Monday Picks ~ 5-8-2017

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

What I’ve Learned about Pastoral MinistryKevin DeYoung
lightstock_9791_medium_tgc…if you live long enough, you’ll find that everyone is hurting. You’ll discover people’s marriages aren’t as good as they seem, or their kids are more troubled than they let on, or there’s a miscarriage or infertility, or there’s a parent who’s sick, or someone whose death is still the source of constant sadness, or there is a strained relationship, or there is an addiction, or there is an invisible illness. There’s just a lot of pain out there.

Everyone you talk to is a sinner and a sufferer. As a young person filled with good theology, it’s easier to know the sinner part. And we can’t forget this, otherwise we will be poor friends, and I’ll be a poor pastor. Compassion without follow through or correction is not real love. But that’s only one part of the equation. You have to remember people are carrying around a lot of hurt, a lot of sadness, a lot of fears. I’ve had to learn that people are not just sinners; they’re sufferers too. And that shapes how you deal with sin and extend mercy. I hope I’ve learned that.


There’s a good way to complain…

The self-healing letter of complaintSeth Godin
Image result for seth godinYou’ve been wronged. The service was terrible. You went unseen, disrespected and abused. You didn’t get your money’s worth. The software is sloppy, the people were rude, the entire experience was lousy.

A letter to the organization is called for. At the very least, you’ll get an apology, some free samples, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll fix the problem for everyone who comes after you. How generous of you to dig in and share the vitriol.

Better put a sharp point on it, personalize it and make it sting…

Here’s a different tack, a selfish one that pays off for everyone involved…


I’ve encountered almost all of these erroneous beliefs at one time or another…

The 12 Mistakes Dead Churches MakeBarry Cameron
The Twelve Mistakes Dead Churches MakeEvery year thousands of churches, unfortunately and unnecessarily, have to close their doors. Why? Because they kept doing the things that did them in. To put it another way, they held some highly defective, very destructive beliefs that determined their demise. Here are the mistakes dead churches make.

Dead churches erroneously believe …


“I Just Want Her To Be Happy”Leonard Sax
https://www.firstthings.com/uploads/article_590361e549076.jpgIt is no use letting kids do whatever they desire unless you have first educated their desire. The first job of the parent is to educate the child’s desire: to instill a longing for something higher and better than video games or pornography or social media, whether that something be found in science, in music, in the arts, in nature, or in religion…

As an American parent, I struggle every day against the culture of “I just want her to be happy.”


Polar opposites…
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