This Week’s Links

Internet1To all my fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day! May your day of celebration be a day of fun with friends and family, but also a day of reflection about why we are celebrating.

To help with the reflecting part of your day, and because it’s Tuesday, on the blog that means that it is time to share some links to things that I have read and found interesting over the past week. To help make sense of the links, I have grouped them in 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 you enjoy this edition of the links.

Church and Ministry Thought & Practice

Are you preaching this week? If you are preaching on the revised common lectionary, check out friend and professor Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis‘ commentary based on Matthew 11, “Rest For Your Souls.” Also, if you are following either the revised common or narrative lectionary, consider these thought starters for preaching on stewardship this week.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is currently working on a “Human Rights Social Statement.” Check out the current draft, and if you have any input or comments on the draft please submit them by August 31st, the end of the comment period.

Mark Sandlin writes that, “Southern Minister says due to SCOTUS vote, tax churches.” See why, and see what you think.

Michelle DeBeauchamp, Allison, and I together at last year’s Southwestern Washington Synod Mid-Winter Convocation.

Friend and pastor Michelle deBeauchamp was interviewed in and shared this recent story about new shared ministries in Hoquiam, Washington. Dan Hammock provides the details writing that, “Saron Evangelical Lutheran, Hoquiam First Presbyterian to merge ministries.”

Yoni Appelbaum wrote a profile on Pastor Adam Hamilton in The Atlantic last week about “How One Pastor is Bridging the Partisan Divide.”

Friend and pastor Kelly Chatman, among other Lutheran leaders from Minnesota were profiled and interviewed in this piece from The Star Tribune, entitled, “Lutherans work to shed stuffy image and kick-start change.”

Cross-Sector Collaboration
To come up with a solution to health care in the United States will require all sectors working collaboratively together. Sarah Kliff helps highlight why in writing about how, “6 Nobel Prize-winning economists announce opposition to Senate health bill.” Jeff Stein also wrote and shared about how, “A liberal think tank just released its own proposal to fix Obamacare.”

Leadership Thought & Practice
Scott Smith wrote that “From Peter Drucker’s Musings came the makings of Modern Management.”

Marcel Schwantes unpacked, “4 Things the Most Respected Leaders Do for Their Employees.” The observations include that respected leaders: respect others; they listen more and talk less; they get feedback about their leadership; and they build trust that leads to business outcomes.

Marcel also wrote, “What Will Make You an Exceptional Leader, Exactly? It Comes Down to 1 Word.” The word is vulnerability. Marcel shares perspectives on this from Brene Brown, Richard Branson, and Marcus Lemonis. Within this he shares some ways to practice vulnerability: ask for help; be “present” with your feelings; share personal stories and mistakes made; accept that you’re not Superman; and be your word. Give this a read.

Friends and pastors Brian Mundt and Diane Roth both shared this nice little reflection on great leadership and life by Seth Godin entitled, “Creating discomfort.”

Justin Kanoya wrote about, “Navigating Detours and Making the Best of Them,” from Thin Difference.

I think Alexia Fernandez Campbell is on to something writing that, “Trump and millennials have completely different economic priorities.”

Neighbor Love

fireworks in DC
4th of July Fireworks in Washington DC (behind the Lincoln Memorial)

In recognition of Independence Day today, friend Rev. Dr. Robert Saler wrote and shared, “The Fourth of July and Abjected Festivities: Some Graceful Parallels.”

Stephanie McCrummen wrote, “Love Thy Neighbor?” in The Washington Post over the weekend about a “Muslim doctor in a rural midwestern town.” The story was also picked up and shared in the Star Tribune, entitled, “In western Minnesota town of Dawson, a Muslim doctor tries to understand his neighbors who backed Trump.”

Henry Cordes wrote last week that, “Refugee agencies in Nebraska, Iowa face uncertainty after Supreme Court allows limited version of Trump travel ban.”

My friend Carrie Gubsch shared this powerful piece written by Andrew Popa about how, “Refugees are God’s Beloved.” Within this Andrew writes that, “Being a refugee is not someone’s dream and life choice, but rather a response to a failed state and an act of aggression against fundamental human rights and values. Similarly, in too many places around the world, children with intellectual disabilities are deprived of these fundamental human rights to help them reach their potential.” Please read the whole reflection, and share it widely.

Kayla Chadwick wrote something that resonated greatly which was shared by many friends last week. Kayla wrote, “I Don’t Know How to Explain to You that you should care about other people.” It was the subtitle that really caught my eye, “Our disagreement is not merely political, but a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society.” Please give this a read and see what you think.

Over the weekend I shared some neighbor love reflections, that were partly inspired by recent storms rolling through Nebraska, in “The rain falls & the thunder shakes.”

A sort of tongue-in-cheek satirical article from last February has been making the rounds among many friends lately which I want to also share from Korbett Mosesly, “10 Ways to Practice Institutional Racism at your Non-Profit Organization.” This is important food for thought for all places of work, groups, and individuals.

Social Media & Blogging
Facebook CEO and founder “Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook users to be like church pastors.” What do you think of this idea? See the thoughts as reported and shared by Aatif Sulleyman.

Yesterday I shared my weekly dose of thoughts and tidbits for preaching on stewardship this week.

Last week on the blog I pondered the question, “What is Mission Share?” and unpacked its meaning for both the ELCA and the Nebraska Synod.

My wife Allison shared a recent On Being with Krista Tippett episode that interviewed Martin Sheen, and together Krista and Martin talked about “Spirituality of Imagination,” life, vocation, calling, service, “The West Wing,” protesting, and more.

Allison also shared, “The kind gesture that helps Elizabeth Gilbert find the light on her worst days,” as published in the Oprah Magazine last spring.

Also, Allison shared this personal and helpful reflection from Ellie Roscher about a “Self-Care Reboot.”

Friend Peggy Hahn at LEAD shared some, “Summer Reading Recommendations.” Check out Peggy’s great recommended reading for the summer, and happy reading!

Friend Julia Nelson shared some great life and vocational updates in her “Tuesday Tea Time!

Collaboration Ministries shared more from my parents’ journey to Namibia, with the most recent entry, “Day 6- Nhoma Camp Bushmen Village – Part Two.


Alaska Airlines Seattle Mariners Plane
The Alaska Airlines’ Mariners’ 40th Anniversary plane.

Now for a story that features two of my favorite things- baseball and the airplanes, or more specifically, the Seattle Mariners and Alaska Airlines. To commemorate the Mariners’ 40th anniversary, Alaska Airlines introduced a Mariners themed plane. With any luck, I will get the joy of flying on it some day soon.

Also, speaking of airplanes, Talia Avakian writes that, “The World’s Biggest Airport will Open in 2019,” in Beijing.

Taysha Muraugh writes that, “Libraries across the country are giving away free solar eclipse-viewing glasses,” in preparation for the upcoming eclipse on August 21st.

That will conclude this week’s edition of the links. If you have ideas for me, please let me know in the comments. Thank you for reading and being part of the conversation, and blessings on your celebrating today for all of you celebrating, and to everyone, have a wonderful rest of your week! -TS

Image Credits: The links; 4th of July Fireworks behind Lincoln Memorial; and the Alaska Airlines’ Mariners plane.

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