Tuesday on the blog means that I get to share some of what I have seen, read, and found interesting with all of you. To help make sense of these links, I have grouped them by the following categories: Church and Ministry Thought & Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboraton; 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 of you planning a sermon or preparing for worship this coming weekend using the revised common lectionary, check out these thoughts on “Pentecost 12B” from Bishop Michael Rinehart. Friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis offers thoughts on the gospel reading from John 6:51-58 in “A ‘Living’ Bread.” Also in thinking about this coming weekend, Rev. Dr. David Lose shared, “Pentecost 12B: Meeting the Carnal God.”
If you are preparing for worship or writing a sermon for this coming weekend and following the narrative lectionary, check out this “Commentary on Hebrews 2:10-18,” from Rev. Dr. Craig Koester.
Speaking of lectionaries, I have been meaning to write a blogpost on my experience using the Narrative Lectionary this past year. As I contemplate that post, blogger and pastor Chris Duckworth may have beat me to the quick in writing, “Why I Left the Revised Common Lectionary Behind.”
Friend and director of LEAD, Peggy Hahn, shared, “Three things I learned about being a Christian leader by traveling in Turkey and Greece.” Peggy’s insights included thoughts about: Biblical perspective; God’s love; and our part.
Joanna Piacenza and Robert Jones from the Public Religion Research Institute shared findings about “The Top Two Religious Groups that Dominate American Cities.”
Last week I was formally approved toward being an Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and shared a more detailed update about that here on the blog.
Friend and professor Dr. Mary Hess shared this interesting look from Zeeshan Aleem at last week’s Republican debate, featuring, “The 6 Most Surprisingly Un-Republican Moments from the Republican Debate.”
Friend, professor and mentor Dr. Terri Elton shared this intriguing post by Monica Anderson and Andrew Perrin from the Pew Research Center noting and sharing, “15% of Americans don’t use the internet. Who are they?”
Leadership Thought & Practice
Dan Rockwell shared a number of intriguing posts over the past week, including: thoughts about “The Real Work of Leaders“; “12 Secrets for Successful Coaching Conversations“; and “How to Hold People Accountable.”
My friend and mentor, Dr. Jean Lipman-Blumen is cited in this article, so you should check out why, “Everything we bash Donald Trump for is actually what we seek in leaders,” as written by Jeffrey Pfeffer.
Kristof De Wulf at Switch & Shift shared, “7 Provoking Questions Critical to Your Purpose in Business.” Check out this post from some great leadership and purpose questions.
Friend Kari Osmek shared this post by J.T. O’Donnell featuring “3 Reasons Millennials Are Getting Fired.” The reasons noted include: employers don’t want to be parents; the anti-work attitude isn’t appreciated (or tolerated); Millennials’ happiness isn’t the employer’s responsibility. What do you think?
Claire Cain Miller wrote that, “Millennial Men aren’t the Dads they thought they’d be.”
In a related post the Millennial Journal shared, “Helping Millennial Dads live out their family values, egalitarian ideals.”
This past week there has been a great deal written and shared in response to racism, one of the biggest neighbor love challenges we all need to confront in our own lives. I think part of what has spurred on this conversation was a webcast broadcast last week on “Confronting Racism.”
Ulysses Burley III wrote and shared over at The Salt Collective, “Justice for #MikeBrown: 4 Ways White Allies Can Get in the Game.”
Friend, pastor and blogger Aaron Fuller reflected and shared, “‘It’s not a problem, it just is’: Race, Ethnicity, Culture & the Church, Part 2.”
Goodwell Nzou shared some important and good food for thought in writing that, “In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions.”
Friend, blogger, and artist Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts over the past week. These posts included: “the peace of wild things“; “rhythm and harmony“; “eternal love gives“; “un cielo nuevo y una tierra nueva“; “we are story“; “with’ness“; and “Great Commandment breaks into Psalm.”
Social Media & Blogging
Monica Anderson at the Pew Research Center shared, “6 takeaways about teen friendships in the digital age.”
Friend and director of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, Marcia Shetler, asked and reflected, “Will Our Children Be Generous?” What do you think of these ideas for generosity and stewardship across generations?
Erin at Young Adult Money shared “6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Purchase.”
For those of you in development, cultivating stories, or building relationships with donors and potential givers, read this take from Simone Joyaux at Nonprofit Quarterly, writing that, “Fundraising Isn’t about Money…Neither is Giving.”
If you like visiting state and national parks, check out this article which my wife Allison shared with me from Kristin Jackson about “Free day coming up at Washington state parks,” with added info about National Parks as well.
Finally, join me in wishing my sister Tamara (who is on Twitter now), a Very Happy Birthday today!
That concludes this week’s edition of the links. I hope you have enjoyed them. As always, if you have particular questions or topics for me to think about on the blog, please share them. Also, if there are things you would like to see included in the links, please let me know that too. Until next time, thank you for reading and being part of the conversation. Blessings on your week! -TS