Tools of the Trade For March 30, 2020

Here is this week’s list of recommended articles. I hope you find something helpful to your ministry and/or your people.

John Piper writes about his favorite image for understanding the Trinity.

You may already read Tim Challies, but if you missed it, his article “What Will the New Normal Look Like?” is well worth the read.

With so many churches streaming services, Peter Mead gives some helpful tips for preaching online.

Some of our people struggle with forgiveness. Dane Ortlund writes “Dare to Feel Forgiven.” This one is literature-table worthy.

The folks at Ligonier have been making some of their resources available for free during this pandemic. Here are some free study guides that can be downloaded.

Paul D. Miller provides some encouragement for churches staying closed. If you’re getting heat about making this choice, this will affirm your decision.

One very legitimate concern that churches have during this time relates to giving. Here’s a helpful article on encouraging online giving.

I take senior citizens – the most vulnerable group in the world – to doctor appointments. I’ve not encountered fear, but no doubt there are people for whom the pandemic is very frightening. Here’s help for you if you encounter fearful people in your church, regardless of the cause.

I don’t know if encouragement is a lost art, but we all can do better. Scott Sauls provides some, well, encouragement.

Ivan Mesa shares a list of free or discounted books that are available during this time.

Young pastors, keep this one in your file. A sabbatical – done right – is a very helpful thing.

Jonathan Leeman share some principles for working with teens in the local church.

I hope you have a great week! See you on Wednesday!

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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