This Week’s Links

Internet1Tuesday on my blog means that I get to share some of what I have found interesting and thought provoking with all of you. To this end, this week’s topic categories are: Church and Ministry Thought & Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership Thought & Practice; Millennials; Neighbor Love; Social Media & Blogging; Stewardship; Vocation and Miscellaneous. I hope you enjoy these links!

Church and Ministry Thought & Practice

As has been the norm this summer while Bishop Mike Rinehart has been on sabbatical, Pastor Don Carlson shared some reflection about this weekend’s upcoming lectionary appointed texts. Check this post out for ideas if you are preaching or leading worship this weekend.

Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Bishop Elizabeth Eaton joined the “Things That Matter” Podcast last week. Check out the half hour podcast featuring a conversation with Bishop Eaton about a wide range of topics.

Zack Hunt shared news about a pastor who is challenging his denomination over the ordination of women. Pastor Frank Stevenson of St. Luke Primitive Baptist Church recently granted fifteen preacher’s licenses to women in his church.

Don Underwood shared this post simply titled, “Questions” via Ministry Matters. There’s good reflection in this. Spend some time with this, this week.

Kristin Berkey-Abbott wrote about “Monastics and the modern mind.” This is an interesting read, well worth a couple minutes to learn a bit more about an important monastic like Bernard of Clairvaux.

Jan Edmiston reflected on “The Sleep Patterns of Pastors.” As she asks, allow me to repeat, “How are you sleeping?” In a separate post, Jan also asked, “Who are we working around?” Good question.

Allison and I with our friend Emily Wiles
Allison and I with our friend Emily Wiles

Matthew Gault shares news that I honestly think you have to read to believe, “Texas Megachurch Preaches the Power of Drones.” I also appreciate the sub-title, “Poor taste won’t stop this pastor.” What do you think?

Two friends and now pastors Emily Wiles and Peter Weston Miller from Luther Seminary were featured in a story called “Faithful and Relevant” by Rebecca John in Augsburg Now. 

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Friend, blogger and communications specialist Carrie Gubsch shares this post, “On Mitch McConnell, Giant Metal Chickens and Difficult Conversations.” In this, Carrie looks at the challenges related to listening to people and being in conversation with people we don’t agree with, or struggle to agree with.

In continuing the good writing he has been doing lately about stories, Julian Stodd shared, “Capturing the Moment: the Authenticity of Stories.”

Leadership Thought & Practice

Back in May, Ben Dattner wrote that “Most Work Conflicts aren’t due to Personality.” Give this a read, especially if you are experiencing conflict at work or among your team.

Elizabeth Grace Saunders explained “Why Saving Work for Tomorrow Doesn’t Work.” Do you agree? I think I do.

Dan Rockwell shared a number of great posts yet again this past week. One of my absolute favorites of his in quite some time is, “5 Essentials for Developing Remarkable Leaders.” The five essentials are: put them in high-challenging roles; assign them to a short-term task force; give real-time feedback; provide them with coaches and mentors; and offer them classroom courses and seminars.

be the changeDan also shared, “Four Qualities of People Who Change the World.” They are: curiosity; insight; engagement and determination. In light of this he asked, “What qualities do you look for in top talent?” Great question!

Dan also explained, “How to Succeed at Endings,” a helpful read I think for anyone in transition out of their current or former roles.  Additionally, he shared advice about “How to Invite and Survive Feedback from a Group,” as well as words of wisdom about how to “Take Mentoring to the Next Level.” Finally, Dan also shared, “10 Ways to Lift the Lid on Your Leadership.” Some of the ten include: include others; be accountable to someone; and read. Check out all of these posts for good reminders and food for thought.

Cranston Holden offered a good reminder in his post, “Assume Others Mean Well.” I appreciate his conclusion where he writes, “Assuming others mean well means, your are mentally tough and not offended at the drop of a hat. You can let the little things go and show a high level of maturity, reduce arguments and lower tension.” Give the whole post a read and some thought.

Steve Keating reflected about “Ordinary Leadership Mistakes.” There are some great thoughts here.

Rebel Brown explained “How to Shift Into Change.”

Mike Myatt wrote about “The Difference Between Great Leaders and Posers.” Included in this are five suggestions on how to evaluate an opportunity: alignment; advantage; assessment; accountability; and achievement.

Jon Mertz shared “7 Types of Leadership Intentions and Impacts.” The 7 types of intentions are: evil intentions; bad intentions; selfish intentions; no intentions; good intentions; selfless intentions; and greathearted intentions.


Heidi Oran at Thin Difference reflected on the question “What Makes a Truly Great Leader (to Millennials)?” In unpacking this question she shared five thoughts: listeners make the best leaders; sometimes leading is letting go; compassionate leadership is not a sign of weakness; psychology and leadership go hand in hand; and failure is part of great leadership. What do you think? As Heidi asks, “does it vary from generation to generation or are we all seeking the same thing?” Good question.

I found this article from July by Kathy Gurchiek, “Millennial’s Desire to Do Good Defines Workplace Culture.” What do you think of these ideas and findings?

The Pope with some Millennials
The Pope with some Millennials

Yesterday on the blog I began a series thinking about the church and millennials. I expect this will be a multiple part series and would love to hear your thoughts.

Related to this post, TK reflected on questions about “Millennial Motivations in Seeking Catholic Priesthood.” There is good food for thought in here that I think might further the larger discussion about the church and millennials. What do you think?

Neighbor Love

Friend and pastor Diane Roth reflected about “Doors.” In this she reflects on a summer of picnic church, and how in a small way that was a step out into the larger community.

Friend and pastor Diane also shared some great reflection in this post about “God-sightings.”

Joe Carter shared “7 Figures: Hunger in America.” These are important figures that will help broaden the conversation about hunger in our midst and at large.

In light of all the turmoil that has gone on in Ferguson, Missouri Rachel Held Evans wrote that we are “Not As Helpless As We Think: 3 Ways to Stand in Solidarity with Ferguson.” According to Rachel, the three ways are: lament; listen and learn; and loose the chains of injustice.

In a related post in response to Ferguson, friend and pastor Aaron Fuller wrote, “Reflecting on ‘Free Speech,’ the Media, & Ferguson, MO.”

On the subject, Dr. Norma Cook Everist asked, “How Long, Michael Brown, How Long?

Also related, Elizabeth Rawlings wrote, “Confessing the racism in our hearts is the first step to recovery for ourselves and our nation.”

Rachel Held Evans also shared a guest post by Eliel Cruz, “Bi The Way: 7 Tips to be Inclusive of Bisexuals in Christianity.”

Brian Bantum wrote about “Doing Theology as Though Our Bodies Mattered.”

Friend and blogger Hannah Heinzekehr shared this wonderful guest post on her blog by ben adam Climer, “On Pacifism and Sons.” Give this a read and some reflection.

Social Media & Blogging

Friend and blogger J.W. Wartick shared his version of the links, in this “Really Recommended Posts.”

Do you need some reminders about Twitter? Or, are you looking for some good tips about Twitter? If so, check out these tips from Kevan Lee.


Friend and Classy Frugalist Grace Duddy shared a post just in time for all of your back to school shopping needs, in “Frugal Back to School Tips.”

On the COMPASS blog, an interview with Beryl Jantzi is being featured in which he reflects on the importance of budgeting. Check out the first post in the series here.


Now is the time of year where many parents and families send their children and young adults off to school, and some for the first time off to college. For those of you experiencing the latter, Becky Blades shared, “3 Sacred Rules of of College Drop-Off.” What do you think of these rules?

Friends and bloggers featured in this week's edition of the Links:  Carrie Gubsch, Tyler Scott & me.
Friends and bloggers featured in this week’s edition of the Links: Carrie Gubsch, Tyler Scott & me.

Friend Julia Nelson shared some great vocational reflection and personal stories in both her “Friday Favorites” and “Sunday Snippits.” Check out these posts! Thanks for sharing Julia!

Now for a moment of plain truth. My roommate and best friend from college, Tyler Scott, is kind of ridiculous. If you don’t know what I mean, read this post, “Save the date.” While he is ridiculous, he is also great for a good laugh. Thanks for sharing Tyler!

My wife Allison wrote about her “Top 5,” a list of the top 5 things, people and ideas that she currently seems to keep coming back to.


If you are like me and my wife Allison, you probably love to go mini-golfing. If you also find yourself in Minnesota, then you might want to give the mini-golf at Centennial Lakes a try. I am intrigued, are you?

Speaking of Minnesota, we are now in the midst of the Minnesota State Fair, also known as “The Great Minnesota Get Together.” Regarding this, Rebecca Mariscal recently asked, “What’s so great about the great Minnesota get-together?


That will conclude this week’s edition of the links. As always, if there are particular questions or ideas you would like me to wrestle with on the blog please let me know. Also, let me know if there are particular ideas or types of articles you would like me to include in the links. Until next time, thanks for reading and blessings on your week! -TS

Image Credits: The Links; Be the Change; and The Pope and Millennials.

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