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
I have a number of helpful links for those of you preparing for worship or writing a sermon this week. If you are following the revised common lectionary, Bishop Mike Rinehart shared some thoughts on this weekend’s assigned readings in “Epiphany 3C.” Rev. Dr. David Lose also shared thoughts about Epiphany 3C in reflecting about “A Peculiar Power.” Friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis digs particularly into the gospel passage from Luke 4:14-21 in writing about “A Life-Changing Epiphany.”
If you are following the narrative lectionary, check out this Commentary on Mark 5:21-43 from Karl Jacobson.
Are you looking for some great resources for Lent this year? Then check out these resources from LEAD featuring, “Five contemplative liturgies and accompanying coloring page for use during Lent.”
Sad news broke last week that “Trinity Lutheran College in downtown Everett will close.” The Board of Directors shared this “Open Letter to the Trinity Lutheran College Students, Faculty, and Staff.”
News also broke last week from Pennsylvania as “Pennsylvania Lutheran Seminaries declare intent to from ‘New School of Theology.'”
Speaking of worship and music, Augsburg Fortress has released a new website featuring resources related to Evangelical Lutheran Worship.
Glenn shared some thoughts about “What You (Probably) Don’t Know About Modern Worship.”
The Anglican Communion shared this news release from the Primates 2016 with particular news (which I find sad) related to The Episcopal Church.
I am excited to share that the faith community I am serving as mission developer this year, Messiah Lutheran Church North County has a new dedicated website. What do you think of the work-in-progress site?
Church and Social Media (#ChSocM) shared a transcript of its weekly Twitter chat which last week focused on “The Psychology of Social Media (and how to use it better).” The chat was moderated by Carolyn Clement.
I am excited to share news that friend Megan Hansen “has accepted the position of Director of Operations for Worship Times.”
KPLU shared an update about the “Save KPLU” campaign.
Bill Virgin shares an important reflection about some pieces that may have been underestimated in writing and explaining that “KPLU (is) not so insignificant to PLU.” What do you think?
Leadership Thought & Practice
Croft Edwards wrote and shared, “Leadership 101: What Doesn’t Kill You Leads to ‘Flow.'”
Dan Rockwell shared a number of great leadership posts over the past week. These included reflections like: “The Question I’ve Never Asked“; “Success is Never about being Successful“; “Four Ways to Become a One Word Organization“; thoughts on “What Gratitude Really Means“; and a post inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., “The Real Truth About Dreams.”
Tanveer Naseer shared a guest post by David Amerland about “Transforming Leadership and Trust in the Organization.”
Sarah Goodall shared thoughts about “How to Fix Your Employee Advocacy Program.”
Ted Bauer argued that, “Management is Not Actually Intuitive.”
Last week after hearing the State of the Union address, I reflected on what it means “Being a Citizen” as a leader, steward, and person.
Shawn Murphy at Switch & Shift shared thoughts about, “Why You Shouldn’t Pursue Work-Life Balance.” Within this Shawn notes that, “The quest for work-life balance is leading too many people to burnout. Here’s what you should pursue instead.”
Speaking of money and Millennials, Katie Lobosco noted that though, “Saddled with student debt, Millennials want to foot the bill for their kids.”
Clara Nevins provided “A Millennial’s Take on Climate Activism.”
David Masci at Pew Research Center took up and shared a Q & A about a relatively hot button discussion of late, “Why Millennials are less religious than older Americans.”
Ed Stetzer shared a great parable with implications about “Black Lives Matter” and other social movements in writing and sharing, “#HellenistWidowsMatter: A Parable.” If the title doesn’t intrigue you, how about the question, “What might we learn from the Scriptures about advocating for those who feel wronged?”
Friend, blogger, and artist Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts, including: “love the moment“; “simply by listening“; “walk with us“; “on foot and on faith“; “soles to Soul“; “the art of travel“; and “quest-ions.”
Yesterday on the blog I also offered some Martin Luther King Day inspired reflections, especially about “The Problem with thinking ‘that’s a problem over there, not here.”
In honor of MLK Jr., friend and professor Dr. Mary Hess shared this arrangement of “Shed a Little Light” from “The Maccabeats and Naturally 7.”
Friend, pastor, and blogger Aaron Fuller shared his sermon for the past weekend, “The Parable of the Sower, Lottery Tickets, Wrestlers, & the Kingdom of God.”
Marc Corbett wrote about, “Why I Will Protest a School I Love.”
Friend, pastor, and blogger Frank Johnson shared his sermon for this past weekend based on Mark 3 which he titled, “The Payoff: Why Jesus is better with parables than J.J. Abrams.” Frank also shared his sermon from the previous week based on Mark 2, “Forgiveness: The heart of health.”
My cousin Joren shared this post from John Pavlovitz unpacking, “10 Things This Christian Doesn’t Believe About the Bible.”
In response to the Anglican Primates’ decision last week, Rev. Susan Russell wrote, “One Becoming Second Class Anglicans for Treating LGBT People as First Class Christians.”
Friend, professor, and blogger, Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis has been blogging and sharing reflections on her current Holy Land trip. So far she has reflected and shared thoughts in: “On the Shores of the Sea of Galilee“; “A Man from Galilee“; “A Place in History“; and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”
Social Media & Blogging
Dennis Owen shared some light from his work Cathay Pacific on “What’s It Like to Run Social Media at a Large Company.”
Ben Olsen at Teens Got Cents shared some financial New Year’s goals that anyone could get behind.
Tristan Baurick sheds light on “Our Big One,” with thoughts on how “A Seattle Fault earthquake could bring death and destruction far greater than anything ever seen in the Puget Sound region.”
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