This Week’s Links

Internet1Happy 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.”

George C. Heider shared some “Reflections on Half a Century of Being Lutheran” in The Cresset

Last week in observance of Maundy Thursday, “Pope Francis Washed the Feet of Refugees” as detailed by The Millennial Journal.

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.

With Good Friday in mind, my wife Allison shared this “Invocation and Poem for Good Friday” that she found.

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.”

From my role as mission developer at Messiah Lutheran Church I wrote and reflected, “Jesus Christ is Risen Today… Now What?

In celebration of Easter, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shared her 2016 Easter Message.

In thinking about Youth Encounter, Todd Buegler wrote about, “Finishing Well.”

Brian Dodd shared his “Top 10 Leadership Posts” that he read over the past week, and most of them had to do particularly with church and ministry.

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Friend Tim Schuster at Midtown shared about “How to Get 10,000 People to Support a Documentary.”

Tom Murphy at The Humanosphere detailed, “The misleading use of the term ‘foreign aid’ in two charts.”

Friend and stewardship director Adam Copeland wrote and reflected about “Ideas Gone Wild: Creativity, Plagiarism, & Public Scholarship.”

Friend and professor Dr. Mary Hess shared a video and thoughts on her blog, “Imagining a future in learning.”

Friend, mentor, and professor Dr. Terri Elton shared this post by Laura McClure about “How educators can apply innovation methodology in everyday projects.”

Julian Stodd shared some more perspectives on “The Social Age of Learning,” in writing that, “A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words.”

Leadership Thought & Practice

Damian Corbet writes that, “Being on Twitter Doesn’t Automatically Make You a ‘Social Leader,’ No.”

Dan Rockwell listed, “10 Ways to Disengage in an Engaging Way,” as well as insight about “One Essential to Building Great Organizations.”

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.

Adam Quinton unpacked “Your 3-Point Unconscious Bias Action Plan.”

Justin Irving wrote about “Easter, The Gospel, & Virtuous Leadership.”

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.”

Anne Loehr asked, “Want Engaged Employees? You Need Values First.”

Andrew Smart explained apparently about “How Overfocusing on Goals Can Hold Us Back.”

Peter Drucker
Peter Drucker

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.

Seth Godin wrote about “Hacking reciprocity,” as well as putting “Big questions before little ones.”

Lead With Giants shared a post by Kemetia Foley who wrote about, “Visiting the Past – A Means to of Leading Forward.”

Last week Fortune unveiled its highly anticipated annual list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” Interestingly, Jeff Bezos and Angela Merkel were ranked #1 and #2.

Thin Difference shared a guest post by Ritch K. Eich who explained “Why Handwritten Notes Still Matter in Business.”

Jon Mertz at Thin Difference wrote, “Shift Winning Well to Creating Well.”

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.”

Friend, pastor, and blogger Aaron Fuller shared this look at “The vast divide between America and its military” with particular notes about perspectives among Millennials.

Neighbor Love

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?

Sarah Christian at The Millennial shared this great Holy Saturday reflection from Fr. James Martin, “We Are Holy Saturday People.”

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.

"To Love to the End" by Vonda Drees
“To Love to the End” by Vonda Drees

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.”

Blogger and pastor Clint Schnekloth wrote and shared about “Raising Easter.”

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.”

In response to the terrorist attacks last week in Brussels, On Scripture shared a number of reflections here.

Friend, blogger, and fellow deep-thinker Margaret Ellsworth reflected beautifully about “Good Friday and a God who Weeps.”

Friend, pastor, and blogger Diane Roth reflected about daily life, Easter, and recent events in writing about, “Bluebonnets, Easter, and Faith.”

Social Media & Blogging

Friend and blogger J.W. Wartick shared his version of the links with his “Really Recommended Posts.”


The COMPASS blog shared the resources from its most recent “Live Chat” as facilitated by Sandy Crozier on “Managing Debt.”


Friend and blogger Julia Nelson shared her regular weekly dose of “Tuesday Tea Time,” with deep thoughts about life.

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

Image Credits:  The Links; Peter Drucker; and “to love to the end.”

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