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; and Vocation. I hope that you enjoy these links!
Church and Ministry Thought & Practice
For those of you preparing for worship or writing a sermon for this weekend, the Second Sunday of Easter, I have a few helpful links. If you are following the revised common lectionary check out Bishop Michael Rinehart’s thoughts on “Easter 2C,” as well as friend and professor, Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis’ perspective on how “Resurrection is Relationship.” Karoline joins fellow friends and professors Rev. Dr.’s Rolf Jacobson and Matt Skinner on the Sermon Brainwave for the “Second Sunday of Easter.”
If you are following the narrative lectionary, check out this “Commentary on Acts 1:1-14,” from O. Wesley Allen Jr. Also listen to the Narrative Podcast entitled, “You Shall Be My Witnesses,” featuring friends and professors Rev. Dr.’s Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker.
Prior to the busyness of the Holy Week liturgies some synods had a renewal time or Chrism mass. Joelle Colville Hanson wrote about one such experience in “Day of Renewal Time to Reflect on Bold Service and Future Directions for ELCA.”
The Millennial also shared about how the “Pope sent condolences following Belgium Terrorist Attacks.” In a related post Josephine McKenna wrote that “Pope Francis denounces modern day ‘Judases’ behind terror attacks.” This theme was continued in observing Good Friday last week as the “Pope on Good Friday Decried Terror Profaning God’s Name.”
It was announced last week that Archbishop Bernard Hebda has been named Archbishop of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese.
Allison also shared a few other great posts this week. Among them included this article by Emma Green pondering about religious disaffiliation and Millennials and asking, “How Will Young People Choose Their Religion?” Allison also shared this reflection by Gina Tonn, “From Theory to Imagination and Action.”
Friend and stewardship director Adam Copeland wrote and reflected about “Ideas Gone Wild: Creativity, Plagiarism, & Public Scholarship.”
Friend, mentor, and professor Dr. Terri Elton shared this post by Laura McClure about “How educators can apply innovation methodology in everyday projects.”
Leadership Thought & Practice
Tanveer Naseer shared some thoughts about “What Leaders Need to Do to Help Their Employees Succeed.”
I highly recommend that you spend some time with this post by Ted Coine, “Explaining My Twitter Follow-Back Policy.” It’s a post with practical connection and social media tips related to Twitter, but also includes good leadership insights. Give this a read and some thought, and see what you think.
Apparently more and more people are afraid of using their vacation time. Collette Stohler wrote about what she sees as an “Epidemic of Vacation Shaming Spreads Across America.”
Andrew Smart explained apparently about “How Overfocusing on Goals Can Hold Us Back.”
Somehow over the past week I ended up re-reading this great column (originally from 1993) by Peter Drucker on Management, “The Five Deadly Business Sins.” Like much of what Drucker wrote, it still sounds eerily poignant and appropriate given business, leadership, and societal needs, challenges, and focuses.
Heidi Oran at Thin Difference asked and shared, “One Simple Question that will Save You From Burnout.” It’s a post that is equally valid for any leader, as well as any Millennial who might be working multiple projects and roles at the same time (like me). Heidi’s question is, “What are you willing to give up to move closer to your dream?”
Thin Difference has featured a recent series of posts and thoughts all about community. As part of that discussion, Molly Page invited members of the “Thin Difference Community” to share some thoughts on recent experiences in community. I was honored and humbled to be invited and included among the community in this post alongside Ashley Maria, Anne Loehr, Danny Rubin, Kare Anderson, Tru Pettigrew, and Kathleen Kruse.
Aarti Shahani wrote about Millennials and home ownership writing, “Forget Generation Rent: More Younger Americans Aim to Buy.”
Last Tuesday was World Water Day. My friend Dr. Ryan Cumming observed it in part by writing about “Water: A life-giving gift,” a particularly poignant post given recent events and news out of Flint, Michigan among other places. Ryan also wrote out of his lens as program director for hunger education with ELCA World Hunger in reflecting about being “Called or Commanded?”
Friend, blogger, college roommate, and soon to be married Tyler Scott wrote and shared some “Anticipation on this Joyous Saturday.”
In a message that only friend and blogger Julia Nelson could give so well this year Julia wrote deeply, honestly, and openly on Easter Sunday about “Create,” reflecting about very difficult recent experiences with death and yet holding onto the joy and promise of the resurrection.
Friend, blogger, and artist Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts over the past week. These posts included: “to love to the end“; “God breathes hope“; “no more thirst“; “rise up“; “Christ is risen, we are risen“; “until all are fed“; and “resurrection edges.”
Friend, pastor, and blogger Frank Johnson shared his many different messages and sermons for Holy Week including for Maundy Thursday, “Not what I want, but what you want,” based on Mark 14:22-42; for Good Friday, “Doubt and the Cross,” based on Mark 15:16-39; and for Easter, “Saying nothing in the face of resurrection,” based on Mark 16:1-8.
Blogger and pastor Nancy Kraft wrote and reflected, “Moved by the Cross Yet Indifferent to the Crucified.”
Friend, pastor, and blogger Aaron Fuller shared a couple of his sermons he gave over Holy Week, including for Maundy Thursday, “Dining Among Friends,” based on Mark 14:22-42; and for Easter, “The gospel of Mark, silent women, & Christ among us today.”
With Maundy Thursday and Holy Week in mind, I took up the question inspired by the Maundy Thursday passage, “Do You Know What I Have Done to You?”
Friend, pastor, and blogger Tyler Beane Kelly wrote on “Faith Matters: An empty tomb means God has moved here.”
In the opposite of neighbor love, there was news out of both Georgia and North Carolina last week which left me a bit less hopeful about our ability to use neighbor love and provide equality in society. David Graham shared horrible and appalling news about how “North Carolina Overturns LGBT-Discrimination Bans,” bans that had been put in place especially in cities like Charlotte. While Georgia passed a similar type of legislation, unlike in North Carolina, the governor of the state did not sign it into law, and rather vetoed it. I wonder if Disney’s threat (among others) to boycott the state if enacted had any impact? (As reported by Dominic Patten.)
Friend, blogger, and pastoral intern Matt Byrd wrote about “The Passion Story and the 24 hour news cycle.”
Social Media & Blogging
Brian Calvert reported on a story of some students at my alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University, in writing and reporting that, “Summer break for these college students involves water, but it’s not what you think.”
Friend and professor Dr. Marit Trelstad is sharing updates from her sabbatical on her family’s blog. Check it out!
Mandy LeCompte wrote and shared about friend and professor Dr. Richard Nance writing and sharing that, “Choir of the West Director Richard Nance discusses his recent leadership award and the origins of ‘St. Matthew Passion.'”
On the first Saturday of each month, the city of Ridgefield, Washington hosts a major event. April’s event as outlined here celebrates Earth Day. If you are around the area, be sure to join the fun this Saturday, April 2nd.
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