Tuesday on the blog means that I get to share some of what I have found interesting and thought provoking over the past week with you. To make sense of all of these links I have grouped them by the following 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 a sermon or for worship this coming weekend, and you follow the revised common lectionary, check out these reflections and ideas from Bishop Michael Rinehart about “Pentecost 3B,” as well as “Pentecost 3B: Preach the Truth Slant,” from Rev. Dr. David Lose.
Friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis shared lectionary inspired reflections in “Family Matters” with last weekend in mind, and for those preparing for this coming weekend checkout Karoline’s reflections in “A Life in Parables.”
Rev. Dr. David Lose asked and pondered, “Is The Church Really in Decline?”
In looking ahead to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Caryn Riswold wrote and shared (kind of tongue-in-cheek), “The Printing Press is Dead. So Buy My Luther Book on Kindle!”
Here’s news and an update about progress between the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church towards full communion.
Friend, pastor and blogger Aaron Fuller shared some “Reflections on the Virginia Synod Assembly & ‘Liturgical Movements.'”
The Lutheran World Federation shared about “European Young Reformers Leading an Intergenerational Dialogue on Climate Justice,” and also about them exploring “questions of Lutheran identity.” Check this out.
Friend and pastor Erik Gronberg shared this post by Josh Cobia, “I Went to Church with Bruce Jenner and Here’s What Caitlyn Taught me about Jesus.”
Here’s a nice little story by Paul Dorpat about “Seattle’s oldest Lutheran congregation.”
If you or someone you know is a musician and looking for some fun and work this summer in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, check out this listing for Woodlake Lutheran‘s “Picnic Church Song-Leader.” If you are interested, there is also room for growth and expansion in this opportunity for the fall. Check it out and please share this.
Blogger and Pastor Jan Edmiston shared a couple intriguing posts over the past week in starting a new series of posts. Jan wrote and shared that “P is for Paradigm Shift (or How to Take Somebody a Casserole in the 21st C. Church).” She continued the series in “O is for Organization.”
Congratulations to Pastor Timothy Smith who was elected bishop of the ELCA North Carolina Synod.
Friend, professor and mentor Dr. Terri Elton shared an invitation to submit workshop proposals for the 2016 ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza. Check this out. I’m planning on submitting one. You should too. Even if you have no plan to present a workshop, definitely consider coming and participating in the Extravaganza.
Has your congregation or faith community planned to participate in “‘God’s Work. Our Hands’ Sunday“?
Friend Gordon Straw shared this somewhat satirical and comical look from Anthony Sacramone towards the “Prosperity Gospel” in “If Famous Preachers Left Yelp Reviews of Lakewood Church.”
College Choice shared its “2015 Rankings of Best Christian Colleges and Universities.” Congratulations are in order for Valparaiso, ranked #1, as well as to my alma mater Pacific Lutheran University which came in at #8.
David Lose shared some questions and “Thoughts on the Sharing Economy.”
Here are some “Startup lessons from Netflix.”
For all recent graduates and people considering entering the non-profit and social sector, NWB shared, “12 Pieces of Advice for folks graduating and entering the nonprofit sector.”
Blogger Julian Stodd asked and shared, “Anchored in the Past, or Invested in the Future?” Congratulations are also in order for Julian as he published his 1,000th post on his blog. Congrats Julian on your wonderful work, and here’s to a thousand more thought provoking posts and reflections.
Leadership Thought & Practice
Dan Rockwell shared a number of great leadership posts as always. I particularly appreciated his re-sharing of a post from a couple of years ago, “10 Ways to Spot Authentic Leaders.” Dan also wrote and shared a few new posts including, “15 Surprising Ways to Expand Leadership,” and a good reminder to “Don’t be Boring When You Talk about Yourself.”
Becky Robinson curated a list of 21 wonderful links in the “June 2015 Leadership Development Carnival.” Definitely check this out for more helpful and engaging reflections and questions related to leadership.
Jan Edmiston wrote and admitted, “OK, We Need Both Leaders & Managers (but we mostly need leaders).”
My friends over at the Connective Leadership Institute shared this article by John Brandon about, “5 Widely Accepted Leadership Strategies that don’t always Work.” John particularly highlights the strategies of: being transparent; asking for feedback; leading by serving; listening to your staff; and empowering to action. What do you think?
Ashley Stahl wrote and shared about “Managing Millennials: Six Musts for CEOs Who Want to Get Ahead.” Six tips for CEOs that are offered in this include: keep the communication lines open; build a culture that focuses on results, not hours; don’t hide the ball when it comes to compensating your team; open your eyes to the enticement power of benefits; make sure employees understand their purpose on the team/in the company and see a future; and give your employees frequent feedback and let them know their hardwork is making a difference.
Friend, artist and blogger Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts over the past week. These included: “What is your experience?“; “truth, trust, transparency…“; “matter and Spirit“; “home free!“; “love expands!“; “sunk into one moment” and “Cosmic Christ.”
News of injustice and at the very least mismanagement was released last week in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, as apparently the “Red Cross Spent Half a Billion Dollars to Build Six Homes in Haiti.”
Meta Herrick Carlson shared reflections about her call and ministry in “threshold.”
Friend, blogger and intern pastor Chris Michaelis shared a number of messages and sermons that he has preached over the past year on his blog in the past week. These messages included: a sermon for Pentecost, “It All Seems A Little Far-Fetched, Don’t You Think?“; “Sibling Rivalry- or, Exactly How Big Are We Talking?“; a Maundy Thursday message, “Matters of Posture“; “It’s Not About You“; a sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, “All in the Family“; and a Christmas season message about “Holding On to Joy.”
I shared a recent message on this blog based on Psalm 27 entitled, “The Dentist’s Office, a Generous Widow and a Faithful Congregation.”
Friend, pastor and Ph.D. student Amanda Brobst-Renaud shared a recent sermon about “Crazy Preachers, Stolen Trucks, and the Kingdom of God.”
In a related post, Vindu Goel shared about how “Sheryl Sandberg’s Post on Late Husband Sets Off Meditations on Grief.”
Social Media & Blogging
I shared this post above under the church and ministry section, but this post by friend, blogger and communications director Hannah Heinzekehr is so good, it needs to be shared twice. Definitely check out how “Communication: (is) more than just good grammar.”
Blogger and pastor-in-waiting Victoria wrote, “I knead a new hobby.”
I also shared some life and vocational updates in “Rivers, Mountains, Churches and Change on the Horizon.”
Have you ever wondered why names are so easy to forget (and hard to remember)? Thanks to Olga Khazan for writing and sharing.
Liz Linzer shared about “Why You Should Always Say ‘Hello’ In the Elevator.”
Friend and blogger Tim Chalberg didn’t hold back this past week in sharing his updates and sentiments about the Mariners’ most recent move, acquiring Mark Trumbo, and how he believes this move (among others) does nothing to help the team’s defense.
That concludes this week’s edition of the links. I hope you have enjoyed them. As always, if you have types of stories or articles to include in future editions, please let me know. Also, if you have topics, ideas or questions for future blog posts, please let me know that too. Until next time, thank you for reading and being part of the conversation. Blessings on your week! -TS