Nearly 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Allison shared this report from Christopher Rugaber who wrote, “Goodbye, empty nest: Millennials staying longer with parents.”
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.”
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.”
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.
Social Media & Blogging
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.”
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