Friday, December 11, 2015

Weekend Roundup: Twelve Articles, Ten Audios, One Podcast, and Three Videos

If You Are a Christian, Please Stop Doing These 5 Things

Here is some stuff Christians should stop doing. Read more

20 Truths From The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership

What does extraordinary leadership look like? Learn from Jenni Catron's new book. Read more

Young Leader Shifts – Parts 4 and 5

Here are the links to Part Four and Part Five of Jonathan Pearson's 5-part blog series for young leaders.

How to Give Great Feedback [Video]

Here’s a ten-minute training video on how to give great feedback. Watch it with your team for even better results. Watch now

5 Reasons Pastoral Tenure Could Increase – Rainer on Leadership #182 [Podcast]

On today’s episode, we discuss a few reason why pastors—Millennials in particular—may not be moving from church to church as often as in the past. Read more

6 Ways Not to Preach the Birth of Jesus

...let me offer six mistakes to avoid when preaching the story of Jesus’s birth. My concern is to help you proclaim, in the power of the Spirit, the birth narratives in a way that raises your listeners’ love and affection (and yours) for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Read more

Does the Bible Support Slavery? [Video]

Dr. Peter Williams, Warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, recently spoke at the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, Texas. His topic: “Does the Bible support Slavery?” The fascinating 57-minute address (followed by 18-minute Q & A session) is well worth your time. You may be surprised by some of the conclusions he draws.Watch now
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Daily Bread: 8 Reasons Why You Need It More than You Think

Today, I’ll start with some of the general benefits of daily Bible reading. While these are true for any type of Bible reading, a thorough reading of the entire text enhances them. And, while most of us may say we may believe these truths, it’s helpful to be reminded of that which is good for our souls. Read more

Four Kinds of Christmas [Video]

Glen Scrivener in the UK has produced another thought-provoking Christmas video.You can use the video in church – and share it with your friends. See the video - as well as previous videos - and an evangelistic e-book, at
Here’s a direct link to the 33MB mp4 file. To download, right-click and Save As.
Need a Christmas Playlist? 10 Seasonal Songs from Sufjan Stevens [Audio]

Ever since he released his first Christmas themed EP over a decade ago, Sufjan Stevens' seasonal songs have been a key part of any celebration of Advent and Christmas for many of us. Listen now

The Missing Strand in Much of Our Discipleship

...the non-conformist impulse in our culture clouds our vision so that we are unable to see a very important aspect of disciple-making. Followers of Jesus are to be transformed by the renewing of their minds, demonstrate the mind of Christ, and discern, with biblical wisdom and guided by the Spirit, what it means to live faithfully in the 21st century. It follows, then, that our responsibility to those we disciple includes an element of getting them to reason a certain way. Read more

You Can’t Keep Anyone at Your Church

Invest your time solving the issues of why people leave rather than chasing those who have left. Read more

It Starts With Cookies: James River Church

Todd Yearack, director of events, assimilation and communications at James River Church, shares how the church makes its guest experience memorable beyond the worship service. Read more

10 Questions to Ask at Your Christmas gathering

Here’s a list of questions designed not only to kindle a conversation in almost any Christmas situation, but also to take the dialogue gradually to a deeper level. Use them in a private conversation or as a group exercise, with believers or unbelievers, with strangers or with family. Read more

United Kingdom: Christian Grandmother Sentenced for Letter to Islamic School Saying Muslims Worship Satan

A 68-year-old woman has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service after writing a three-page letter to an Islamic girls school claiming that Muslims worship Satan. Read more

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