Happy Tuesday! 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 that you enjoy these links!
Church and Ministry Thought & Practice
For those of you preparing for worship this week, I have some links for you. First of all, if you are following the revised common lectionary Bishop Michael Rinehart shares some thoughts on “Epiphany 2C,” and the gospel story from John 2 about Jesus turning water into wine. Friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis also dug into that gospel story in writing about “Embodied Epiphanies.”
If you are following the narrative lectionary, check out this “Commentary on Mark 4:1-34” from Karl Jacobsen.
Friend and pastor David Hansen wrote in The Lutheran, that there are “168 hours in a week… Preachers: Use your time wisely.”
For those of you preparing for Lent, friend and adviser Rev. Dr. Matt Skinner wrote and shared, “Sensing the Gospel: A Five-Part Series of Meditations for Lent.”
With thoughts about congregational faith formation and Sunday School, David Henson writes and reasons, “Not Dead Yet: Saving Sunday School By Returning to Its Justice Roots.”
I shared a new post from my role as Mission Developer at Messiah Lutheran Church in reflecting about “Baptism, Promise, and Change.” I am also excited to share that the new website for the North Campus of Messiah, which is where my role as mission developer is centered is now live. It’s a work in progress like all websites, but I’m particularly excited about the video on the front of the webpage.
News broke over New Year’s that “Preeminent New Testament Scholar Helmut Koester Passes Away at 89.” University Lutheran Church shared this “In Memory” post of Helmut Koester.
In looking at 2016 and ahead toward this year in the church Carey Nieuwhof unpacked, “5 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2016.” The trends that Carey outlined are: Church online will become an advance, not just a supplement to or replacement for church; preachers will preach less often; experience will trump content; passion will beat polish; only the most engaged and the curious will attend. What do you think of these? What trends do you see?
Blogger and pastor Clint Schnekloth added his own “5 Disruptive Church Trends that will rule 2016.” His list includes: the church will align with the new civil rights movement #blacklivesmatter; church will be increasingly trans-mediated; communities of faith will transcend bipartisan politics, and also enrich them by remembering Jesus; real, deep creativity will emerge as an alternative to derivative mimicry; and the church will become a refuge, and walk with refugees. Let it be so.
Church and Social Media (#ChSocM) shared a transcript of its weekly chat about “New Year. New Reflections. Going Forward Taking stock of 2015 and moving forward in 2016,” which was moderated by Meredith Gould.
Blogger and pastor Clint Schnekloth shared “An example of the media reach of a mid-size congregation.”
Leadership Thought & Practice
Dan Rockwell shared a number of leadership reflections and insights over the past week, including thoughts on “How to Energize Your Organization with One-on-One Conversations,” and “Leaders, Flies, and Manure.”
Scott Hamilton profiled leader, Alaska Airlines CEO, and fellow Lute, Brad Tilden in writing, “Alaska Air’s Boy Scout Tilden More Than Holds Off Delta’s Aggressive Anderson.”
On this blog last week I shared some “Lessons in Lay Leadership- in memory of Sheryl Jacobson.”
David Hasenbalg shared, “3 Steps to Getting Your Organization ‘In Tune.'” The steps that David outlines are: Figure out what kind of singers you have; get people to listen to each other; and go make music (i.e.- do your thing).
Justin Iriving shared one of my favorite Peter F. Drucker quotes in writing about, “Why Organizational Culture Matters: ‘Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.'”
Lolly Daskal shared some leadership thoughts and ideas in, “10 Seconds to Take Your Leadership from Good to Great,” and in writing that, “Leadership Means Having to Say You Are Sorry.”
Achim Nowak shared and unpacked, “5 Expressions to Build Business Relationships.” The expressions are: I was touched by…; you really helped me…; I never looked at it this way before…; I don’t agree with….; and I know we can come up with something better…”
Jeremy Chandler at Thin Difference shared “4 Questions to Help Millennials Grow into Leadership.” The questions Jeremy shares are: How am I wired? How do I influence others? How do I learn best? What do I truly value?
With implications for Millennials and anyone who does remote work or works from home, Chelsea Krost shared “4 Ways to be More Productive in Your Home Office,” from Danielle Scheven.” The ways Danielle offers are: make it your own; tidy up; set a schedule; and get dressed up.
Friend and pastor Kaitlyn Forster shared this post by John Beckett explaining why, “‘Adulting’ is an Indictment of Society, Not of Millennials.”
Michael O’Laughlin shared news that “US bishops throw support to President Obama’s gun control proposal.”
The Millennial Journal shared a “Pope Video” in sharing, “We Are All Children of God: Pope’s Prayer Intentions for January.”
Friend, blogger, and artist Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts over the past week. These included: “beauty beyond sight“; “tender beauty“; “walk with beauty“; “pssst… here’s beauty“; “I AM with you“; “dancing with JOY“; and “otherness.”
Zack Hunt asked an important question which puts faith, neighbor love, the church, and communities into consideration asking, perhaps pointedly and provocatively, “Blessed are the Pure in Doctrine?”
John Pavlovitz shared a number of intriguing neighbor love reflections over the past week, including thoughts about how, “President Obama’s Tenure has been more ‘Christian’ than his critics will ever admit.”
Joanna Harader also wrote about Tamir Rice, writing in The Mennonite about, “Fear, power and non-indictment in the murder of Tamir Rice.”
Friend, blogger, and intern pastor Matt Byrd shared some thoughts about “the Seahawks and discipleship.”
Last week one of my absolute favorite baseball players of all time, Ken Griffey Jr., was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In light of that, C. Trent Rosencrans shared a very touching story about Griffey and neighbor love in action in writing about, “A different kind of Ken Griffey Jr. story.”
Social Media & Blogging
Congrats are in order for friend, pastor, and blogger Diane Roth who authored one of “The 15 most-read Christian Century Blog Posts” in 2015.
During January the COMPASS blog is sharing “Financial New Year’s Resolutions.” Marcia Shetler continues the series with her post about, “Four Simple Financial New Year’s Resolutions: Share, Save, Spend, and Plan.”
Friend and blogger Megan Leibold is sharing about her journey, learning, and experiences while she travels through Europe and meets some Europe’s leading choral directors. Over the past week she shared this story about her time in Iceland, as well as her arrival in Sweden, and following days in Stockholm.
Last week I shared some memories “In Memoriam: (of a great teacher, drama coach, and friend) Sharon Ferguson.”
Rick Seaney shared some helpful thoughts if you are planning air travel this year by sharing what likely will be “The Worst Days to Fly in 2016.”
If you watched any of the football playoffs this weekend, you likely saw what was the full agony of defeat (Vikings) and the thrill of victory, in the most miraculous of ways perhaps (Seahawks). Here’s both radio calls for the thrilling/agonizing finish, depending on who you were rooting for. As for me, well, I was quite thrilled with the result as a Seahawks fan, but I do feel for my Viking fan friends.
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. Thank you for reading and being a part of the conversation! Blessings on your week-TS