Weekend Reading 3-20-2015

What Books I’m Reading

Culture Making by Andy Crouch

Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower

What Blog Posts I’m Reading now

Pastors keep a close watch on your life and illustrations by Jared Wilson – Love Jared’s candor and his desire for preaching to be both practical and trans-formative. If you preach to any age group check out this post.

Teaching kids about Prayer and Fasting by Dale Hudson – Great post on the practical ways you can help kids connect with God and be apart of a church wide time of prayer and fasting.

Mom’s Need Theology Too by Christina Fox – While books with practical tips are useful for some things, the hope they provide can be short-lived. In truth, it is in theology, in our study of who God is and what he has done, that gives us the real hope, real wisdom, and real peace that we need in our lives — the kind that lasts. It’s theology — knowing God — that anchors us in the chaos of motherhood.

God Doesn’t Need Your Help by Jared Wilson –  Love this quote – “I fear that thousands of younger persons enter Christian service from no higher motive than to help deliver God from the embarrassing situation His love has gotten Him into and His limited abilities seem unable to get Him out of.” Boom.

Freely: High Quality Free Christian Photos by Church Mag –  A new Source for free high quality photos need I say more.

Pablo: Create engaging social media images in 30 seconds or less by Church Mag – love this.

Weekend Reading 2-20-15

What books I am reading right now

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower

What blogs I am reading right now

Your Brain on Stories – Great post on the power of story and how it affects you. Thanks for the find @jonathancliff

If you develop tension in the story you will sustain attention.

If you sustain attention then it is more likely that the people
hearing the story will start to share the emotions of the main
characters in the story.
If people share the emotions of the main characters then they are

likely to mimic the feelings and behaviors of the characters when the
story is over.
Listening to a character story like this can cause oxytocin to be released.

And if oxytocin is released then it is more likely that people will

trust the situation and the storyteller and more likely that they will
take whatever action the storyteller asks them to take.

Grace and Race – Tim Keller nails it again such a great very short post on race.

“Thus Christians have a special test for racism. If racial differences are more important to you than differences in belief, you are acting as a racist.”

How To Raise An Adult@mattPerman tweeted out this book link – looks promising

In How to Raise an Adult, she draws on research, conversations
with educators and employers, and her own insights as a mother and
student dean to highlight the ways in which over-parenting harms
children and their stressed-out parents.

No, Tablets Aren’t Necessarily Rotting Kids’ Brains – Interesting take on the debate over screen time by the people at Lifehacker.

Weekend Reading 2-13-2015

What books I am reading right now

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Out Of The Silent Planet By C.S. Lewis

What blogs I am reading right now

No Grey Area – Kevin DeYoung Talks about he proper Christian response to the movie and book series 50 shades of grey. 

How to build a thriving Children’s Ministry in small town USA. I love Dale Hudson’s passion for the local church. This post is both practical and encouraging. Our founding pastor attends Dales church. They do an amazing job I am grateful for Dale’s voice and the influence of Christ Fellowship on the church in America.

The Enemy of creativity… – Seth Godin can do more in blog post that is more like a pregnant tweet than many people can do in an entire book. (Also I think he is the only person still blogging on the typepad platform.) Great very short post on creativity.

President Obama and the problem of religious Conviction – Great post by Trevin Wax on the problem religious conviction. Trevin explains that our certainty in the truth can and will be offensive to our present day culture. Loved his statement – “you don’t deal with violent expressions of faith by pretending that confidence is the problem and content doesn’t matter.”

37 Android Apps, Free Streaming Sticks, Build your Nas, and More Deals – In the next few weeks I am switching over to an android phone – check out these free Android apps I will be.

This Crazy Simpsons Theory Actually Makes A Lot Of Sense – Thought this was interesting for the cartoon loving conspiracy theorists out there.