Saturday, September 04, 2010

Weekend Reading, 4 September

As always, there are more quality blogs than I could possibly link. These are what I found via Twitter and there, it's just a matter of timing- if I see a link while I'm on, I'll click it. So my apologies if I missed you. I hope to catch you next time. Best (worst?) example was the effort of @ivoryjohn to raise money for Blood: Water Missions via retweets on Twitter. I retweeted the announcement that he was going to to this yesterday and then totally spaced it last night. I hope he does it again and I hope then I'm less flaky.

I also want to lead off with this post from Maurilio Amorim on the narcissism behind blogging and social media. It is a definite temptation, which is one of my main motivations for doing the "weekend readings". I'm not in it for my glory, or even to hype these other bloggers, but for God's glory. My hope and prayer is that through these links you might read something you might not have otherwise or catch a post you missed, and through the thoughts, convictions, and writings of others grow in your walk with Christ. Ok, on with the show...

A common theme I've found over the weeks is that of pastor burnout.
  • Perry Noble credits his wife and daughter for their encouragement and stresses that family remain a priority.
  • Ron Edmonson gives tips from his marathon training to avoid burnout by pacing yourself. (I personally love this, with my wife being a marathoner!)
  • Darryl at DashHouse posted on the value of sabbaticals to avoid burnout. A welcome suggestion and something I'm going to pursue for my own pastor.
  • Amy Sorrells challenges us to think like a Chilean miner when we get stuck. Good advice, pastor or not.
  • Johnathan Pearson reminds us that we need to continue to add fuel to our fire if we want to continue giving light and heat without burning out.
A couple of how-tos for pastors and lay leaders.
  • Steven Furtick reminds us not to be ashamed to call others higher, in fact it's a compliment to do so.
  • Scott Couchenour offers his usual input to leaders and offers some additional links on don't stop growing. (It helps to link to others who have lots of links 'causse it saves me space! Yes, that's cheating)
  • Nick Croft (aka Nick the Geek), guest posting at Make a Difference to One, encourages us to pray not only for our own children, but also for the children in our church and to not take children's salvation for granted. (As a former youth leader, I really appreciate this post)
Another common theme is rethinking Church.
  • I'm participating in a discussion on Michael Spencer's Mere Churchianity. You can follow that conversation over at Bend the Page (with links back here and to other bloggers in on the discussion). We're only on Chapter 3, so there's time to catch up and join us!
  • Shawn Smucker pulls no punches observing that Democracy is an easy crutch for our Church.
  • Jason Stasyszen (and many others- more links!) is reading and discussing The Hole in the Gospel and notes (pun not intended) that we've reduced the symphony of the Gospel down to a single note. 
  • Alise writes a scathing letter to the American Church (TM) reminding us that we need to deal with the plank in our own eyes before we can remove the specks outside our church's walls.
  • Brandon O'Brien writes on how we take a Pagan approach to our relationship with God: we do good, he owes us- and how wrong that is.
  • Bethany Keeley-Jonker wonders if you can have an online church. (a means others like Brand New Church and are testing out)
  • Darrin Patrick challenges the Church that we have a "man problem" through a video promoting his new book.
Of course, part of Church is each of our own personal journeys.
Relating back to the Blood: Water Missions fundraiser above is also a fundraiser of 30 bloggers in 30 days that is worth checking out and following (and obviously contributing towards).

Also relating back to the news of Glenn Coffee abandoning his NFL career for ministry (and other similar stories) is news of Ben Roethlisberger's comeback on the field and in his faith. Compare then and now.

And after you get through all of this, don't forget the purpose of this weekend. Rest and celebrate the Sabbath.


Ron Edmondson said...

Thank you for mentioning my post here!

Michael said...

Dude, thank you.

Looks like we both read a lot.

Alise said...

Thanks for the mention! I appreciate it. Lots of good stuff here, and some I haven't read before. Love finding new blogs!

Glynn said...

Thanks, Fatha Frank. And this is a great list to be included in.