Tuesday on the blog means that I get to share some of what I have found interesting over the past week with all of you. Because of the Independence Day holiday weekend in the United States, the links are a little later than usual today, but better late than never. To help make sense of them, they are grouped by the 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
For those preparing for this coming weekend’s worship service and/or sermon, I have a few resources which might be helpful. First, for those of you using and following the Revised Common Lectionary, Bishop Michael Rinehart shared thoughts and reflections about “Pentecost 7B.” Additionally, friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis shared thoughts about “Power Potentials,” and Rev. Dr. David Lose shared about “A Tale of Two Kingdoms.” Check out all of these RCL inspired reflections.
For those of you using the Narrative Lectionary, check out this commentary and introduction to the four week series on Old Testament Wisdom and Poetry, a “Commentary on Proverbs 1:1-7; 3:1-8,” by friend and professor Rev. Dr. Kathryn Schifferdecker.
Dani Haffernan shared news that “Transgender man, Asher O’Callaghan, (was) ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.”
For those preparing for the ELCA Youth Gathering this month, check out this story from The Detroit News by Mark Hicks about how “Lutheran Youth Gathering will draw thousands to Detroit.” Also, Todd Buegler shared a helpful list of “10 Tips for a Great ELCA Youth Gathering.”
Bishop Michael Rinehart shared pictures from the “Installation of Pastor (and friend) Rachel Ringlaben as Mission Developer.”
Church and Social Media (#ChSocM) shared a transcript of its weekly Twitter chat which last week was moderated by friend and pastor David Hansen, and included discussion and conversation about “What’s So Funny? Chatting about Humor and Faith.”
Thom Rainer shared a list of “Seven Key Reasons Your Church Attendance May be Declining.”
Pastor and blogger Erik Parker shared interesting reflections and perspectives “On Being an iPhone Pastor for a Typewriter Church.” Check this out, as there are great ministry ideas and observations, as well as those particularly about engaging Millennials among others.
Nicholas Fandos shared sobering news about the “National Cathedral’s Repair Work: Finials, Finance and Faith.”
Linda Hernandez shared the great news about California residents and organizations stepping up (across societal sectors) in response to the epic drought writing that “California residents slash water use, exceeding all expectations.”
Shep Hyken shared some “Customer Service Lessons from Walt Disney.”
Leadership Thought & Practice
Congratulations are in order for Drucker School of Management professor Bernard Jaworski who won an award for the “most significant contribution to marketing theory.”
Dr. Margaret Benefiel shared, “3 Leadership Lessons St. Francis Taught me from his failures.”
Anne Loehr wrote and provided a “Portrait of a Future Leader,” in sharing, “Welcome to the Workplace.” There is good stuff here not only within leadership, but also with implications for Millennials as well.
Friend Jim LaDoux wrote that, “Moving from mediocrity to excellence requires individuals and teams to be more nimble and adaptive.” Check out more of his thoughts on “Nimble folks and agile teams,” shared by the LEAD blog.
Jesse Lyn Stoner shared a guest post by Les Hayman titled, “What I Wish I Knew as a CEO that I learned later in HR.”
In a story that makes perfect sense to me because I take notes usually by hand, Joseph Stromberg wrote about “Why you should take notes by hand- not on a laptop.”
Kathryn Tuggle shared, “3 Reasons Baby Boomers and Millennials Are More Alike Than Anyone Wants to Admit.” Reasons include: they both want to be heard and respected; they both want to make a difference; and they both see themselves as “rebels” and hate their stereotypes. What do you think?
In probably no surprise to many Millennials, Zoe Henry writes that “The Biggest Reason Most Americans (and especially Millennials) are Losing Sleep,” is… student debt.
Kathryn Dill shared a countdown of “The Best Cities for Millennials in 2015.”
Guy Nave wrote and shared, “Charleston killings: reflections of an AME minister.”
Friend, blogger and artist Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts, including: “ja ja ji ji jo jo“; “The Sacred evokes…“; “expect beauty“; “Look!“; “Jesus moments“; and “bliss-guided behavior.”
Friend, pastor and blogger Frank Johnson wrote and explained, “Why this pastor is FOR same-sex marriage,” and his wife and my friend and also a pastor and blogger, Katie Johnson shared, “Here We Go: My Confessions on Same-Sex Marriage.”
Friend, pastor and blogger Aaron Fuller shared his sermon for this past weekend based on Psalm 146, “Rethinking praising God.” Aaron also shared a short time devotion, writing that “The Opposite of Fear Isn’t Love.”
Eric Worringer shared this paper by friend Dr. Deanna Thompson on, “Calling a Thing What it is: A Lutheran Approach to Whiteness.”
Scott Paeth wrote and shared about “Moltmann, Kelly Gissendaner, and the Death Penalty.”
Ron also shared this touching post on “How to Grieve.” Ron, you and your family are in our prayers here in Minnesota, but I am glad and happy to read your conclusion that, “‘Death,’ Rohr writes, ‘is largely a threat to those who have not yet lived their life.’ Carol Byrnes and JSwanson lived full lives. May you and I do the same.” Thank you for sharing this!
Friend and program director of hunger education, Ryan Cumming, wrote and shared, “Charleston, SCOTUS and Hunger: What a Week!”
Social Media & Blogging
Berne Borges shared a list of “50 Must-Read Blogs on Content Marketing, Social Media, and the Intersect of All Things Digital- Docurated.”
Birch & Raven shared reflections in “Why I Blog.”
The COMPASS blog shared its introductory post to its July theme of “Christmas in July- Gift Giving.” Check out the post and see if you might have some story or thoughts to add to the conversation and shared learning.
Friend, professor and mentor Dr. Terri Elton shared some thoughts and links about “Parenting College Students.” If you are a parent of college students or will be soon, you should definitely spend some time with this.
I shared some life and vocational updates and reflections in “Towards Approval (and answering a kind man’s question).”
Friends Will and Katie continued their year of adventure in traveling to “London!”
That will conclude this week’s edition of the links. I hope you have enjoyed them! As always, if you have things that you would like me to include in the links, please let me know. Also, if you have a particular topic or question that you would like me to think about as the subject of a blog post, please share that as well. Until next time, thank you for reading and being part of the conversation. Blessings on your week! -TS