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; Vocation; and Miscellaneous. I hope that you enjoy these links!
Church and Ministry Thought & Practice
For those of you preparing for worship for Palm Sunday or writing a sermon, I have a number of helpful links for you. First of all, if you are following the revised common lectionary friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis wrote about “Holy Week Grace.” Karoline also joined friends and professors Rev. Dr.’s Matt Skinner and Rolf Jacobson on the “Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)” Sermon Brainwave Podcast to discuss the day and its readings. Also spend some time with Bishop Michael Rinehart’s thoughts on “Passion/Palm Sunday.”
If you are following the narrative lectionary, consider this “Commentary on Mark 11:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9” from C. Clifton Black. Also be sure and listen to friends and professors Rev. Dr.’s Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker on the Narrative Podcast discussing the “Triumphal Entry (or Anointing at Bethany).”
Church and Social Media (#ChSocM) shared a transcript of its weekly chat which was moderated by Meredith Gould. The topic which the chat focused on was, “Engaging with Negative (and Good) Online Behavior. How we define what’s ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behavior and how we might develop a more nuanced understanding of it.”
Brian Dodd highlighted what he sees are “4 Things Every Church Planter Should Know.” The things that Brian highlights are: focus on self-leadership; from the very start put systems into place, not silver bullets; speak to business leaders; and some thoughts about how to pick elders.
My wife Allison shared this look by Neil Ellis Orts, “Restarting at Zero: Introducing the Pastor at Kindred Montrose.”
I’m excited to share about the Academy of Religious Leadership (ARL) and its publication, the Journal of Religious Leadership. All articles written in the journal through the Spring of 2015 are now available both by volume and author at the ARL website. The Annual Meeting of ARL is next month, and you can find out more and register here to attend and participate.
Leadership Thought & Practice
Social leadership theorist Julian Stodd wrote and shared, “#WorkingOutLoud on ‘The Social Leadership Handbook’, Second Edition,” “Aspects of Social Leadership #1,” and “Aspects of Social Leadership #2 Curation.”
You hear a lot about passion in vocation, life, and leadership. Recently Ted Bauer brought up a good question though, “What If ‘Follow Your Passion’ is Actually Bad Advice?” What do you think? Ted also pondered and shared in writing, “Leadership and Judger Questions vs. Learner Questions.”
Dan Rockwell shared a number of great leadership posts over the past week. These posts included thoughts about how “Authenticity is at Least Four Things“; “The Question No One Asks Leaders“; thoughts about “The 13 Toughest Challenges of Leadership“; and “The Secrets of Compassion for Leaders.”
I am always impressed when a leader shows that they are human enough to apologize. Honesty and integrity are important to me in leadership, and being willing and able to admit when you’re wrong is also important. That’s why I was impressed and glad to see former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton write and apologize in, “On the Fight Against HIV and AIDS — and on the People Who Really Started the Conversation.”
Anne Loehr continued her series of looks at “Five Women Shaping the Future of Work,” including this profile of “Jessica DeGroot, Third Path Institute,” and a summary of the whole series about how “These Five Women are the Future of Work.”
Ken Fang at Awful Announcing notes an interesting observation that “Urban millennials (are) not necessarily cutting the cord, but watching Netflix in addition to Live TV.”
The Guardian shared a whole set of resources and perspectives about “Millennials: The Trials of Generation Y.” The topic heading sums up many of the challenges facing Millennials, “Millennials: The perfect storm of debt, housing and joblessness facing a generation of young adults – and what is to be done.” Check out this series and the different perspectives within.
In horrible news from Hood River, Oregon, here’s a story of racism and religious bigotry displayed recently about how a “Buddhist monk, apparently mistaken as Muslim, attacked in Hood River.”
Friend, blogger, and artist Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts over the past week. These included: “bread of life“; “God…Is…With…In…Us“; “200 million displaced sacred encounters“; “concrete promise“; “extravagant love“; “life-giving water“; and “beyond our walls.”
Rachel Held Evans wrote and shared about, “The Absurd Legalism of Gender Roles, Exhibit D: ‘Biblical’ Manipulation.”
Friend Kandice Boettcher shared this piece by Lindy West who wrote that, “The macabre truth of gun control in the US is that toddlers kill more people than terrorists do.”
Caitlin Zimmerman wrote and reflected about, “Gospel Across Boundaries.”
Social Media & Blogging
Ed Ronco and Matthew Brumley shared something helpful to travelers everywhere, “3 Steps To Finding Elusive Good Deals On Ever-Changing Airfare.”
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