This Week’s Links

Internet1Each week on Tuesdays I share some of what I have seen, read, and found 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; Leadership Thought & Practice; Millennials; Neighbor Love; Stewardship; Vocation; and Miscellaneous. 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 I have a number of links to consider. If you are following the revised common lectionary, check out Bishop Michael Rinehart’s thoughts on “Pentecost 7C,” as well as friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis’ post on “The Security of Seventy.” Also spend some time listening to the “Sermon Brainwave” for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, with friends and professors Rev. Dr.’s Rolf Jacobson, Karoline Lewis, and Matt Skinner.

If you are following the narrative lectionary, check out this “Commentary on Job 1:1-22,” from friend and professor Rev. Dr. Kathryn Schifferdecker.

In the June edition of Living LutheranJames Nieman reflected about the role of the church in society, writing, “Centrifugal: Being a public church,” and inviting others to join the conversation.

Friend and executive director of The MennoniteHannah Heinzekehr explained about the move to have “A 30-day comment sabbatical at TheMennonite.org.”

Bishop Kevin Kanouse penned this “Farewell Letter,” to the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Mission Area, as he retires this summer.

In the aftermath of the tragedy and terror directed at the LGBT community in Orlando, many congregations opened their doors. One such example was shared in this story about Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, South Carolina holding a vigil. In response to Orlando, perhaps one of the best posts I read as far as church and preaching went, was this “Open Letter to Preachers.”

Pastor and blogger Clint Schnekloth reflected about, “Pastoral ministry as comprehensive community consultation and catalyzing change.”

Friend and stewardship director Adam Copeland wrote about being, “Called For and Called From.”

Jill Duffield reports about the Presbyterian Church USA adopting the Belhar Confession at the 222nd General Assembly. Check out this link for the full text of the “Confession of Belhar.”

Over the weekend Pope Francis explained that, “Gays and other marginalized people deserve an apology.” In a related report, The Millennial Journal reports that the, “Pope Says Church Should Ask Forgiveness from Gay People, the Poor, the Exploited.”

Friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis shared some important thoughts about, “The Truth about Sexism in the Church: and how to keep it from breaking you down.”

Karoline also shared a recent commentary entitled, “Naked No More,” based on Luke 8:26-39 and Psalm 22, and “Every Moment Counts.”

Earlier this month it was announced that Lutheran World Federation General Secretary Martin Junge has been reelected to a second term.

Friend and professor Dr. Mary Hess shared some thoughts about, “Re-membering Christian imagination,” and “Re-membering Christianity.”

Leadership Thought & Practice

Dan Rockwell shared, “5 Ways to Stop Fixing and Start Developing.

Peter F. Drucker & Masatisho Ito School of Management Professor Dr. Jeremy Hunter
Peter F. Drucker & Masatisho Ito School of Management Professor Dr. Jeremy Hunter

Dr. Jeremy Hunter, one of the professors from the Drucker School of Management, wrote about attention, “The Essential Resource We’re All Wasting.”

Thin Difference shared a guest post by Sara Dougherty unpacking, “5 Lessons I Couldn’t Learn in a Classroom.” The “5 Real-World Lessons from a Recent Graduate” are: networking; no one holds your hand in the real world; let others critique and mold who you want to be as a professional; be persistent; and the little things make a big difference.

Ted Bauer wrote that, “Simply Listing Your Core Values Misses the Point.”

Anne Loehr shared a podcast she was recently interviewed on in, “Smart People Podcast Hosts Anne Loehr: Service and Success.”

Friend, blogger, and communications strategist Carrie Gubsch, shared this look by Lewis Howes at “The Important Skill You Might Be Overlooking in Your Branding.”

Lead With Giants shared a guest post by Danica Worthy outlining, “7 Ways to Develop Gravitas and Leadership Presence.”

Heidi Oran at Thin Difference wrote and shared that, “Change Happens: 5 Reminders to Help You Embrace It.” The reminders Heidi shares to help coping with change when it happens are: life isn’t a straight line; perseverance is your friend; you can change your brain; small things count too; and no time period defines you.

Also at Thin Difference, Jon Mertz wrote about, “The Power of Example,” and “Career Chapters: The Next One.”

Millennials

Lolly Daskal highlights what she believes is “The Secret on How to Motivate Millennials.” Within this post, Lolly highlights: innovation; autonomy; opportunity to sharpen their skills; leveraging technology; collaboration; flexibility; instant gratification; and meaning.

In response to Brexit, Ivana Kottasova writes about a large reaction from British Millennials, in writing, “British Millennials: You’ve stolen our future.”

Neighbor Love

Friend, pastor, and blogger Emmy Kegler wrote and shared this profound piece about, “A sound of sheer silence: a commentary on Elijah, Legion, and Pulse.” Emmy also shared a pastoral response she wrote, “The Shooting at Pulse: Pastor Emmy’s Response (from the Church Newsletter).” She also shared her sermon from last weekend, “On hiding out for forty days, legitimate fear, and the church’s chance to tell a new story: a sermon on Elijah, Jesus, and Legion,” as well as “Valor, service, wisdom: a sermon for blessing prayer shawls & quilts.”

As legend Garrison Keillor retires, Cara Buckley wrote about, “The Garrison Keillor You Never Knew.”

"A Whirl of Spirit," by Vonda Drees
“A Whirl of Spirit,” by Vonda Drees

Friend, blogger, and artist Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts over the past couple of weeks. These posts have included: “enchanting stories“; “reality of mystery“; “Grace bats last“; “God’s song“; “beloved“; “beloved and broken beauty“; “a whirl of Spirit“; “solitude silence stillness“; “night whisper“; and “70 x 7.”

Friend and professor Dr. Marit Trelstad shared some updates from her family’s travels and sabbatical in, “Luther- International Man of Intrigue,” and “Bonhoeffer.”

With gun violence so rampant, I greatly appreciate this video about “Me & Mass Shootings.” With gun violence in mind, Pacific Lutheran University President, Dr. Thomas Krise wrote, “133 and Counting: The tragic shooting in Orlando and the need for new gun control measures.”

After Orlando, Elizabeth Drescher wrote about, “How to Be an #LGBTQAlly After #Orlando.”

In another story out of the Orlando tragedy, Jenny Rapson wrote about one victim’s grandmother, in writing, “Her Grandson Was Killed in Orlando. What these passengers did on her flight to his funeral? Tears!” Read this story, it might give you some hope in humanity today.

In response to Orlando, two of my dear friends at LEAD also shared some important thoughts. Friend and director Peggy Hahn wrote, “Orlando and a Call for Action,” and friend Lynn Willis wrote about, “Orlando and our blindspot.”

Friend, pastor, and blogger Frank Johnson shared his most recent sermon based on Job 42:10-17, “Job, the conclusion: The God who sees through our bull.

Friend, pastor, and blogger Mandy Brobst-Renaud pondered, “What’s in a Name?

Stewardship

Friend and stewardship director Adam Copeland shared this look at why it’s “Time to Start Planning,” by Kathy Showalter Fiscus, as well as this stewardship reflection taking up the question, “Why Give? Because Jesus Gave Us Work to Do,” by Rev. Dr. Katie Hays.

Vocation

Friend and blogger Julia Nelson shared her weekly dose of “Tuesday Tea Time,” as well as a second dose of it for today.

Over at Thin Difference, Scott Savage asked an important question about life and daily life, asking, “Are You Living for the Weekend?

Friend and professor Dr. Lynn Hunnicutt continued detailing about her bike trip across the country. Get caught up in her journey by checking out her daily posts, including the ones for: “Day 16“; “Day 18“; and “Day 19.”

Friend and blogger Emily Shane reflected about how, “Attitude is Everything: open-mindfulness and a positive attitude are so important.”

Miscellaneous

Friend Tim Chalberg shared some thoughts on the Mariners and baseball in taking up the question, “Ichiro, All-Time Hits King* (?)

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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; Dr. Jeremy Hunter; and “a whirl of Spirit.”

This Week’s Links

Internet1Each week on Tuesdays I share some of what I have seen, read, and found 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; 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 or writing a sermon this week, I have a few links for you. First, check out Bishop Michael Rinehart’s thoughts on “Pentecost 5C.” With these week’s passages in mind, friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis wrote and reflected in, “Naked No More.” Also spend some time with this week’s “Sermon Brainwave” podcast with friends and professors Rev. Dr.’s Rolf Jacobson, Karoline Lewis, and Matt Skinner. If you are following the narrative lectionary, check out friend and professor Dr. Lois Malcolm’s “Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:11-21.”

In response to the horror, terror, and violence directed at our LGBTQ+ sisters and brothers, a number of bishops, pastors, and ministry leaders have shared pastoral letters and calls for change. Among them have included Bishop Kirby Unti from the Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA, as well as Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s letter in response. Many others have shared their thoughts on Facebook, and I have in turn shared some of them over the past few days on my own Facebook page.

Friend, pastor, and blogger Diane Roth writes on the importance of being engaged in the world in sharing, “Prayers for Orlando, and for our Hearts.” Within this Diane writes, “the news of the world needs to come to church, where we can repent, and lament, and ask God to change our hearts, so hard.” I couldn’t agree more.

The former site of Silverdale Lutheran Church, which has most recently been a local community center was demolished last week.

In my latest post as a mission developer at Messiah Lutheran Church, I shared some recent “Wilderness Wanderings of the Mind.”

Friends Peggy Hahn and pastor David Hansen shared a great new post from LEAD related to congregations with statistics and good perspectives for being healthy and remarkable congregations, writing, “Be a Remarkable Small Congregation.”

Meredith Gould provided the transcript from last week’s Church and Social Media (#ChSocM) chat about, “Continuing #eform16 inquiries & conversations about social media.”

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Friend and professor Dr. Mary Hess shared this great TEDx talk about how “Stories build connection.” Check out this talk!

For those of you in Ridgefield or Clark County in Washington, you might want to check out this month’s “Ridgefield Main Street Community Meeting,” which will include information about the currently being built “Cowlitz Casino.”

Social leadership theorist Julian Stodd shared some, “Words About Learning: Interconnected.”

Leadership Thought & Practice

Steve Keating wrote about, “When Your ‘Leader’ is Really a Manager.”

Do you some times worry about taking time off or vacationing like I do? To help alleviate some of that worry, Lolly Daskal shares, “4 Scientific Reasons Vacations are Good for Your Health.” The reasons she highlights are: stress reduction; heart disease prevention; improved productivity; and better sleep.

In a related post, Molly Page at Thin Difference reflected about, “When You’re Too Valuable to Take Time Off.” Within this Molly shared 3 things to keep in mind: teamwork makes the dream work; while you’re away things might be done differently; and being missed is a good thing.

Anne Loehr highlighted and unpacked the “Fastest Growing Jobs: The Qualities You Need to Succeed.”

Secretary Hillary Clinton
Secretary Hillary Clinton

While studying at the Drucker School in Claremont, California I had the joy of studying under Dr. Jean Lipman-Blumen and learning about her idea of “Connective Leadership.” I was reminded of this concept when reading this article by Ezra Klein who wrote last week that, “It’s time to admit Hillary Clinton is an extraordinarily talented politician.” I was particularly struck by Ezra writing that Secretary Clinton, “relied on a more traditionally female approach to leadership: creating coalitions, finding common ground, and winning over allies. Today, 523 governors and members of Congress have endorsed Clinton, 13 have endorsed Sanders.” Building coalitions, finding common ground, and winning allies are hallmarks of connective leadership, because it’s all about building partnerships and shared concerns, working together. Check out the article for more thoughts on this.

Jeremy Quittner shared about, “The One Thing Warren Buffett Says Every Business Must Do.” Quittner writes, “Don’t just satisfy your customers, delight them. So says Warren Buffett, the chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, and the third-wealthiest man in the world.”

Ted Coine wrote importantly about the intersections of life, leadership, careers, and vocation, writing about “Going From Career Back to Calling.” To help understand this, he invites some thoughts around the following questions and observations: Have you identified your calling? Are you ignoring your calling because you’re doing something that pays better, because you “have to”?; By contrast, I know very few successful business people that set out to get wealthy and did.

For me leadership is all about building coalitions and responding to societal challenges for the sake of the common good. Eugene Scott shared such an example last week when writing about how David Petraeus and Mark Kelly are launching a gun control group.

Jon Mertz reflected about, “Leadership Strangers: Authority and Accountability,” over at Thin Difference.

Neighbor Love

Rev. Andrea Roske-Metcalfe shared, “A Call to Confession for the Sin of Idolatry.”

Friend, pastor, and blogger Frank Johnson shared his sermon for this past weekend based on Job 38:1-11, “Not you. God.

I have had so many thoughts go through my head in the past couple of days since waking up to the horrible news Sunday morning from Orlando. I didn’t want to write, but I felt I needed to write. So late on Sunday I wrote and shared a confession in, “Confession- Our acquiescence is a grave sin indeed.”

"beloved beyond boundaries," by Vonda Drees.
“beloved beyond boundaries,” by Vonda Drees.

Friend, blogger, and artist Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts over the past week. These posts included: “at home everywhere“; “notice grace“; “beloved beyond boundaries“; and “soul roots.”

Rev. Dr. Will Willimon shared this important and timely reflection on, “Fearing Our Fears.”

Friend, pastor, and blogger Emmy Kegler shared her sermon for this past weekend, “Do you see this woman? (on sexual assault, rape culture, and forgiveness).” In preparation for her sermon she wrote this powerful and important commentary on the same texts, “Do you see this woman?: a preaching commentary on rape culture, Bathsheba, and the use of grace.” Emmy also shared her sermon from last week, “The inconvenient and miraculous pattern of Christian life: a sermon on death and resurrection.”

If you have not seen it, you need to read “The Powerful Letter the Stanford Victim Read Aloud to Her Attacker.”

Friend, pastor, and blogger Ben Colahan unpacked what he believes is “The Privilege Perpetuated by ELCA Economics.” What do you think?

Eddie Kaufholz wrote about, “The Sermon on Pulse you didn’t hear in church.”

The Millennial shared Archbishop Blase Cupich’s response in, “Archbishop Cupich on Orlando Shooting: We Can No Longer Stand By and Do Nothing.”

Blogger and pastor Todd Buegler wrote and shared, “How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Orlando.”

Friend, soon-to-be pastor and blogger Chris Michaelis wrote and shared, “It Could Have Been Me.”

Blogger and soon to be seminarian Elle Dowd shed an important light on biphobia in writing about, “Biphobia and the Pulse Massacre.”

Friend, pastor, and blogger Aaron Fuller shared some reflections on “Diversity & Orlando.”

David Brooks wrote, “Let’s Have a Better Culture War.” What do you think about David’s idea?

Friend, pastor, and blogger Matt Byrd shared some thoughts on “Authenticity.”

Social Media & Blogging

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

Vocation

Friend, professor, and blogger Dr. Lynn Hunnicutt continued to update about her cross-country journey, writing about: “Shoulders“; a journey through Walla Walla; an arrival in Clarkston; the joys of a rest day; as well as a discovery that “flat doesn’t always mean flat.”

Friend and blogger Julia Nelson shared her weekly dose of “Tuesday Tea Time,” reflecting on the importance of listening to each other’s stories, and love, especially in response to the Orlando hate crime.

Miscellaneous

Friend and blogger Tim Chalberg shared his weekly update of the “MLB Projected Standings,” as well as a recap of the “2016 Seattle Mariners Draft.”

With an example of beauty from the past week, check out this story about how “This picture perfect shot of Seattle went worldwide.”

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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; Secretary Hillary Clinton; and “beloved beyond boundaries.”

Confession- Our acquiescence is a grave sin indeed

Most merciful God, we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.

This is most certainly true. Though it does not mean that we cannot strive to be better- To grow and work for peace, justice, equality, and fellowship. There is much to be done. Yet sometimes we are most captive to the sin of thinking “We can’t do anything to change it.” “We can’t do anything to make it better.” Our acquiescence is a grave sin indeed.

We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. 

prayfororlandoWe have sinned when speaking words of hate against our brothers and sisters, God’s children just like each and everyone of us as individuals. We have sinned when not defending our brothers and sisters against others who use hate, bigotry, and ignorance to divide and exclude. We have sinned when we have refused time, and time again, to advocate for our LGBTQA sisters and brothers and join together as One Body of Christ. We have sinned when we have refused time, and time again, in seeing gun tragedy after tragedy to stand up, have conversations, and work for common sense gun control. We have sinned when we have refused to name the reality of gun violence, prejudice of all kinds, racism, sexism, and ageism in worship. How long O Lord, will we give into the sin of acquiescence?

We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. 

For every ill thought about each other- for different beliefs, political persuasions, sexual orientations, faith understandings, ethnic and cultural identity, Lord forgive us. Forgive us for every moment where we fail to remember that we are all Your Children, created in Your Image. When we do not show love to our neighbor, we do not show love to you.

For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. 

Kyrie eleison: Lord, have mercy. Christe eleison: Christ, have mercy. Kyrie eleison: Lord, have mercy.

Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.

Forgive us for the times when we think there is nothing we can do. Forgive us for the many times where we throw our hands in the air. Give us faith and good courage to act, as you are leading and calling us to do. May we love our neighbors as ourselves through all of our words and deeds. May we comfort the mourning, grieving, and hurting. May we have eyes to see, hearts to feel, hands to hold, ears to hear and listen, minds to think, and souls courageous enough to act and change. Guide us in your ways, Merciful God, and never let us give in to the temptation to think that violent days like today are inevitable and there is nothing we can do about it.

Amen. 

Note: The sentences italicized above are the text for one of the more common texts for confession in worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The non-italicized portions are my thoughts today based on the hate crime and terrorism directed at the LGBTQA community in Orlando, Florida. If this is a useful liturgy for you, you have my permission to share and use this with your worshiping community. 

Image Credit: Pray for Orlando

This Week’s Links

Internet1Nearly every week on Tuesdays I share some of what I have seen, read, and found thought provoking over the past week. This week’s edition actually covers the past two weeks, as I was unable to put the links together a week ago. 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

If you are writing a sermon or preparing for worship for this coming weekend, the fourth Sunday after Pentecost, I have a few links for you to consider. Check out, “Your Faith Has Saved You,” a reflection from friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis, as well as the “Sermon Brainwave” podcast around this weekend’s themes and readings with Karoline as well as other friends and professors Rev. Dr.’s Rolf Jacobson and Matt Skinner. Also spend some time with Bishop Michael Rinehart’s thoughts on “Pentecost 4C.” If you are following the narrative lectionary check out this great “Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10,” by friend and professor Dr. Lois Malcolm.

Friend, professor, and mentor Dr. Terri Elton shared wonderful news about the “Global Young Reformers Living Reformation Cohort Application.” Applications are due by July 1st, and I highly encourage you to check this out, especially if you are a younger adult in ministry or curious about the church.

Terri also wrote that, “Anyone, and everyone, can lead!” Check out the post to see why and how.

Are you a young adult and looking for a wonderful growing experience for the fall 2016-spring 2017? If so, Lutheran Volunteer Corps still has 12 open positions! Check out this link and apply.

Ron Judd wrote what I think perhaps was the most interesting article related to the church in the past week detailing about Pastor Beth Purdum, in “A Wing and a Prayer: Island-hopping pastor preaches in the San Juans.” If you are curious about unique multi-site ministries, especially one that is in the beauty of the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest, definitely check out this article.

My most recent post from my role as mission developer at Messiah Lutheran Church explained and asked, “I’m Excited! Are You Excited?

In the Vancouver, Washington area there has been sad news lately, as a “Fire heavily damages Hazel Dell church,” which was now it seems only the first of a handful of church arsons in the area.

Friend, pastor, and blogger Joe Smith wrote with warning, “How to Let People Know, ‘It’s All About Us,” offering instead the following advice, “Try telling stories about your community. Stories invite people to imagine the observer in that place. Don’t tell people it’s a welcoming and friendly church (lots of churches say that); let the stories speak for themselves.” Check out the whole post for more, as well as Joe’s thoughts on, “Is Faith Worth the Investment? Our Neighbors and Relationships.”

Pastor and blogger Clint Schnekloth reflected about, “Suspecting the Church.”

My friends at LEAD shared a couple new posts including, “Responding with Compassion,” and “Young Leaders are Hope,” with friends Rozella White and pastor David Hansen.

Are you feeling called to a new leadership opportunity in ministry? If so, perhaps the Holy Spirit may be leading you to North Texas-North Louisiana, where there is an opening for a “Bishop Associate for Leader Formation and Congregational Care.” This position will report to friend and newly elected bishop Rev. Erik Gronberg.

Friend, blogger, and pastor Diane Roth reflected about feelings related to being “Unprepared,” as well as about “Listening Between the Lines.”

My wife Allison shared this post from February by Rachel Johnson who wrote that, “This May All Go to S…: An Open Letter to Millennial Church Leaders.”

Hopefully it does not all go that way, and rather the church has a hopeful future. The ELCA is considering such questions in an initiative, “Called Forward Together in Christ,” inviting people to consider, contemplate, and respond to the question, “What does the future of the ELCA look like to you?”

Rick Steves
Rick Steves

Living Lutheran shared news that “ELCA Reformation grants (have been) awarded.”

Living Lutheran also continued it’s series about who are Lutherans and what it means to be a Lutheran by sharing a Lutheran celebrity from the Pacific Northwest’s response, “I’m a Lutheran: Rick Steves,” yes Rick Steves is an ELCA Lutheran who worships in a congregation just north of Seattle.

Friend Hannah Heinzekehr shared news in The Mennonite that Pastor Isaac Villegas has been “reaffirmed by congregation after conference suspends credentials.”

Church and Social Media (#ChSocM) shared transcripts of their recent conversations which centered on, “What Would Jesus Design: Graphics-a-go-go,” as moderated by Beth Felice; and “Zooming in on Video and Social Media,” as moderated by Jason Chesnut.

For those of you involved in congregations and nonprofits I encourage you to check out this post from stewardship director Adam Copeland who announced about a “FREE Crowdfunding Guide for Congregations and Nonprofits.”

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Friend and professor Dr. Mary Hess shared a great video with her uncle Ted Celeste in, “Learning Civility in Politics.”

In an interesting economic and social sector case study, Paul Davidson pondered, “Is Seattle company’s $70,000 minimum wage working?

With news from my alma mater of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), David Kroman writes that NPR Radio Station, “KPLU reaches its massive fundraising goal,” and university president Thomas Krise shared his “hearty congratulations” as well.

Social leadership theorist Julian Stodd reflected about “Socially Dynamic Traits: Ideation, Aggregation and Dissemination,” “The Socially Dynamic Organization: Connected, Adapted, Fluid,” and shared, “An Architecture for Learning Technology.”

Leadership Thought & Practice

Dan Rockwell shared a number of great leadership perspectives over the past couple of weeks. These included: “The Top 10 Rules for Talking Like a Leader“; “The Three Competencies of Effective Leaders“; and “How to Forget Like a Leader.”

digital nativeAnne Loehr pondered, “Is ‘Digital Native’ Code for Ageism?” What do you think?

Tanveer Naseer highlighted “7 Ways Leaders Can Empower Their Employees to Succeed,” as well as, “10 Principles for Developing Strategic Leaders,” in a guest piece by Jessica Leitch, David Lancefield, and Mark Dawson. The 10 principles highlighted include: distribute responsibly; be honest and open about information; create multiple paths for raising and testing ideas; make it safe to fail; provide access to other strategists; develop opportunities for experienced-based learning; hire for transformation; bring your whole self to work; find time to reflect; and recognize leadership development as an ongoing practice.

Lolly Daskal asked and shared, “Want to Be a Great Leader? Ask Yourself These Questions Weekly.

Seth Godin shared some good reflections about “Transitions,” which are a reality of life and leadership, as well as some thoughts, “On knowing it can be done.”

Steve Keating wrote and reminded that, “Leading Doesn’t Make You a Better Person.”

Dan Forbes wrote, “Commit to Win,” on the Lead with Giants blog. Also at Lead with Giants, Cynthia Bazin shared a great selection of leadership thoughts in “The Best of Lead with Giants – June 2016.”

Thin Difference shared a guest post by Caroline Schmidt who outlined, “5 Signs You Need a Career Change.” Signs to consider include: work no longer challenges you; you feel tired all the time; your confidence is diminished; you aren’t engaged with your passions; and your talent could be used elsewhere.

Also over at Thin Difference, Molly Page shared some good “Thoughts on Being Present and Staying Centered,” and Daniel Weinzveg explained about “The Six Types of Engagement.”

Millennials

Eric Torrence shared some good thoughts for Millennials and leaders in writing about, “The Good Kind of Overwhelmed,” over at Thin Difference. Also at Thin Difference, Jeremy Chandler shared, “John Maxwell’s Greatest Piece of Advice for Young Leaders.”

Jeannie Walters outlined, “3 Ways to Update Customer Experience for Millennials“- flexibility, empowerment, and validation.

Friend Tim Schuster shares this article by Farhad Manjoo who wrote that, “Corporate America Chases the Mythical Millennial.”

Allison shared this report from Christopher Rugaber who wrote, “Goodbye, empty nest: Millennials staying longer with parents.”

Neighbor Love

My wife (and a current pastoral intern) Allison Siburg, shared her recent sermon based on Luke 7:1-10, “Speak the word.”

Meta Herrick Carlson vulnerably and powerfully shared about the danger, fear, and challenges for victims of rape and sexual assault, writing and calling us all to “just listen.”

"Faith W-rest-ling," by Vonda Drees.
“Faith W-rest-ling,” by Vonda Drees.

Friend, blogger, and artist Vonda Drees shared a number of beautiful posts over the past couple of weeks. These posts included: “faith w-rest-ling“; “joyous inseparable unity“; “a blessing of loveliness“; “you are worthy“; “grace connections“; “beloved and chosen“; “kindness ripples“; “miraculous love“; “reaping joy“; “power and mystery“; “marked forever“; and “awake.”

Jennifer Butler wrote about, “The Rise of the Religious Left: Why the old ‘moral majority’ is crumbling.”

My sister Tamara Siburg shared this important article by Amanda Leventhal, who writes that, “We Cannot Continue to Overlook ‘High Functioning’ Depression.”

Late last week Muhammad Ali passed away. As so many people shared their thoughts and memories, some were more harmful, problematic, and actually wrong than others. Ta-Nehisi Coates responds to sportscaster Bob Costas whose take was along those lines, and “typifies the ongoing dialogue around racism in this country,” in writing, “Bob Costas to Muhammad Ali- ‘Well Actually…

Friend Adam Copeland shared this interesting look by Samuel Freedman at a “North Dakota Mosque a Symbol of Muslims’ Long Ties in America.”

John Pavlovitz shared some thoughts about “If You Believe Donald Trump Deserves to Be President,” as well as a response “To Brock Turner’s Father, from Another Father.”

Friend, pastor, and blogger Frank Johnson shared three different sermons on his blog over the past couple of weeks which are part of the narrative lectionary’s summer focus on the book of Job. These sermons included, “Job: Sitting with the questions,” based on Job 1; “The rings of grief: Job and Eliphaz,” based on Job 4:1-9; and “I know that my Redeemer lives!,” based on Job 14:7-15 and Job 19:23-27.

Friend, and director of planning and engagement for ELCA World Hunger, Mikka McCracken, reflected in, “The Spirit Intercedes.”

Social Media & Blogging

Friend and blogger J.W. Wartick shared his version of the links with his “Really Recommended Posts,” both for last week and this week.

Stewardship

In my final post for the COMPASS blog while serving on staff at the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, I shared, “A Word to all Recent and soon to be Graduates.”

Friend and stewardship director Adam Copeland shared a couple great reads, including “No More Mugs: Seeking Relational Rewards,” by Abigail Miller, and “It’s About Time,” by friend and Ecumenical Stewardship Center CEO, Marcia Shetler.

Vocation

Friend and blogger Julia Nelson shared a couple cups of her weekly dose of “Tuesday Tea Time,” last week sharing tea with birthday inspired thoughts, and this week with some thoughts about new art and summer.

"Beloved and Chosen," by Vonda Drees.
“Beloved and Chosen,” by Vonda Drees.

Congratulations are in order to my mother-in-law Jakki Parks who recently won an award for her beautiful art. Also, Jakki is now on Twitter, so if you would like to follow her art and thoughts there, please do and welcome her to Twitter.

Friend and professor Dr. Lynn Hunnicutt has set off on her cross-country journey. Follow along on her blog as she bikes from coast to coast. To learn more, read about her “bike brain-trust,” as well as about her anticipation in “Tomorrow.” On Day 1 they started at the coast and then it was off; Day 2 brought a favorable tail-wind and a brief stop at a childhood church; Day 3 brought beautiful vistas and a very warm Sunday (nearly 100 degrees actually); and Day 4 brought another tail wind as well as a glimpse at the remains of the oil train derailment along the gorge from last week. Check out the blog to journey with Lynn and her friends cross country over the next couple of months.

Jon Mertz at Thin Difference shared some thoughts and reflection about “Graduating and Remembering.”

From my alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University, President Thomas Krise shared some thoughts about “Service, Learning & Community Building: A Q&A about Student Civic Engagement,” and a recent sermon from interim pastor John Rosenberg taking up the question that has been debated for decades, “Is PLU Lutheran enough?

Miscellaneous

If you are a baseball fan or just a fan of dreams, you need to experience Vin Scully’s recitation of James Earl Jones’ “Field of Dreams” speech!

David Parker Brown shares about his interesting adventure on a plane run for Copper River Salmon in Alaska.

In a story you have to read to believe, read about this smart dog who was injured and walked “into an emergency room for help.”

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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; Rick Steves; Digital Native; “faith w-rest-ling“; and “beloved and chosen.”