Tools of the Trade For the Week of July 6, 2020

July 6th!Already! Where has the year gone?

Here’s another selection of articles from the past week that you may find helpful personally, in your ministry, or as resources to share.

Have you ever heard a sermon from a passage taken out of context? Have you ever preached one? This writer warns of the dangerous consequences, and he’s right.

I live in Pennsylvania and this was written by a pastor in our state. I agree with his assessment of the current culture. I disagree (at least a little) with the extent of his pushback. I was challenged by what he said.

There was a man in my church years ago who was last one in, first one out. When I talked to him he indicated that he came for a “me and God” moment (my words). Here’s why that’s wrong.

If you’re in a college town, this article should be of help to you as you try to minister to the student population.

This is worth reading if you’ve had COVID cases in your church, if you’re concerned about reopening, or if you’ve reopened and the number of cases has gone up.

One Memorial Day, a man in our church called out, “Can we sing a patriotic song?” How would you respond? I believe Joe Carter nails how we should deal with the question of patriotism and our worship services.

Tim Chester writes about the need to be able to hear what the culture is saying.

If you have people in your church who are reluctant to wear a mask during this pandemic, here’s a challenge for them.

There’s been a good deal of virtual ink spilled on the subject of Christians and the coronavirus. However, here is a worthwhile read from Desiring God.

I’m always interested in articles relating to productivity and productivity systems. Here’s one from a secular source that may prove helpful.

The folks at Ligonier have a helpful article on welcoming new church members.

“What the Puritans Taught This Builder About Ministry.”

I appreciate Mark Dever of 9Marks and Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Here’s an article that talks about the commitments pastors should have.

This is real pastoral work. Are you doing it?

With a subtitle, “Good Pastors Know When to Pick a Fight But Prefer to Avoid Them,” how can you not read this one?

It’s hard, but so important.

Have a great week!

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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