Tools of the Trade for February 17, 2020

A Weekly List of Links and Resources for Pastors

I hope you had a good weekend. Here’s a selection of articles that you may find helpful in your ministry.

Let’s start with one you may especially need today. Jeff Robinson shares “2 Texts to Bolster a Pastor on Monday.”

Winston Smith writes “In Ministry, Joy and Sorry Don’t Cancel Each Other Out.”

Here’s a really provocative question: Micah Hayes asks, “Does Your Youth Group Look Like the Muslim’s Next Door?”

David Murray warns against “The Danger of Culture-Shaped Gospel Service.”

Jason Helopoulos writes about “The Extraordinary Ordinary Preacher.”

Here’s a good article for your literature table. You do have one, right? Christopher Ash write a helpful article titled “How to Pray the Psalms.”

This is one to clip and file for future counseling. Jennifer Greenberg tackles a difficult subject in her article “6 Prayers for Marital Intimacy After Sexual Trauma.”

Ministry can be tough on family life. Tim Counts suggests “Three Ways a Pastor and His Wife Can Stay in Love.”

Reagan Rose lists the “Best Books on Productivity for Christians.”

How do we make decisions about what’s important and what’s less important when it comes to doctrinal discussion? Jonathan Woodyard tells us how Calvin thought in “Not Everything is as Important as the Next Thing.”

Stephen Kneale discusses “The Advance of the New Legalism.” It’s not about going to the movies, playing cards, or dancing.

This is another very helpful article for your literature table. I think we often forget what Greg Morse writes in “Some Wounds Never Heal.”

Here’s an article directed at Church Planters, but it’s worth reading for all pastors. Mark Hallock shares “4 Primary Tasks for the Shepherd-Planter.”

This has nothing to do with ministry, at least in the direct sense. But if you use technology, and most pastors do, this is a helpful article on how you can help protect yourself against hacking.

Jim Elliff writes to people looking for a church, but this might be a helpful yardstick against which to measure your own church.

See you Wednesday! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Author: Peter Bogert

Married to Laura, with three adult children, 7 grandchildren. I’m an avid baseball fan, and I enjoy listening to audiobooks about military history, and reading Theology. I was ordained a Baptist pastor and served two churches over a 41 year period. After a three year hiatus I'm glad to be serving at Calvary Bible Fellowship Church in Coopersburg, PA. And I’m glad you stopped by!

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