Rodney’s Readings 3-11-2016

Here are some things I came across during the past week that were either interesting, helpful, or just … there.

Enjoy my list. Don’t forget to comment


In Memory of Jerry Bridges: A Roundup of Articles and Quotes

Tyler Smith at Logos has done a great job of assembling some of the best of the tributes to Jerry Bridges who just passed away March 6, 2016.

Why You Should: Use Virtual Private Networks

Everyone who travels at all or works remotely (even from a coffee shop) should give the article a thorough reading.

How to Create an Evangelistic Culture in Your Church

Great short video with ideas for creating the culture we all want in our churches.

Top 10 Productivity Tools for Pastors

Several apps and ideas I already use. Good tips as well as few you may not have heard of before.

Walk alongside the elephants of the Samburu National Reserve in Street View

Our new friends and missionaries, the Simmons, are ministering the gospel to these people surrounded by these creatures.

Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal.

For the first time in forever, I have journaled almost daily since after Christmas 2015. This is a neat article focused on leadership and journaling.

Gary Smalley Has Died

Jim Daly remembers the author who helped so many of us with our relationships.

My Top 10 Takeaways from The Launch Conference

There are many conferences and seminars I would like to attend. I appreciate summaries like this one that give a good bit of what I would have learned (I know, not experienced)

This is How I Set Up Todoist and actually GTD

5 Ways Todoist Changed My Life

Two articles about Todoist, the task manager that I use daily and find to be very helpful.

and finally, just to show you that all the crazies are running for office.

Find “Inner Peace” and “Community” at… Nudist Church?

Don’t miss the name of the church … “White … Tail” <groan>

Some of the best news

As I have progressed in age and experience in life, my loves, tastes, and experiences have changed along with the calendar. For example, I used to think that peanut butter and tuna fish on toasted bread was quite the delicacy! (I now am fairly certain I was insane during that period of life.) Now a steak dinner with all the fixings is much more appetizing than anything that ends in “-wich.”

I used to enjoy staying up late and was even quite productive after 10 PM. My ability to work hard during the day and then work hard at night was a point of pride. Now, I am content with the fact that I must be at my best early for my commute and subsequent 1st hour classes and then productive in the afternoon. This, of course, requires me to go to be closer to 10 than 1 (or 2AM). My responsibilities have changed and as such my habits have had to change as well.

My Mom was a goodbye kisser. Only Heaven can tell how many times my brother and I went to grade school with lipstick somewhere on our faces unaware of our cosmetic condition. “I love you” was a blessing that was issued more times than I ever took the time to really appreciate. A kiss, a hug, and an “I love you” was the normal routine of life as a child and teenager (and adult.)

From that familial world, I launched into the world of dating or girls to be more specific. To be told “I luv You” was the penultimate achievement in my young mind. Conversely, to share that expression with a female was the ultimate in horror to my teen existence.

As I now look back over 40 years of life and family, 15 years of wedded bliss, and almost 12 years of parenthood, I am still amazed at the power of “I love you.” In reality, the best expression of this fact has never been from a family member, girl, woman, wife, or child, it is from the pages of Scripture as God Himself communicated, demonstrated, and illustrated His great love to us — to me.

Some of the best news I have ever been give is that God loves … me.

Top 10 Signs Your Sermon Isn’t Going Well

Top 10 Signs Your Sermon Isn’t Going Well

13. Your associate pastor is warming up in the bullpen.

12. The praise band begins playing you off the stage.

11. The congregation is filling in the blanks of your outline before you get there.

10. You think the lyrics to a bluegrass song are really connecting with your audience.

9. When you pause for dramatic effect, several people giggle.

8. Your cell phone starts ringing,  and you answer it.

7. The person signing for the deaf just pulled on mittens.

6. When the children are dismissed to junior church, most of their parents go, too.

5. Your sermon took shape over a glass of wine and volume three of Left Behind.

4. Your interpreter just rolled his eyes and put your last statement in quotation marks.

3. Desperate mothers are pinching their babies.

2. The ushers are handing out refunds.

1. You began your sermon with “Top 10 signs your sermon isn’t going well.”

From http://www.preaching.com newsletter

Laws to Live By

Laws to Live By

~ If you dance with a grizzly bear, you had better let him lead.

~ When putting cheese in a mousetrap, always leave room for the mouse.

~ Never get into fights with ugly people; they have nothing to lose.

~ When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.

~ Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.

~ Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

~ People are always available for work in the past tense.

~ In any organization, there is one person who knows what is going on. That person must be fired.

~ The first myth of management is that it exists.

~ For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
(from Pastor Tim’s “PearlyGate List”)