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.

Phil Bowdle explains why it’s time to stop doing church announcements:

I’m gonna go ahead and put this out there… I hate announcements.

The very mention of the word brings back memories of being stuck in a pew, listening to someone read from a bulletin for 15 minutes about everything on the church calendar that week.

Growing up in the church, I can’t remember a time where I’ve heard someone say, “Wow, those announcements were powerful today.”

That presents a challenge for us as the church.

I enjoyed reading Ellie Holcomb’s brief meditation on “How Great Thou Art”:

“How Great Thou Art” always has a way of undoing me. Something happens to me each time I sing this old hymn, whether singing along with hundreds of other voices or alone in my car. The atmosphere seems to shift, and I’m left wondering what it is specifically about this hymn that causes such a stir within me.

Pamela Haddix says that a more robust worship life is one reason (of many) to start journaling:

I mentioned this briefly in reason #3, but it’s definitely worth it’s own point. (And this is a worship blog, after all.) When I take the time to write out what God is showing me about Himself from His word, it lights a fire under my desire to worship Him. Besides that, making worship part of my regular journaling process helps take a humble responsibility and turn it into a passionate habit of my soul. I don’t always write out every single word of my worship time. I enjoy letting go of earthly ties as much as possible and surrendering to His presence. But it most often starts with what God has just revealed of Himself through His word – that’s made it’s way through the pen onto my page.

Tim Challies lists five simple ways to make worship a daily lifestyle by giving to God:

The heart of productivity is glorifying God by serving others. It is carefully and deliberately considering the things God calls us to do, and deploying all that we’ve got for his glory and the good of people made in his image. It is giving back to him what he has entrusted to each one of us

To that end, here are five things you can give to God every day.

Michael Kelley tells you why you should stay at your uncool church:

Now let’s be clear – I’m not talking about legitimate reasons to leave a church. Those are real. There are doctrinal issues that are worthy of dividing fellowship over. I’m not talking an issue of the integrity of the gospel; I’m talking about the nonsensical issues of preference that make us church shop whenever we feel a little restless. In this post, I’d like to argue for three reasons to do the very counter-cultural thing of actually staying in the church that’s simply not cool enough…

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