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Weekly Scoop 4/4

Friday means it is time for the weekly scoop. Here are a few links you should check out today or this weekend:

For parents of children and youth, this article is a good read: Why I would Never force my kids to go to church.

This is a great article posted on the CNN Religion Blog by Dan Darling: Millenials and the false gospel of nice.

It is so easy for us to take verses in the Bible out of context for the purpose of encouragement or offering hope and for many other reasons. But, as this blog points out, it is not a good thing: 5 Verses we need to stop misusing.

Ed Choy presents a great post on what Romans 7 is really saying: Why the struggle of Romans 7 should not be applied to Christian experience.

Tim Challies on Christian Celebrity and the Conference Culture.

A well written article by Trevin Wax on the controversy stirred up by World Vision over the past couple weeks: The Fault Lines before the Evangelical Earthquake.

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus has been covering conflicts from Bosnia to Afghanistan for more than 20 years, earning a Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Here are 40 amazing shots: Afghanistan: Seen through the lens of Anja Niedringhaus.

Lastly, here is a TED talk from 2012 that is making it’s rounds again on the internet. If you are not aware that human slavery still exists today, you need to watch this. Even if you are aware, you should watch it and let it move you to see what you can do: Photos that bear witness to modern day slavery.

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Weekly Scoop 3/28

Friday means time for the Weekly Scoop. Here are a few links for some great reading over the weekend.

It has been almost 13 years since the twin towers fell. Here is the story of One World Trade Center: http://time.com/world-trade-center/

Here is a great video on being raised without all the “stuff” that this generation has: Were you born in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s?

As the father to a little girl, so many of these hit home: Things little girls wish their daddies knew.

Want to start journaling? Here are a few reasons you should as well as how to start: Journaling 101.

I do not always read Matt Walsh’s blog, but when I do, I am typically not disappointed. Here is a response to a feminist.

Did science just make a discovery that points to God? It appears that way. But even if science discovered something that claimed there was no God, would it affect your faith? Does this big bang breakthrough give evidence for God?

One of the most important questions in the world is “Who is Jesus” because how you answer the question determines everything about your life. Here, Bono gives his answer to the question.

For pastors, church leaders, volunteers and even regular church attenders, here is a great link on how to make visitors feel welcome. 7 ways to connect with visitors.

Lastly, this video by David Platt is challenging because it comes around the question of what if we truly were as enthusiastic about Jesus as we were about some of the other things in our lives? This parable hits home.

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It’s Friday which means it’s time for the Weekly Scoop. Here are a few links I came across throughout the week that I believe would be worth your time. You will find links that challenge you to think, encourage you, open your eyes to something new and even cause you to laugh. Here they are:

First, Donald Miller, on his Storyline Blog this past week posted a couple articles explaining why he does not regularly attend church. I share a link to them here because we as Christians need to be prepared to have conversations like these: I connect with God elsewhere and Why I don’t go to church often.

As you can imagine, the previous two posts caused quite a stir, but one of the best responses was written by Mike Cosper: Donald Miller and the Culture of Contemporary Worship.

Here is a post for married couples: Mark Driscoll posted a great blog over at Resurgence on 1 Thing We would have changed in our marriage.

Here is an interesting post on the topic of men and child support related to women and abortion: Child Support.

This past week, Bill Nye and Ken Ham held a debate in Kentucky that was live streamed on CNN. I did not watch it but I followed along with it somewhat on Twitter. I read this blog the next day: The Ham-Nye creation debate: a huge missed opportunity.

Michael Hyatt posts a podcast on how to become a better conversationalist. I love the stuff Michael puts out and if you do not follow him, I highly recommend you do: Becoming a better conversationalist.

One for pastors, here is another great post by Justin Lathrop: 5 ways to avoid stress as a pastor.

Lastly, if you have never seen a Hoops and Yoyo card, you are missing out. Here is one for this Friday: It’s I Don’t Care Friday.

 

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Not only is today the day I post my Weekly Scoop, but today I am actually heading to the hospital for gallbladder surgery. Yes, today will be the day I part with something that has been with me for over 32 years. However, even though it has been with me for so long, I do not believe I am going to miss it, or the pain it has given me in recent days. With that said, I am going to get this post posted so I can get ready to head to the hospital.

This is a great article on the impact missionaries have had in numerous locations around the world: The Impact world missionaries have made.

A big event coming up is the big game on Sunday, but along with that comes another issue, that of human trafficking. Ed Stetzer addresses a misconception that comes with it: The Super Bowl and Sex Trafficking.

Here is a great post on the issues facing a husband and wife after baby. This is a great read for both men and women: Before you were mommy.

A song that is pretty popular these days is “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Jackie Hill responds to the message the song preaches: Former lesbian responds to Same Love.

This video presents the gospel in a different but effective way: Video Preaches the gospel in breathtaking way.

Did you watch the Grammys? Wonder how Christians should respond or what we can take away from it? Here are a couple perspectives: Worldview responses to the Grammys.

Has your church moved away from an evening service? Here is a great perspective on why not to: Why I love the evening service.

As a youth pastor, I am constantly finding articles on how to reach the next generation. Here is another great article for parents, youth workers, and ministers alike: How to rescue the next generation.

Churches should be known for being gospel cultures. But how can churches make sure they stay this way? Ray Ortlund addresses this question: Safeguarding your church as a gospel culture.

Justin Lathrop has a great article regarding how churches can stay on mission as well. Not only is it good for churches, it is also good for individuals: How to stay on mission.

Lastly, this is an interesting article on the question of whether or not authenticity has trumped holiness in churches: Has authenticity trumped holiness?

That is all for today. If you enjoy reading these links, feel free to share this through any of your social media outlets. Lastly, if there is anything you believe I should share next week in my weekly scoop, share it with me on twitter or leave it in the comments below.


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In a little over a month my wife, daughter and I will be moving to a home we will be renting in Clifton Forge, VA. We are excited about this new chapter and are looking forward to what God teaches us through this endeavor. Along with that, here are some links you can be excited about:

Here is a great video on the effect pornography has on culture. It is not innocent as people try to make it out to be and men need to step up: Porn and Global Injustice.

A great video on the objectification of women and how to fight it: The Sexy Lie.

Abortion does not only affect women: Rappers heartbreaking video regretting abortion.

Abortion also clearly affects women: 8 Facts on how abortion hurts women.

I had never heard of Chris before this video, you may not have either, but his story will inspire you: The Chris Coleman Story.

Here is a little encouragement for husbands: Married and Dating.

Do you spend too much time on Social media? Here is a great post from my friend Debra Fileta: 11 Signs you need a break from social media.

Will the evangelical church accept, embrace and support people who live in a homosexual lifestyle? Will the evangelical church embrace gay couples?

And lastly, for a little fun, here are some pretty amazing videos for your enjoyment: 15 Amazing Go Pro Videos.

Thank you for checking out the weekly scoop this week. Feel free to share this with others and if you have any links you believe I should share next week, mention them in the comment section. Enjoy.


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It’s Friday and here is the first Weekly Scoop of 2014. I have taken a couple weeks off from the Scoop but am happy to get it going again. I am excited about what this New Year and look forward to what God is going to do. This Weekly Scoop is more for people in the ministry but regardless I believe they would be worth anyone’s time. Without further ado, here are a few links you should check out:

Last year I came across Justin Lathrop through Twitter and I am glad I did. His posts are great and I would highly recommend you look him up. Here are two posts of his you should look into: Becoming a Great Leader and Becoming a Better Storyteller.

Tony Morgan is another individual I recently came across who commonly posts very insightful articles for anyone to read. The articles I am linking to today would be great for anyone in ministry to take the time to read: Mistakes Teaching Pastors should Avoid and Things People want to know before they will give to your church.

Scott Williams is yet one more person you should look into. He served for a couple years as a Campus Pastor for LifeChurch.tv’s Northwest Oklahoma City Campus. He currently serves as Chief Solutions Officer for Nxt Level Solutions. He has a heart for Jesus and helping people use their God given abilities. Here are two posts of his for you to check out: 14 Things God Says About You and How To Effectively Manage your Time in 2014.

If you have ever wanted to see 50 of the most extraordinary churches in the world, then you have come to the right place. Click on the link to see some strange, unique, beautiful as well as some downright weird church architecture: 50 Most Extraordinary Churches in the World.

Lastly, here is a link to some free curriculum from Brad Hambrick. If you are looking for some curriculum for your church, this is worth your time: 7 Free Video Curriculum from 2013.

Thank you for taking the time to check out this Weekly Scoop. If you like what you see here, feel free to share with friends or on Twitter or Facebook. You can also subscribe to this blog and have every post sent straight to your email. Thanks again for your time. If you feel there is something I missed that is worth sharing, let me know in the comments. God bless.


A Thought about Life and the Weekly Scoop

Life can get extremely crazy. Just when you think it might settle down a little bit and allow you to get your head above water, another wave hits you and leaves you struggling even more. Life many times seems like a never ending struggle against life. As you get older, life does not easier. We wish it did but unfortunately it does not. However, even in times like this, God manages to make known to us He is in control and when we do come to Him and strive to rest in Him as He calls us to do, life can begin to make sense. We have a hope that this life is not all there is. We have hope that in the end, when see Jesus, all this life hit us with will pale in comparison to that moment. May we be guilty of one thing while on this earth: Longing for the day when Christ returns. I am not speaking of being so heavenly minded we are of no earthly good. I am writing about the longing that motivates us to be at work, that pushes us away from laziness. While Jesus was on this planet, He was always about His father’s business. He challenged His followers to do the same. As we come to this longing, it pushes us, it prods us, it motivates us to be about our heavenly Father’s business because we realize there is no greater business for us to be about. Even in the busyness of life, God provides ways for us to be about His business in a way that glorifies Him. May God open our eyes to these ways to the end that we cry “Not to us oh Lord, not to us but to YOUR NAME be the glory.”

I pray this in some way encourages or challenges you. I did not plan on writing that but as I sat down to post my weekly scoop, it just came to me. Feel free to share any thoughts you might have.

Now, here are the links for my weekly scoop.

This post is from a guy only truly known to the world as “The Unappreciated Pastor.” He has almost 23k followers on Twitter and only he knows who he is. Here is a blog he wrote for the Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-unappreciated-pastor/hello-my-name-is-church_b_4124322.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Ever since my wife heard about Ann Voskamp and read her book, Ann’s blog has never disappointed my wife. Almost daily my wife shares with me something Ann shared on her blog that spoke to her and encouraged her. If you have not yet checked it out, you should do so. I will make it easy for you to do so: http://www.aholyexperience.com/

In this post on Thom Rainer’s blog, Chuck Lawless shares about his dad and leadership: http://thomrainer.com/2013/10/22/being-a-memorable-leader/

This week on Trevin Wax’s blog with the Gospel Coalition, Matt Rogers, teaching pastor at The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, SC shares a way of reading the Bible they developed to help their people read and understand the Bible. It is worth checking out: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2013/10/22/7-arrows-for-bible-reading/

This post might open a can of worms but if you haven’t been exposed to the idea of women serving in all levels of church leadership, here is a post from Eugene Cho, a pastor at Quest Church in Seattle, WA on the topic. I feel Eugene covers this topic with grace and tact. Check it out: http://eugenecho.com/2011/03/08/supporting-women-in-ministry/

A post from Desiring God about helping retrieve your mind from the gutter after pornography has taken it captive. This would be worth men and women checking out: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/hijacking-back-your-brain-from-porn

And finally, remember the story about the women who sued McDonald’s after spilling a cup of coffee on herself? Well, there is more to the story: http://www.upworthy.com/ever-hear-about-the-lady-that-spilled-coffee-on-herself-at-mcdonalds-then-sued-for-millions?g=2&c=ufb1

 

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Weekly Scoop 10/19

The government is back in business, the baseball playoffs are getting closer to the World Series and the NBA season will be starting soon. Liberty University’s homecoming was today and a big college football game is about to happen this evening between Clemson and Florida State; Death Valley will be quite alive tonight. With that said, I am going to go ahead with this week’s Weekly Scoop. The following links are ones I believe will be worth your time to check out:

Simply stated, this guy’s story is one that you should check out. This is a true example of how the church should be: http://blog.vyrso.com/2013/10/14/chasing-god-one-mans-journey-into-americas-slums/.

Ann Voskamp shares a letter one of her friend’s wrote on her blog. I decided I would share it as well. It is a letter to the church from Anita Renfroe. This is my prayer for the church as well: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2013/10/dear-church-why-its-okay-to-really-need-each-other/.

Another great story I saw making its way around social media this week was this story about a 15 year old orphan not just attending a church, but standing up during the service to ask if anyone wanted to adopt him: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2463498/Orphan-Davion-Only-goes-church-asks-adopt-him.html.

Phil Cooke shares a story ESPN put out that shares a pro-life perspective. Not many channels are willing to put something like this on TV, especially a sports channel. I applaud ESPN for sharing this story and I pray more like them make the news: http://philcooke.com/espns-unexpected-pro-life-video/.

If you like posts that cause you to be amazed at how beautiful this planet is and how awesome God is, check out this link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/10368294/Surreal-landscapes-around-the-world.html.

Last, I want to share an article by Ed Stetzer on discipleship. There is a movement happening in the church centered on discipleship. This is a great movement and important simply because the church is to be making disciples. Check out what ed Stetzer has to say about it: http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2013/august/better-discipleship.html.

Thanks again for joining me for this week’s weekly scoop. If you see something that you feel is worthy of sharing, please contact me and let me know so I could include it in the future.


Weekly Scoop 10/11

It’s time for my weekly scoop. Since it is Friday, I am going to keep it short and to the point. Take a few minutes and check out the following links. I believe they will be worth your time.

First, this link would be good for any married couple to take a couple minutes to read and discuss. It will only serve to deepen your relationship: http://www.beforethecross.com/encouragements/5-questions-ask-spouse-every-week/.

Scotty Smith shares a prayer he wrote for those of you needing to renew your heart with the grace of God: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/scottysmith/2013/10/10/a-prayer-for-grace-strengthened-hearts-2/.

Struggling to understand how to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength? Check out this post at Desiring God’s blog: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/love-god-with-your-everything.

Tim Challies shares why he is a six-day creationist. Are you? Might be worth your time reading and reflecting on this topic as well: http://www.challies.com/articles/why-i-am-a-six-day-creationist#.UlgS8lCsim5

This is an interesting way to combat a recent Atheist attack on belief in God. Not sure if I believe this to be the best way to go about it but the article posts some interesting comments: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/09/creationists-battle-atheists-in-latest-billboard-war/.

If we do not proselytize, or evangelize, do we sincerely believe Jesus is the only way to God? Regardless, check out this post: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2013/10/10/christians-shouldnt-proselytize/.

Finally, for some humor. Tim Hawkins is a funny man. I love his creativity and mind as well as his clean humor: http://www.uptv.com/blog/tim-hawkins-101-cuss-words-christians-can-say.

Well, thanks for taking the time to read this post. Check back again next week for the next weekly scoop. Comments are welcome. Feel free to share any links or stories you feel would be worth me including next week.


Weekly Scoop 10/4

The Government has temporarily shutdown. The very well known Catalyst Conference is happening in Atlanta right now; maybe that is why the government has shut down, they are all in Atlanta to learn how to be better leaders. One can hope. Major League Baseball playoffs are here. The NHL season has just begun and the NBA season is right around the corner. There are a number of things that have begun since my last weekly scoop. And here is the next edition of “Weekly Scoop” with more links that you should check out.

The first one is kind of sad. BBC reports that adolescence has been extended so as to keep young people from developing an inferiority complex. I am not joking. Read for yourself: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2430573/An-adult-18-Not-Adolescence-ends-25-prevent-young-people-getting-inferiority-complex.html.

Next, this is an article that is a little surprising. The pope has made some very vague statements recently. Here are some quotes published in the Washington Post’s On Faith site. Read some of the comments at the bottom if you feel so inclined. Our faith is under attack: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/wp/2013/10/01/key-quotes-from-pope-francis-interview-with-atheist-journalist-stop-vatican-centric-thinking/.

The next two links are hard for me to post but since I became aware of them, I believe they are something the church needs to be able to respond to. I am not saying either of these writers is 100% correct in their response but I firmly believe the Bible is where we need to go for the answers.

First link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/wp/2013/08/15/conservative-christianity-and-the-transgender-question/?wprss=rss_on-faith&clsrd

Second link: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2013/08/19/transgender-issues-more-complicated-than-some-christians-portray/

Are we here in America really remaining silent? I know of many churches who will often mention the fact that our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are being killed for their faith. But, it still warrants mentioning here because here in America, we try to make it easy to be a disciple of Christ, whereas the early church preached it as it was: hard. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/27/a-global-slaughter-of-christians-but-america-s-churches-stay-silent.html

Lastly is a heart warming story of Ryan Leak and how he made it possible for him to propose to his wife AND get married on the SAME DAY! Not many men would want to go about the trouble of planning a wedding but that is what men should be willing to do, go above and beyond for their bride. Too often we make excuses such as “I’m not the romantic type” or “Men aren’t wired that way.” Men are wired to lead and to go above and beyond to show how much we love our wives because that is the example Christ gave us. Check out Ryan’s story and let it encourage you to go above and beyond in your relationship with your bride:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqgRaZIRHRI

 

Thanks again for checking out my weekly scoop. Feel free to comment and share any links to stories that might be worth sharing. Thanks for your time.