- Considering dropping the Monday Morning Quick Hits. I enjoy doing them and passing them along, but sometimes they are several days old and in our hyper society that can be ancient. Plus most of these links are tweeted by me, so it feels a bit redundant. If you enjoy this weekly post or just follow the links on Twitter could you let me know in the comments?
- Skye Jethani examines calling and why we are losing young people. Great article very worth your time.
- As does Donald Miller.
- Todd and Matt discuss having hard conversations. I think Rookie Pastors struggle the most with this crucial skill.
- Daniel Tosh overcomes social anxiety and shyness by creating a “mask”. Probably not the healthiest, but interesting.
- Didn’t watch the slam dunk contest but did enjoy the 45 second highlight piece of the 2 hour show.
- A new way to figure out what to read next.
- Still enjoying Mailbox and curious if they come out with a desktop app, but it is still easy to become a procrastinating slave to email. Addresses symptoms not problems.
- My awesome wife was part of a band led by my friend Cameron that opened for Charlie Hall last night. His new album The Death of Death is pretty dense theologically (I mean that in the positive) and I enjoyed eavesdropping on a really genuine conversation between the two bands. Great album.
- A look inside IDEO. All comes back to observation.
- Adam Mchugh, who wrote Introverts in the Church, isn’t going to be a pastor anymore.
- A couple of critiques of Tim Keller’s Center Church.
- Recap from the Platform Conference.
- Tweet seats in church?
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- Thoughts on Valentine’s Day from a single pastor.
- Lies holding the creative in you back.
- What pastors won’t hear in heaven.
- The stupid reasons you don’t delegate.
- Some best practices when speaking to teenagers. Brilliant stuff here.
I’ve interacted with two distinct worlds that are supposed to be complimentary but often aren’t. The local church and the academy/seminary/school of theology don’t always partner like they should. Which is why it is encouraging to come across someone like Titus Benton who resides in both and produces an important resource for both.
Titus recently published A Conversational Commentary that is an honest and insightful look at Scripture from someone trying to live it out in his own life and in ministry. I love the sub-title: “Insights, Reflections, Questions, and Tweetable Verses from One Guy’s Reading of the Bible.” Titus agreed to answer a few questions as a way to introduce himself and the book.
There are more commentaries than vampire novels, so why write one?
Well, for one thing, vampire novels are evil and commentaries are good, so I was just trying to pad our lead to make sure they never caught up.
Secondly, I didn’t really write a commentary on purpose. This all started out as something I was doing on my own–reading through the Bible, thinking honestly about what I read, and writing it down. As I shared some of my thoughts with my buddies, it got some good back and forth going. I started thinking that it might be helpful to a wider audience, so I decided to edit all of it and see how it would do in book form. I was pretty sure my mom would buy one, but wasn’t sure if anyone else would care. But so far it’s reached a far wider audience than I ever would’ve thought, and feedback has been mostly positive.
Except for my daughter. She said, “No offense, dad, but it’s kinda boring.” But she’s seven, so what does she know?
You can catch up on the first week here.
No real news this week, at least nothing of note concerning what is next. Activity, definitely, but not a lot of firm details.
Heidy had a conference this weekend so much of my weekend was tied up wrangling our 6 month old. Not a bad gig. Now on to the run down:
Three Meetings: Some involved more travel than last week as we got to check out some specific areas and meet with some folks. Last night my buddy Zach and I headed up to Anderson University to hear David Kinnaman speak. He covered much of the material he shared in You Lost Me and unChristian. However I left not only really impressed with Kinnaman’s humility and ability to connect with a diverse crowd, but also thinking through a couple of things.
- How do we make church more interactive without being cheesy
- I have to become at least competent in video
Zero Books: Have started too many and getting lost in the process. Trying to finish up some Keller, Godin, and McLaren all at the same time.
Twelve miles: Still trudging along towards the Mini and all 13.3 miles. Like to watch or listen to something while I run. So far I’ve watched all of The Wire and season one of Breaking Bad.
Eight posts. Not as many as last week but still ahead of the game and getting ahead a little bit. It has been nice to devote some more attention to this over the last couple of weeks.
One Good Bye Party: Got together with the staff, elders and their families of Genesis Church on Sunday night. Incredible people that I feel so privileged to have served with and under.
Definitely sensing some anxiety in me as I think about what’s next for us. Am happy to know that in the next week I can really dive into sermon preparation.
Thanks for coming along.
Think the working title was Velvet Elvis 2.0?
As you can see in the video this isn’t a trailer like Love Wins, no this is about the process. Almost a tortured artist sort of feel to it. Just watching parts of the video you could surmise this is about the creative process, which maybe it is.
Now maybe this tone was different because of the hostile reaction to the Love Wins trailer or maybe they don’t think book trailers are all that effective; either way it is almost apologetic in tone. Love Wins was more assertive, this video is more humble.
Maybe I’m reading too much into this.
Regardless I assume there are other posts out there parsing every word and labeling Bell’s latest book as a piece of heretical trash or as the next (to borrow a Bell line) “this changes everything” book.
It is probably somewhere in the middle and you should definitely read it before passing judgment.
Also if you want some more background on the fallout after Love Wins I’d recommend Rob Bell and a New American Christianity.(Amazon links)
Mailbox is the latest and greatest iPhone app. Except you can’t get it today.
Inbox zero is like the Bigfoot or a successful Lock In. Lots of people talk about it, but rarely do we personally experience it.
Mailbox is an email app trying to help you regain some control, and is getting great reviews, from those who have actually gotten in.
It is being rolled out slowly to ensure service (and to build buzz) so you have to “wait in line” to download the app. That’s a screenshot from my phone yesterday. And yes I frequently check my progress.
Here are three things I think we can learn from Mailbox:
How many people show up to your church out of obligation? Depending on where you are, how long the church has been around, and plenty of other factors the number could be pretty high.
I’ve talked about Cultural Christianity and going through the motions as a leader/pastor because the temptation to mail it in is so strong.
When the experiences we lead, create and participate in never really vary they become wall paper. That’s not a statement against tradition or rhythms that is a statement on using these traditions or rhythms as an excuse for laziness and fear.
It doesn’t have to be gimmicky, but what if people showed up with some curiosity?
- If you are going to resign always do it in Latin.
- And my favorite tweet from the Papal resignation goes to Bryan Allain.
- I didn’t watch the Grammy’s but according to Twitter it was quite the event. Twitter for live national events like the Grammy’s or the Super Bowl is something to be experienced.
- Speaking of the Grammy’s, 12 years to become an “overnight success”
- So one of the Newtown pastors apologized for participating in the interfaith service that Obama spoke at. Don’t know but sounds like a young pastor got pressured by denominational headquarters.
- It sounds great on paper but sometimes when you get up to speak you struggle.
- Passionate or Passive, which one are you?
- Donald Miller on worry.
- R.A. Dickey is fighting sex trafficking.
- The bookshelf we all need in our lives.
- A Phelps leaves Westboro Baptist. You have to read about her moment of realization.
- How the CEO of Evernote works.
- The essentials of church communication.
- One of the most important things you can do as a pastor is know who you are.
- Looking back on ten years of church consulting.
- How Michael Hyatt works.
Stunning story coming out of the Vatican this morning as the Pope announced he is stepping down at the end of the month citing age and health concerns.
This is the first time a Pope has resigned since the 15th century.
As a Protestant I don’t fully appreciate this news and the implications, but as a fellow Christian I understand at least a bit of the importance.
Will be interesting to see if the next Pope will be someone from the Global South or at least someone outside of Europe.
Love the way he announced the resignation though. With a quick statement in Latin at the end of standard address to available Cardinals. And that some of the Cardinals didn’t even catch it as first.
Executives need to design structures that amplify, rather than encumber, remarkable talent.
No one intends to be a micro manager. And most of us who lead people take intentional steps to prevent against it.
Problem is that we can forget to lead in the process.
Don’t be afraid to put structure and some boundaries around those who are all-stars. That incredibly creative worship pastor, the youth pastor who is killing it, the volunteer who protects your time in the office, or the elder who leads at an incredibly high level; all of them need leadership.
They need reviews and goals. Frank conversations are needed. Mistakes must be named and corrected.
When you put that all star on an island one of three things will eventually happen:
They’ll feel unappreciated.
All stars want to be developed. Without this interest from you their leader makes them feel overlooked. If anyone is going to thrive on the self-improvement that comes with healthy critique and dialog it is them.
You’ll get surprised.
I hate it when someone comes to me upset or mad and I have no idea what they are talking about. You can’t protect your all-star nor can you tie things back to mission. You are out there flapping in the wind.
They’ll get bored.
Bored people look for other opportunities, particularly when they are high capacity individuals with obvious value. Good luck finding someone to replace them.