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Here are the items and resources of interest for July 21, 2017:
- For you golf fans, The Open plays this weekend.
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- Starting next week — once a week — I will be providing a list of book recommendations on the Daily Roundup. I am not sure which day of the week I will do that, but look for it next week.
Here are the items and resources of interest for July 19, 2017:
Here are the items and resources of interest for July 18, 2017:
Here are the items and resources of interest for July 17, 2017:
- Many iPhone users enjoy the freedom of Facetime. However, due to the nature of that app, it will only work for iPhone users. Google Duo is different. It works “cross platform.” That is, an Android user can video chat with an iPhone user. I have used Google Duo, and it works very well. If you get it and you are currently in my contacts list, it will automatically add you to my Duo list. Available on both platforms. Android | iOS
- Speaking of Google Duo, this article from Android Headlines states that it has surpassed 100 million downloads.
- In the interest of fair play, here is an article detailing one user’s breakup with Android. My own experience is nothing like described in the article, and it makes me wonder what people are doing with their devices, but I leave it here for your enjoyment.
- If you are a WhatsApp user, you will want to read this article.
Here are the items and resources of interest for July 14, 2017:
- Helpful advice and counsel for the first year of pastoring a church. Written by Phil Newton. Additionally, you may want to check out this podcast which discusses the “ten most frequent questions pastors have.” Thom Rainer is the host. The following are the questions:
Where do I begin to lead my church toward revitalization? What do I do about our aging church facilities? How do I handle church financial issues? How do I handle conflict and personnel issues? What is the best leadership structure for a church? What are the best practical ministry tools? How do I establish a vision for my church? How do I deal with power struggles in the church? How do I lead change in the worship services? Can I survive?
- In a few short weeks, my wife and I will be moving to Newport, Tennessee. Our reason for moving is detailed in this post.
- I do not take selfies. I know many do and that is okay. However, if you are not careful it may be costly. Watch this video of the woman who destroyed $200,000 worth of art over a selfie. You can also read the CNET article here.
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Here are the items and resources of interest for July 13, 2017:
- Learning to Love the Psalms — a new teaching series from Robert Godfrey and produced by Ligonier Ministries.
- The Family Altar — This is the first in a series on the subject of Family Worship as discussed in the book The Family Altar by Oliver Haywood. The issue of family worship and the need to do it cannot be overstated. The family has been under attack for many years. Are we better for having neglected such an important duty?
- On the tragic side of things, read this interview held with Eugene Peterson. In light of this, Lifeway makes an announcement regarding The Message.
- The Pope has spoken regarding gluten free bread in the Supper — I admit, this is pretty stupid. I leave it here for information (amusement?) only.
- Young pastors need old mentors — I agree! The ministry is hard sometimes and having older, godly men in your life will help a great deal.
- A helpful reminder — Wes Bredenof reminds us that the footnotes in The Institutes need to be read with discernment at times.
- Sermon Preparation Time — Thom Rainer gives the results of a “poll” he conducted on the topic. What is missing, I think, are other aspects required to make the survey more valuable. For instance, age and time in the ministry. Granted, it was a Twitter poll. For me, my preparation time varies from week to week depending on the text. Sometimes the outline appears very easily, and at other times, I need to work hard to find it. Many factors affect the time necessary to prepare a sermon, and one of those is prayer. I wonder if the results include the prayer time required to prepare and preach?
- Why Millennials Need the Church — Written by Ross Hodges. From the article:
Millennial blogger Sam Eaton—citing alarming statistics from a recent Barna survey—declares that millennials are “over church.” Eaton himself admits, “From the depths of my heart, I want to love church. I want to be head-over-heels for church….I desperately want to feel this way about church, but I don’t. Not even a little bit. In fact, like much of my generation, I feel the complete opposite.”
- I place this video under miscellaneous because it cannot be put under theology/Christianity and I don’t have a category called “terrible theology.” Many have already seen it. What you are about to watch is a blasphemous act performed in a worship service of Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 6, 2016 (why are we only seeing this now, I wonder). I implore the presbytery in which this church resides to file charges against the leadership. This behavior should not be tolerated.
Life Together from Redeemer Video on Vimeo.