Missional in Your Neighborhood.”

Monday Start (Resources for the Week)

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Thinking About Ministry?

Here is a fine interview with Eugene Peterson on “The Reading and Writing Life of the Pastor.” Don’t miss this.

See this interview with Jimmy Dorrell of Mission Waco “How to Get Middle Class Congregations Involved with the Poor.”

Interview with Mike Cope – “Interview with Mike Cope and His Ministry at What Really Matters.”

Looking for a Good Blog Post?

Don’t miss Matthew Paul Turner’s post “25 Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading.” I discovered a number of blogs here that are new to me.

From Copyblogger note this post: “58 Ways to Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love.”

Looking for Something Interesting?

See this post from Mental Floss: “11 Early Scathing Reviews of Words Now Considered Masterpieces.”

Have you seen Thinkers50?

Josh Graves has written an article which was posted at Fox News Online. “Let’s Make Sunday a Day of Rest, For God’s Sake.”

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Gary Thomas is a writer whom I have enjoyed for a number of years. This past weekend, Charlotte and I were a part of a marriage seminar with him. Outstanding! You might enjoy some of these free resources from his website.

I continue to be amazed at how much money Americans are willing to spend on weddings.

Thinking about ministry?

I have read Andy Rowell’s blog for a number of years. Recently I read several posts and caught up with what I’ve missed. Don’t miss these links! Eugene Peterson’s lectures at Seattle Pacific University. Also note his post Theological and Biblical Audio Resources. Some very good resources cited.

Thinking about your walk with God?

During the last week, I have been reading Martin Laird’s Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation. (Thanks to my friend Keith Meyer for the recommendation.)

Do you read Conversations? This is an excellent journal representing various streams of thought. The focus is on “Authentic Transformation.” The most recent issue includes such writers as Ruth Haley Barton and John Ortberg. You might start here.

Mindy Caliguire interviews Dallas Willard. Very good!

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The Subtle Art of Sabotaging a Pastor by Jared Wilson.

Killing the clergy softly: Congregational conflict, job loss, and depression by David Briggs. (Thanks to Scot McKnight.) There is so much truth to this. I have seen it often, particularly in congregations that value peace above anything else. As a result, they allow immature and destructive behavior to continue.

Be an encourager today by Kevin Martineau. I can’t overemphasize the importance of this ministry.

Thinking about your life?

Extending the narrative by Seth Godin. A great post in which Seth Godin explains our attraction to what is safe.

Write Something Dangerous by Jeff Goins. Jeff specifically addresses writing but the principle is true on a number of fronts. Far too often, we play it safe, which in reality can be quite dangerous. Jeff’s advice:

Right now, you just need to write. Those rationalizations are good, old-fashioned stall tactics. They’re fear speaking, loud and clear. Everything will fall into its place. Trust me. Trust yourself. This will work. But only if you are brave. If you write dangerously.

Sticky faith by Drew Dyck. Notice the opening sentence to his post: My low point as a youth pastor came years after I quit.

7 Steps to Becoming a Happy Person Others Want to Be Around by Michael Hyatt. Sometimes gifted, resourceful people actually damage their own credibility by their attitude. In other words, they may have a great deal of knowledge but people don’t want to be around them because of their attitude. A post worth reading!

Monday Start (Resources to Begin the Week)

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For Your Thinking

You might enjoy reading this post by Michael Barber, a young Catholic scholar entitled “New Document Promotes Priority of Scripture in Theology.” Very interesting. (Thanks to Scot McKnight for this post.)

Ernest Hemingway’s favorite books.

Audio of James Bryan Smith (and others) from the recent Aprentis Institute conference in Dallas. These talks flow out of The Apprentice Series.

I am not sure how I became aware of this, but this magazine, which targets women, looks very interesting. (As the father of two adult daughters, I am interested in publications that speak to women and the values of those publications.)

You might enjoy the following regarding productivity and organization.

Jeff Goins has written a great post entitled The Best Way to Pursue Your Life’s Work. I found this post very helpful. Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed by my work, I find that I am attempting to start big instead of small.

Also see his very fine post: 3 Important Habits for Building Influence that Matters.