Tuesday on the blog means that I get to share some of what I have read, seen and found interesting over the past week. To make sense of all these links, I have grouped them into the following topic categories: 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
If you are preparing for worship (and/or for preaching this weekend) check out these reflections about Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion from Bishop Michael Rinehart in “Passion/Palm Sunday- Philippians 2: The Christ Hymn,” from friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis in “No Preaching Required,” and from Rev. Dr. David Lose in “Palm/Passion Sunday B: Entering the Story.”
Rev. Dr. David Lose also shared thoughts and reflection in “Preaching With Power.”
If you are looking at the Philippians 2:5-11 passage for this week, check out this important reflection and perspective from Barbara Lundblad in “Stories and Letters from Prison.” Thanks to friends and professors Rev. Dr. Matthew Skinner and Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto for sharing this first.
Ron Edmondson shared, “10 Reasons to Consider Church Revitalization- Even over church planting.” The reasons Ron highlights are: you love the thought of restoring history; you are ready to go to work now; you like having an established base of financial support; you love intergenerational ministry; you like a challenge; you won’t run from every conflict; you enjoy healthy structure; you are kingdom-minded; you can endure a long-term approach; and you truly love the local church.
Friend, pastor and blogger Diane Roth wrote and reflected in “To Visit or Not to Visit.” Diane includes a couple great questions in this post, including, “What if we believed that the people who come to our churches are partners with us in the gospel? What kind of visiting would we do then?” Diane also shared some reflections about “Community.”
Ed Mazza shared about Pope Francis being “Credited with performing ‘Miracle’ as St. Gennaro’s Blood Liquifies.”
In what is becoming sadly an almost weekly occurrence, Sam Hodges shares about another “Church (which has been) threatened with fines for taking in homeless.” The work of the church is to care for God’s people, sometimes in spite of government or other interests.
Brian also shared about the “4 T’s Which Will Help All Pastors and Churches Go Farther Faster.” The 4 T’s he notes are: time, trust, think and thank.
In following up and responding to the surveys and evaluations of the 2015 ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza, Todd Buegler shared “A Quick Response to Your Comments in Extravaganza Evaluations.”
In news that was announced last week, “The Presbyterian Church Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage.”
Jan Edmiston shared a couple thought provoking posts over the past week. First she asked and reflected in, “What’s Next for the Church? (Shonda is Helpful).” Jan also asked, “Who Are the Untouchables in Our Congregations?” She also shared reflections in “Mixed Marriage? Broken Family? Or Something Else?” Within this post she adds some reflection about recent decisions regarding the definition of marriage in the PCUSA.
Last month Carey Nieuwhof shared “10 Predictions About the Future Church and Shifting Attendance Patterns.”
One of the most influential and important strategic thinkers as far as the church and ministry is concerned, Lyle Schaller passed away last week. Paul Franklyn remembers and pays tribute in “Remember Lyle E. Schaller: The Interventionist.”
Church and Social Media (#ChSocM) shared a transcript of its chat from last week, “Starting from Zero and Getting to Awesome with Social Media.”
If you find church structure, polity and organization interesting, then check out this post from Pastor Nurya Love Parish, “How should the church work? A post for church geeks.”
Friends and pastors in waiting Will and Katie shared an update in their Preaching Fellowship adventures in “The Uprising…is here.”
In a post specifically written with the nonprofit sector in mind, but with implications I believe for all sectors and organizations, Nonprofit With Balls shared, “Capacity Building 9.0: Fund People to do stuff, get out of their way.”
Tom Murphy shared and wondered in “News in the Humanosphere: A malaria vaccine on the horizon?”
Friend, blogger and math teacher Tim Chalberg shared this article by Mikhail Zinshteyn in “What We’re Missing in Measuring Who’s Ready For College.”
Leadership Thought & Practice
Dan Rockwell shared a number of great leadership themed posts and food for thought. First, Dan shared about “Five Powerful ‘C’s” for Leadership Success,” including: cultivation, curiosity, compassion, courage and celebration. Dan also wrote and shared, “Solution Saturday: How to Inspire“; “Seven Ways Coaching-Managers Get Things Done,” including connecting and nurturing curiosity; “How to Be a Genius in Seven Questions“; and “Seven Ways Curious Leaders Succeed.”
Back in October, Ann Pohlin shared about “The Importance of Company Culture from the Inside Out.”
Zach Bulygo shared, “12 Business Lessons You Can Learn from Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.”
Rob Peters wrote and shared, “Replace the Performance Appraisal with Realtime Progress.”
Patricia Fletcher wrote and shared “Transform into the CEO You Want and Need to Be.”
An important thing in leadership is being self-aware, and being able to care for yourself to be the best leader that you can be. With this understood, Scott Young shared, “Build Your Morning Habits First.”
Paul Sohn shared, “Ten Things Every Leader Should Always Teach.” The things that Paul notes are: how to give praise; how to listen; how to say no; how to work hard; how to let things go; how to confront; how to say thank you; how to forgive; how to set priorities and how to delegate.
Over at Switch and Shift, Jon Mertz shared, “5 Ways to Move a Culture to a Community.” The five ways that Jon notes and reflects about are: citizenship, a serving approach or serving mindset, lead from anywhere, large and small accountability and local to global.
Also at Thin Difference, Heidi Oran shared and reflected about “5 Things I’d Tell My 20-Something Self, 10 Years Later.” The five things she reflects about are: When it comes to collaboration, go with your gut; don’t be afraid to let it go, even if it’s working; find a healthy creative outlet; there is no reward without grit and commit to lifelong learning.
Yesterday on the blog I premiered a new series called, “Millennial Mondays,” with a post featuring questions and thoughts about “A desire to be part of purpose-driven companies.”
Chelsea Krost shared a post by Christina Madsen featuring, “5 Tools Every Millennial Should Use to Shop Smarter.”
Kern Carter, “A Millennial Writer,” shared, “Sleepless in Seattle- How Environments Influence Creativity.”
In a story that was posted last week, Jeff Walton wrote, “Rachel Held Evans Departs Evangelicalism: Are Millennials Next?” In response to this post, Rachel Held Evans offered this response and reply on Facebook on 3/17/15, “Charisma news lost its credibility a long time ago for me, (most notably when it advocated violence against/sterilization of Muslims), but as a brief response to the quotes in this article made by Chelsen Vicari about my worshipping at an Episcopal church, I’d like to say this: My reasons for supporting the inclusion of LGBT people in the church have nothing to do with wanting to be “accepted by Hollywood” and everything to do with an unwavering conviction that Jesus welcomes all who are hungry to His table and that His kingdom belongs not to the powerful, but to the marginalized, not to the religiously smug, but to the humble. Acknowledging the inherent dignity of our fellow human beings, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, isn’t a “Hollywood” value; it’s a Christian value, and I join in a growing number of Jesus-followers—including many evangelicals—who joyfully worship alongside gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender believers. Furthermore, if sharing in communion, baptizing sinners, studying Scripture, pursuing justice, and declaring the mystery of the faith—that Christ has died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again—in the company of an Episcopal congregation each week makes me a “couch potato Christian,” then bring on the Cheetos. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And finally, before declaring in an article that I “support abortion,” maybe do a little research first.” (http://rachelheldevans.com/…/why-progressive-christians-sho…) http://www.charismanews.com/…/48769-rachel-held-evans-depar…
My cousin and current Lutheran Volunteer Corps volunteer, Erin Parks, wrote and shared that “Sexual Exploitation is Not Limited to Human Trafficking.”
Friend, blogger and artist Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts over the last week. These included: “Whom did I neglect?“; “matter and spirit“; “deep, bold, consequential faith“; “may grace be our dance“; “loving neighbor” and “a border-crossing Jesus.”
In one of the more powerful TED Talks that I have seen recently, Monica Lewinsky shared and spoke about, “The Price of Shame.”
Jan Edmiston wrote about and shared, “One Mother, One Daughter, Two Midwives, & a Big Sister.”
Friend Hannah Heinzekehr shared this update from Elise Foley about “Iowa Pastor Max Villatoro (being) deported after community rallies to keep him in U.S.”
Social Media & Blogging
As a user of Twitter lists, I found this post from Kevan Lee from last October interesting and helpful, “23 Seldom-Used Ideas for How to Use Twitter Lists.” Kevan also shared last month about, “The Rise of the Curated Newsletter: 20 of the Best Newsletters Full of Good Links to Share.”
Rev. Dr. David Lose shared and reflected about “The Power of Giving.”
Michelle shared a few helpful posts. First she asked and reflected in, “Feeling Stuck and Unmotivated When it Comes to Your Finances?” Michelle also shared, “4 Reasons to make extra money- it changed my life and it can change yours too!” The reasons she notes are: extra income can be used toward debt; you can reach a financial goal quicker if you make extra money; you can test out a business idea when making extra money; and making extra money can help you diversify your income. Michelle also asked, “Is Your Laziness Costing You Money?”
Young Adult Money shared about “How the Practice of ‘Delaying’ Can Boost Your Finances.” Young Adult Money also shared a post featuring “10 Student Loan Tips for Repaying Your Loans.”
Speaking of taxes, COMPASS continued its March series of reflections about taxes in this guest post by Sandy Crozier, “It’s Tax Time Again.”
Grayson Bell wrote and shared over at Debt Roundup, “If This Doesn’t Get You to Save and Invest, I Don’t Know What Will!”
In news from Little Norway, the pavilion downtown has had its’ name changed to the Austin-Kvelstad Pavilion.
If you like to travel, and are looking for a good laugh, check out this perspective from your carry-on bag in “5 Things that Bags Hate- An Open Letter from the Pan Am Bag.”
That will conclude this week’s edition of the links, I hope you have enjoyed them. As always, if there are questions or topics you would like me to write or wonder about on the blog, please let me know. Also, if you have types of things that you would like me include in the links, please let me know that. Until next time, thank you for reading and blessings on your week! -TS