Weekend Links

Weekend Links

Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: know that I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and stretch you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.

As usual, I found lots of great links this week that I wanted to share with you but that didn’t quite fit into a post. When you get a few minutes this weekend, check them out and be encouraged and challenged. Maybe even learn something. 🙂

Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.

Cathy Howie reminds us how easy it is for us to become modern Pharisees, even about good things:

Instead of unwashed, defiled hands, let’s talk about spiritual disciplines. Neither are wrong in and of themselves, in fact, both a really good practices– as long as the heart-motivation for doing them is pure.

Like the Pharisees’ hand-washing requirement, Bible reading, prayer, fasting, and worship can be items on a spiritual checklist, done for their own sakes; a self- (or church-) imposed requirement, a mature believer’s attainment.

Deb Potts shares an interesting analysis of how each personality type can love God with all of their minds:

Loving God with all of your mind is about loving God with your intellect, reasoning, organization, and discipline. Those who prefer to live in these gifts have a personality called the Melancholy Mind.

Each personality type (there are four: Sanguine Heart, Phlegmatic Soul, Melancholy Mind and Choleric Strength) has it’s own characteristics, expressed as gifts or strengths, garbage or weaknesses, and “greeds” or compelling emotional needs. Let’s take a look at the gifts, garbage and greeds of the Melancholy Mind and how they can help us to understand how to love God with all of our mind.

Jason Strauss explains one significant way that music is a lot like life:

The principle “less is more” reveals how important it is to do a few things well. It means living among other human beings without hogging all the attention. It means listening well to others and contributing to society in a significant way rather than just a noisy, clanging kind of way (I think 1 Corinthians 13:1 might have something to say about that). It means being patient to add your two cents at the right time. After all, if you live by this principle, you are humble enough to recognize that you only have two cents.

In music, it’s the same.

Andy Davison reflects on leading worship with an instrument (although personally I’ve never gone without):

Leading worship and a band with an instrument has some great strengths and can also present a few challenges. I’ve put together 6 of the things I’ve learned during my time leading from my guitar.

Peter Haas provides a helpful checklist that you can use to see if your church is overly hipster:

When close to 70% of your attendees are under 35 years old, it results in a lot of trendiness. Every once in a while, someone will ask me the question: “At what point is your church overly hipster?” (as if we are intentionally advocating for this). Yes, it does look as though our church just raided H & M; however, Jesus did not say, “Go into all the world, and make Buddy Holly glasses for all nations.” So, here are a few indicators that your church has become “Overly hipster.”

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