Steve Norman has written a very fine post on some of the benefits of seminary. Working with Harding School of Theology, I obviously believe there are great benefits that one can receive at a seminary. See 4 Surprising Benefits of Seminary.
For your brain
These two articles deal with the kind of food that might enhance the brain. See 7 Back to School Breakfasts that Boost Brain Power and Researchers Find 8 Superfoods That Drastically Boost Your Brainpower At Work.
Bill George, a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School has written a good article entitled Self Awareness: Key to Sustainable Leadership (Huffington Post).
Being with people in grief and loss
Maria Popova has written a great piece in Brain Pickings. See Barbara Walters on How to Be There for the Newly Bereaved and Brokenhearted. (Maria Popova often writes thoughtful and useful posts that are helpful and interesting.)
Terry Rush has written a post entitled Anti-Religion is a Religion. Worth reading.
Public speaking and preachers
Don’t miss this fine post. Volume and the Public Speaker: Be Heard and Be Effective. This post contains important reminders to anyone who does public speaking.
Marriage and the dangerous question
See this post by one of my favorite writers, Gary Thomas — The Question That Can Destroy Your Marriage.
Do you read Brain Pickings, or the Farnam Street? If not you may be missing some great resources. Each one these sites frequently offer interesting and helpful resources that I would otherwise miss.
Do you listen to Jeff Brown’s Read to Lead podcast? Not only does he interview authors but he also asks them what they are reading. I often come away with a valuable nugget this podcast.
Do you watch TED talks? See this fine post “A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage.” (Michael Hyatt via Jordan Hubbard)
Do you listen to Audible books? I have found this to be a terrific resource! Listening to Audible books enables me to read far more than I would otherwise be able to read.
Don’t miss this. “What You Can Do Every Night To Make A More Productive Tomorrow.”
Perhaps some of these will be helpful.
The Supremes — Much discussion regarding the Supreme Court decision last week regarding same-sex marriage. I found several posts helpful. See these two posts by John Mark Hicks. This one was posted Saturday and this posted Sunday. You might also look at this post by Harding School of Theology professor, Carlus Gupton. Also from First Things see “After Obergefell: A First Things Symposium.”
Work — See Christine Porath’s piece from The New York Times, “It’s Time to Be Nice at Work.” From Business Insider see “9 Things Successful People Do Right Before Bed.”
Leadership — See Jason Garrett’s video “Jason Garrett Princeton Varsity Club Citizen-Athlete Award Speech.” A good speech on leadership.
Risk —I love this quote I heard this week from actor Tom Selleck playing his character on a Blue Bloods episode. At one point he said “Risk is the price you pay for opportunity.” I really like that!
Not What I Would Expect — You might enjoy this interesting article from the New York Times. “A Cleaner Fleet Week: What Do You Do With a Cultured Sailor?”
In this series, I share with readers resources (articles, books, reviews, etc). I do not attempt to list everything that I read or skim. The following might be helpful, insightful, interesting, or at least worth a glance.
I read this piece a few days ago and am still reflecting on this. “Colorado Teacher Shares Heart Breaking Notes From Third Graders.” Each note begins with the phrase “I wish my teacher knew.” I wonder what others might say regarding some of the significant people in their lives. For example:
Children – “I wish my mother/daddy knew…”
Church members – “I wish my preacher knew…”
A spouse – “I wish my husband/wife knew…”
See “11 of America’s Most Spectacular Libraries.” Wow!
You might read “On Jordan Spieth’s Bag: Part Caddie, Part Teacher and Encourager.” Part of the inspiring story of the 2015 Master’s champion. (New York Times)
Alice Walton has written an interesting piece entitled: “Can You Spot a Narcissist? It’s Not As Easy As You Think, Study Finds.” (Forbes)
Maria Popova has written a review of David Brook’s book The Road to Character. See “The Art of Stumbling: David Brooks on Character. . .” (I appreciate Maria Popova’s blog and find that she often offers a “nugget” that is worth my thinking or further reading.)
See Shane Parish’s post “Saying No: How Successful People Stay Productive.” Notice the emphasis in this post on scheduling. This post is very much in line with Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. For many of us, the issue is determining what things ought to be done and what things do we need to say “no” to.
See “Why You Should Commit 30 Minutes to Daily Learning (Without Fail).” Maybe I enjoyed this because I believe it in this so strongly. I try to learn something every day. I may read a book, listen to a podcast, or read a periodical. In a very short period of time, one can learn something.
From The New York Times, see Tony Schwartz’s article “When Employee Engagement Turns into Employee Burnout.”
Organizational Culture and Productivity
See “Toyota’s Jamie Bonini on Organizational Culture.” See what Manoush Zomorodi has done with these ideas in this post on her blog New Tech City. I find this helpful.
Reading and Podcasts
Right now I am reading A Brief History of Thought by Luc Ferry. This past week I also read a few short stories by Flannery O’Connor. One of the periodicals that I look forward to skimming is Books & Culture: A Christian Review. Excellent articles. I also become aware of a number of significant books through this journal.
Note that I am selective about what I include in this post each week. More than anything, I want to include links and resources that I think might be helpful to you in some way.
You may will find the following resources interesting or helpful. Most of these are resources that I have come across in my reading.
I recently read “The People’s Preaching Class” (The Christian Century). This post is about Fred Craddock, longtime professor of preaching and author of several important books on preaching. I will always cherish the week that I spent in Fred Craddock’s summer preaching class at Emory University. This class was not only inspirational but taught me much.
Jeri Dansky has written an interesting piece in Unclutterer entitled “Getting Work Done Using Time Blocking Techniques.” I will often set my 25 minute clock (app) on my phone. I find this very helpful so that I can focus.
See “On My Shelf: Life and Books with Tim Keller.” I have a great appreciation for Tim Keller’s writing. This is a sampling of what he reads.
From Mike Bickle see “E.M. Bounds Books on Prayer (Public Domain)”
I’ve learned much from Nancy Duarte! See “How to Tell a Story.” (video) These videos are usually helpful and practical.
From Newsweek, “Dying Dutch: Euthanasia Spreads Across Europe.” Very interesting and insightful article.
I was home with the flu last week. (I wouldn’t wish that on anyone!) There were a few sites that I stumbled upon while I was out. You may find these helpful (below). I also finished Wayne Muller’s book Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives and Ian Paul and David Wenham’s Preaching from the New Testament. Finally, do you read “How I Work” which appears at lifehacker.com each week? This is a great series. I read each one.
This may help
Note the recent New York Times Article, “If You Want to Meet That Deadline, Play a Trick on Your Mind.” The title alone caught my eye. Interesting piece on ways to manipulate your perception of time which can actually help you meet your goal.
Ann Handley wrote a good piece on creativity based on a video by Sir Ken Robinson. One particular sentence stuck with me from her post: “…creative people know that creativity finds expression in many ways.” Creative people, regardless of what they do for a living, look for different ways to do what needs to be done.
See this interesting post by Oliver Burkeman, “Why We Tell Strangers Our Secrets.” Also note the article in Harvard Magazine “Choosing Confidents” based on the same research.
See Shane Parish’s post “The Decision-Maker: A Tool for a Lifetime.” (I realize there is something to be said about spiritual discernment which really isn’t discussed in this article. However, I still find these kinds of posts interesting and even helpful.)
For several years I used Trello, which is a very fine organizational tool. However, I have recently began using Nozbe. The switch wasn’t because of any dissatisfaction with Trello. Rather, Nozbe is a tool which complements what I have gained from David Allen’s Getting Things Done. It also integrates nicely with Evernote.
Justin Zoradi has written an excellent post “9 Important Tips for Sometimes Writers.” (Guest written for Donald Miller’s blog.) This piece has a number of great practical suggestions. Also see “8 Great Writing Hacks Every Creative Writer and Blogger Should Know” by Ivan Dimitrijevic.
Deception and Brokenness
A sad story of broken humanity and sin. See this piece which recently appeared in the Dallas News: “The Rise and Fall of a North Texas Con Man.”
“When a Little Girl with Down’s Syndrome Showed What’s ‘Possible‘” by Amy Julia Becker.
I just finished reading The Truth Shall Make You Odd by Frank G. Honeycutt. (A book of reflections on ministry and integrity.) Presently, I am reading Rookie Smarts by Liz Wildman and Chuck DeGroat’s “toughest people to love.”
Hopefully, you had a great Thanksgiving. We were able to be with family in Dallas on Thanksgiving day. We also visited with two of our grandchildren and our daughter and son-in-law. I really enjoyed holding little Lincoln and wrestling with Brody.
1. This past week I have been reading The Truth Shall Make You Odd by Frank G. Honeycutt. I read several chapters from this book a few years ago and am now reading the entire book. Very insightful and helpful for reflecting on one’s ministry.
2. See “How to Make To-Do Lists Better, Faster, and More Fun” by Stephanie Vozza. Helpful.
3. Whether you like poetry or not, don’t miss L. L. Barkat’s piece from the Huffington Post “10 Great Titles for the Poet’s Wish List.” I have gained a real appreciation for poetry because of L. L. Barkat and her writing.
4. You might find valuable the article “How to Give a Stellar Presentation” which appeared recently in the Harvard Review.
5. See the piece by Maria Popova “C. S. Lewis on Why We Read.”
See “Where to Look for Insight” by Mohanbir Sawhney and Sanjay Khosla (Harvard Business Review).
J.R.R. Tolkien’s 10 tips for writers. Interesting and helpful tips.
See this infograph: Why You’re Still Bored. Very interesting regarding boredom, social media, and the culture.
Making a List?
Stephanie Calahan has written a good post, “I’m Sure You Have a To-Do List, But Do You Have a To-Be List?”
One More List
Rachel Gillett has written a good article “What Happened When We Created Daily Lists of Our Successes.”