Each week on the blog I get to share some of what I have seen, read, and found interesting and thought provoking over the past week. To help 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
For those of you preparing for worship or writing a sermon for this coming weekend I have a number of helpful resources. If you are following the revised common lectionary, Bishop Michael Rinehart shared about “Pentecost 25B- (and focused on) Hannah’s Prayer.” Rev. Dr. David Lose wrote and focused on, “Pentecost 25B: Pretenders to the Throne.” Friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis focused on the appointed gospel passage of Mark 13:1-8, in “Storied Stones.”
If you are following the narrative lectionary, Dr. Michael Chan provides this “Commentary on Hosea 11:1-9.”
LEAD also shared a post by Pastor Rich Nelson explaining about “the need for nature-based faith formation for children.”
Pastor and blogger Eric Worringer shared this post from Tom Gjelten noting that a “Poll Finds Americans, especially Millennials, moving away from Religion.”
Related to this, friend, adviser, and professor Rev. Dr. Matthew Skinner shared this look from Douglas Laycock at “Secularization in the U.S.: Overblown or Underestimated?”
Leadership Thought & Practice
Tanveer Naseer shared a guest post by Amy Brann considering, “5 Behaviors Successful Brain-Aware Leaders Practice,” including: illuminate contribution; connect; build confidence; give control; and celebrate.
Daniel T. Stephens shared, “3 Leadership Lessons from my 3 year old.”
In the spirit of more leadership lessons, Patrick Ambron shared about, “6 Leadership Lessons I Learned in Conversation with Barbara Corcoran.”
Tess Horan wrote and reasoned that, “Collaboration is a Buzzword. What you want is a Shared Language.” Check out the post and see why.
Jon Mertz asked and highlighted about, “How Can You Open Doors for Millennials?” Three ways Jon notes for connecting with Millennials include: open opportunities; be open and clear; and open purpose, inside and out. Jon also wrote at Thin Difference about “How to Flow from College to the Workplace.”
Also over at Thin Difference, Jeremy Chandler wrote about, “Breaking Down the (Communication) Barriers between Generations,” and Thin Difference featured a guest post by Andrew Howe on “Living in the Digital Era: Pros and Cons.”
Friend, blogger, and pastor Diane Roth shared, “Holding on Loosely- a sermon on generosity for All Saints Day,” based on John 11 and Psalm 24. Diane also wrote about, “The Song You are Teaching Me.”
My wife Allison shared her sermon from this past weekend, “A sermon on being seen,” based on Mark 12:38-44. Within this, Allison asked and preached, “What are you hoping for? What do you dare to hope for? Do you hope that every returning veteran is loved and cared for? Do you hope that every child in a one mile radius of this church has everything they need to learn? Do you hope that young people discover God’s unique call for them, as they’re supported as college and seminary interns, and residential pastors? Just like God is not done bringing life from that old tree stump in the forest, God is not done holding your hopefulness. The steam from that tree stump continues to rise and refuses to hide. Admits all the signs of death in the forest, it continues to rise and be seen over, and over again. A widow passes by the central treasury and puts in her two coins. An invisible woman puts in all she has. And yet Jesus sees her.” Go and read the whole sermon.
Zack Hunt shared some thoughts about, “The Suspended Praying Football Coach: A Perspective You Probably Haven’t Considered.” What do you think?
Friend, blogger, and communications strategist Carrie Gubsch shared this week’s neighbor love in action story about, “A determined barber (who) helped a boy with autism through his first proper haircut.”
Jim Wallis wrote and promised, “Dear Speaker Ryan: We’re keeping our promise on Immigration Reform.”
Catherine Humikowski shared an important and powerful commentary on “Our terrifying children’s epidemic: Gun violence.”
Sarah Carson wrote and asked, “What is your story?”
Friend, blogger, and artist Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts over the past week. These included the: “no-matter-what-ness of grace“; “we heal in community” (pictured above); “fullness unfolding“; “a journey of truth“; “from first touch to last breath“; “outpouring Trinity“; and “awe and law.”
Social Media & Blogging
Frank Geric shared, “5 Keys to Building a Great Content Map and Editorial Calendar.”
Susie Allen notes news from a recent study that found apparently that, “Religious upbringing is associated with less altruism.” Michael Hausam adds that according to that study, “Christian and Muslim Children are surprisingly less willing to share than this group.”
Friend, pastor, and blogger Diane Roth pondered about what might be, “Another Word for Stewardship.” She writes, wonders, and invites us all into the conversation by pondering, “Maybe we need a different word, one that somehow brings to our imagination all of the things we can do together, when we pool the resources that God has entrusted us with. Maybe we need a different word, a word that brings to our imaginations the mission of God and all of the resources that God has given us, so that we can share it. Maybe we need a different word, a word that makes us excited for the feast that we will share and the songs that we will sing, and the gifts that we will open — gifts that we have given to one another. Maybe we need another word, but what would it be?”
Margaret Marcuson shares a post from Kevin Lee which notes that a, “New study shows active churchgoers want e-giving options.”
Eric Hand shared interesting geologic news about how “Deep Magma Chambers (have been discovered) below Mt. St. Helens.”
Sports columnist Bill Plaschke shared that, “Listening to Keith Jackson’s rhapsodic voice is still quite a treat.” I miss hearing Keith’s college football announcing and ability to tell a story each week.
Are you tired of turning your clocks back every year? Maddie Stone is, and I’m with her. I would rather have lighter evenings, than sun a bit earlier in the morning. Wouldn’t you?
That concludes this 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