Thursday Picks ~ 2-9-2017

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

Are You Not Ready to WorshipJamie Brown
1I always cringe when I hear worship leaders begin a service by asking the question “are you ready to worship?”

…Most people are somewhere on the spectrum of “not ready” when that first song starts up

So worship leaders can’t approach their congregations with the expectation that they’re “ready to worship”. And they certainly shouldn’t ask them that out loud!

Worship leaders should approach their congregations with the expectation that they’re probably not ready to worship. (But they shouldn’t say that out loud either.)

A worship leader who’s aware that his/her congregation is most likely filled with people who aren’t exactly fired up and ready for the kind of epic worship we see in those online worship videos will present a congregation with the gloriously good news of a great and faithful God, a gracious Redeemer, and a generously outpoured Holy Spirit, instead of a guilt-inducing pressure to hype something up that isn’t there to begin with.

It’s Not Me, It’s You: Why Communication May Not Be Your REAL ProblemTiffany Deluccia
Communication-issues-real-problemCommunication is often more effective than we think it is. The frustration comes when, truthfully, we are not actually communicating what we think we are communicating. Who we really are, what we really value and what we really believe seeps out. No fancy schmancy communications plan needed.

Still, when churches sense their message isn’t getting through, they often dive headfirst into changing the technology or the graphics, trying more announcements, redesigning the site, etc. Perhaps you lead at one of those churches. The problem is they are often trying to solve the wrong challenge…

Meet the Pro-Life Group Cracking Planned Parenthood’s Favorite Market -Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra“I think we have reason to be unbelievably hopeful and optimistic,” Fisher told pastor Matt Chandler on a podcast in December. “I do believe we’ll see legalized abortion ended in this country in my lifetime, and I don’t think that’s because it’s just some hopeful platitude. Data and politics point to it.” …

Human Coalition is looking to anti-slavery activist William Wilberforce for inspiration…

Along with working for political change, Wilberforce was “deeply engaged culturally through education, through transformation, through slave rescue, through attempting to work through other countries to try to create equal rights for all human beings,” Fisher told Chandler. “And so England went from a culture that found slavery to be completely acceptable to finding it to be completely reprehensible in one generation.”

That’s the same goal Human Coalition has for abortion, Matthews said.

“We’re trying to make it unthinkable and unavailable.”

When you’re ready for baseball season and it’s still February…
Calvin and Hobbes – Click image for a larger view.

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