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Curated links for your weekend reading: Preach with Kindness I think I want to pursue more kindness in my preaching, and I think that, if you preach, you should too. Here are three reasons why. Why Church Leaders Should Write More Handwritten Notes Take the time to write a handwritten note. Make it a weekly habit. You might be surprised at the fruit from such a simple discipline. The Government Says We Can’t Sing! What Should We Do? (A Forum) I hope this forum models the kind ...
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Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: Why You’d Be Disappointed With a Visit to the Early Church Have you ever wondered what it might be like to visit one of the earliest churches? If you stopped in on a service, I think you’d likely be disappointed. In fact, I doubt you’d ever go back. It is a Weakness of Faith to Refuse to Mourn the Death of Loved Ones As believers, we should not grieve like those who have no hope, but that does not mean we should not grieve at all (1 Thes. 4:13)...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Don’t Quit, Recommit In this post, I want to provide a few simple recommendations for those who are considering stepping away from the ministry. Sabbath: An Enduring Principle For the Soul The Sabbath principle is not just another rule to keep. It’s an opportunity God is providing to enjoy him more. Four Ways to Practice Pandemic Hospitality Here are four ways that could you practice hospitality within your circles and neighbourhood this ...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: What Does It Mean to ‘Fill Up What’s Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions’? What could possibly be lacking in Christ’s afflictions? And in any case, how on earth could Paul fill them up? Why This May Be the Most Offensive Verse in the Bible I’m convinced that there’s one Bible verse that, when rightly understood, proves most offensive to people whose sensibilities have been shaped by Western notions of inclusivity and freedom. 7 Questions to Help...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: The Cure for Celebrity Christian Culture: Faithfulness over Fame It’s a huge mistake to believe what people think about you. That’s why we have to set aside people’s opinions of us. We have to know who we are—and who we aren’t—in God’s eyes. 4 Keys to a Heart-Level Discipleship Here are four ways to take your personal discipleship deeper, beyond the mind to the level of the heart. Three Places God’s Feet Touched the Ground Here are three ...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Evangelicals Becoming Catholics Most, not all, evangelicals shy away from overly ritualistic or liturgical worship, yet in so doing we turn our services into performances and our time of singing into the latest play list of what’s new. We have lost a sense of history and heritage and have replaced the depth and breadth of historic Christianity with the surface effects of pop culture. Messy Church These are just four things that might, on the fa...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: 3 Reorienting Truths for the Discouraged Pastor Here are a few truths that can renew your perspective and give you hope as you keep your hand to the plow. Pastor, Your Church Needs You to Take a Vacation Everyone needs rest. Taking a sabbath is important. Taking a vacation is important. Love What’s Near The love that goes farthest starts with loving what is nearest. When Looking for a Church, Beware the “Right Fit” Let’s join and se...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Cool Christianity Is (Still) a Bad Idea Better than the awkward desperation of “cool Christianity” is the quiet confidence of faithful Christianity. What Could Be Wrong with ‘Church Planting’? I’m not surprised that a relatively new missions strategy called the Church Planting Movement (CPM) has captured the imaginations of missions-minded people around the world. How Hamilton Can Help Us Preach Better Sermons Is there a way to make what ...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Overcoming Disagreement For God’s Glory Christ is glorified when we value him, his cause, and his people more than we value our own plans. The Blessing of Criticism I can think of at least five ways in which criticism is a blessing. The Blessing of Plural Eldership Here are a number of reasons a good eldership is a blessing. But I’ve Never Been Discipled! Whether or not you’ve experienced an ideal mentoring relationship, ask yoursel...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory There is nothing in the world like biblical justice! How to More Wisely Consume News Christians need more discretion than ever before in our “knowledge diets.” 4 Types of Leaders and Leadership that Thinks Big and Acts Small May we act small and think big at the same time. Should Churches in California Defy Government Restrictions? A Response to John MacArthur Christians can...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: What Has COVID-19 Revealed About the North American Church? How will people look back on this period of church history where 1 in 3 Christians choose not to make time to listen to an online worship service from the comfort of their own sofa? Covid, Christians, & the Civil Magistrate Two questions that I’ve seen more than once in recent weeks concern face masks and congregational singing. Should I obey or disobey if the local or state government...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: 5 Reasons to Pray Your Church Would Grow Slowly As you think about your ministry, I’d encourage you to pray for slow growth. Your Seat in Church Is a Seat in Heaven If you belong to Christ, your seat in church is not just a seat in church. It’s a seat in heaven. Pray to See the Church as God Does Though unafraid to exhort and even rebuke fellow Christians, the apostles labored to see (and to help us see) the church as she is in God’s sigh...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Are Social Justice, Critical Theory, and Christianity Compatible? We’re just now beginning to see the cascading complications that the cascading acceptance of Critical Theory will have on the life and health of the church…If you’re an elder or a leader or a pastor, you are called to shepherd the flock. That means you need to explicitly repudiate these ideas. Is the Sabbath Command Still Relevant? How can I better love God and love my neighbor?T...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: 15 Minutes a Day to Change Your Life I want to encourage you to spend 15 minutes, give or take, on something that when done humbly in light of the Gospel will change your life for the good. 4 Reasons Pastors Ought to Be Gentle In this short article, I’d like to ask pastors to consider cultivating gentleness in their leadership. Let me give you four reasons why, and then propose a road to get there. One Simple Way to Encourage Your Pastor ...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Thank You, Pastors When the light wanes tonight over Toronto and people clang their thanks to essential workers: pastors, I’ll be thanking God for you. The Coming Pastoral Crash I don’t want to be a prophet of doom, but as a minister in touch with many ministers, I see a coming pastoral crash. And I’m not sure we can stop it. (I hope he’s wrong.) Fingerprints I confess that I always harbored the hope that one day, if we remained faithf...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Blowing Up the 3 B’s What are the metrics for a church’s success? For decades now, pastors have joked about the three B’s: bodies, buildings, and budgets.But what if the three B’s were never a great metric for understanding the health of a local church? Questions for Church Planters About Reopening Here are a few questions to ask before you reopen your church plants. What Theological Hills Should We Be Willing to Die On? How do we disting...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Ministry Is Never Just a Job Some years ago, a young pastor kindly asked me for advice as he was launching into ministry. I proposed to him three commitments that will not fail to give any pastor strength for the journey. The De-conversion of Saruman: Five Lessons to Learn Perhaps one of the most remarkable (and often overlooked) examples of apostasy is Saruman in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. We can learn a lot about the way de-conversions work...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Strategies for Winter: Redemptive Leadership in Survival Times For leaders of organizations in any of these categories, your focus now should be to survive the winter by building for the ice age. Lessons From Monastic Life For Quarantine Cloistered life is blessed when it’s regulated. We need a rhythm and structure to our day. The Pressure on Pastors During Covid-19 Pastors are dealing with a lot of pressure right now, and many of the pre...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: A Prayer Guide for Pastors Since these traits are so crucial, it seems good and right for the pastor to pray diligently about each of them. To that end, I’ve prepared a prayer guide for pastors that suggests some ways a pastor can pray that he would exemplify these traits. Will the Church’s Digital Wave Continue after the Coronavirus? In this season of isolation, let’s not forget that we long for gathering, for in-person contact, because we wer...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Why Missing Church Should Feel Like Missing Family Maybe in this season of quarantine we should ask if missing our church feels like missing family. If it does, how can we further develop that culture of siblings? If it doesn’t, how might we change things once we emerge from these days of isolation? Do We Really Want to Go Back to Normal? Let’s not go back to normal. Let’s come away from this challenge with a new vision of what normal could be....
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Curated links for your weekend reading: How the World Worshipped on One of the Most Unusual Sundays in Church History The following galleries show how the world worshipped at home on one of the most unusual Sundays in all of church history. Pastor, You Were Made for This There is no hand-wringing in heaven. He chose you to lead your church at this time. So walk humbly. And take courage. You were made for this. To Stream, or Not to Stream: Considering Sundays in Seclusion The qu...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: The Dis-Embodiment of Community The rise of technology, social media, and individualism has also brought about another reality: the concept of participating in community by online means.It’s a wonderful gift for a time such as this. And I hate it. How to Preach to an Empty Room Here are some thoughts that I’m keeping in mind as I preach for video. I hope they’ll be of help to other preachers. How to Get Through This Stronger Than Ever Whe...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Leading as If You’re Already Gone I remember someone telling me when I was a young leader. “You won’t really know the impact you’ve made on a group of people or a ministry you lead until at least 5 years after you’re gone.” Brothers, Preach Your Heart Out — No Matter How Few People Are in the Room To the glory of God, study and pray and preach with all your strength—no matter how many people are in the room. The Folly of ‘Looking for Communi...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Building a Culture of Evangelism Takes Time, So Be Patient and Get to Work Every church ought to cultivate a robust “culture of evangelism.” Programs are events. A culture is a way of life. Programs come and go. A culture endures. Two Sets of Search Criteria Here are two descriptions of the ideal candidate for the office of Pastor. The first is taken from a large and well-known church in the West; the second is taken from Gregory the Great’s Bo...
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What Lent Is Really about—and How We Miss the Point

By Steven Wedgeworth O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Psalm 51:15–17) The Church season known as Lent is here again.  Many Christians who did not grow up practicing the liturgical calendar are now becoming very interested in it. Some are madly in love w...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Subversive Habits and Your Primary Story We do well to consider what regular practices will best help us resist conformity with the world, keep the Scriptural Story at the forefront, and chip away at the lesser stories that would capture our imaginations. Pole Dancing Whenever I see pole dancing in movies and when I saw yours in the clips that I watched of your performance, I am always taken back to a young lady I once had the privilege of meet...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Identifying Your Primary Story: 6 Diagnostic Questions Trevin is doing a great job with this series of posts. Here are a few questions intended to help you see if a story other than the Scriptural one has grown dominant in your imagination. Eight Tips for Veteran Preachers I find myself at a different stage of life and ministry, with a different set of concerns and observations than when I was a beginner preacher. Today, as a more veteran pr...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Planting Churches with a Lasting Gospel Legacy Here are four suggestions for planting churches with a lasting gospel legacy. Should Missionaries Expect Rapid Growth? Strategies promoting rapid growth are sometimes built on faulty assumptions that create unhealthy expectations. The Problem of Having No Defined Membership I want to look at the problems that ensue if we don’t have meaningful membership. The Affectionate Pastor If there...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Seize the Morning What we do each morning in the first fifteen to thirty minutes of our day is doubly revealing: it reveals both where our treasures really lie, as well as the trajectory of desires and decisions that will direct the day and, over time, our life. How to Prioritize Reading You don’t need to be a professional book reviewer to read a lot of books. And you don’t need to be brilliant either. But you do need to be purposeful and consi...
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Curated links for your weekend reading: Don’t Measure Small-Town Ministry Simply by Its Size At the heart of every successful ministry, in communities of every conceivable size, is love: love for Christ and for the places where he has called us. The Importance of Ecclesiology in Church Planting Church planter, study the church. Your ecclesiology matters greatly for your church. Read the Bible with TGC in 2020 The Gospel Coalition is partnering with Crossway to launch an initiat...
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