Tuesday Picks ~ 11-29-2016


This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

Man, this article conjured up some memories I’d just as soon forget. But this is great advice for worship leaders…

Growing In Your UnflappabilityJamie Brown
One of the truest truths of worship leading is that you never know what’s going to happen on a Sunday morning. You can prepare, plan, rehearse, and practice until you’re blue in the face, but when Sunday morning comes, literally anything could happen…

It’s hard not to get completely sidetracked, distracted, worked up, and even a little bit angry or annoyed…

But I’ve found that the best way to grow in becoming more unflappable on Sundays is simply to put your money where your theology is…

Don’t leave the label, leave the baggage…

On Leaving EvangelicalismBarnabas Piper
http://theblazingcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/pexels-photo-4-1700x1093.jpgTo distance yourself from a label is to distance yourself from the baggage it carries, sure. But it is also to distance yourself from the history it carries, the values it carries, and the theology it represents. Evangelicalism has a complex past and present, loaded with richness and putridity. I understand the desire to remove one’s self from the latter, but not the former. To say “I am not an evangelical” while still retaining as much of the richness as possible s like a child disliking her name and saying “call me Rainbow.” Her name has not changed nor has her family. She is simply trying to distance herself from a reality she cannot change.

If we disapprove of what a label stands for we only have two options. Leave it behind entirely along with its circle of influence and imprint. Or seek to better represent it so that when people meet us their perception my change by a degree or two. If the label stands for good things at its core then it is worth doing the latter.

5 Things The Decline of Radio and TV Can Tell Us About the Future of the ChurchCarey Nieuwhof
future of radioIn all of human history, people have never had access to more information than they do today. But somewhere in the midst of it, meaning has been lost.

The crisis our culture is facing is not a crisis of information. It’s a crisis of meaning.

This is perhaps one of the greatest opportunities for the church in history. No one should be better at providing meaning, hope and perspective.

I don’t mean jumping on Facebook and offering your half-formed opinion on politics, supreme court decisions and anything else you want to rant about. That just adds to the noise and detracts from the Gospel.

I mean sharing intelligent, honest, transparent, soul-nourishing, grace and truth that springs from and points to the source of all wisdom—Jesus Christ.

The Gospel satisfies the deepest needs of the human heart and mind for meaning. And no one should be better at proffering meaning into a culture so desperately in need of it than the church.

Sometimes I think life is hard, but I’ve never had to pump gas without arms. Have you?

Stress test…

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