Tools of the Trade For the Week of July 20, 2020

Here are some links you will find helpful. Some to file, some to read and share. Enjoy!

Important! Important! David Murray had several posts recently on the subject of teen anxiety and depression. This is stuff to read, save, share. There are a lot of hurting kids out there.

Did you ever feel that your small group is not what you expected or what you’d like it to be? Brad House has a helpful post right here. And then head over to this article on small groups.

We have lots of questions about life after death. What was life after death like during the OT period. Matthew Emerson writes about Sheol: Exploring the Afterlife in the OT.

Vaneetha Rendall Risner, writing at Desiring God, shares some thoughts for people who have lost a child. You’ll encounter this very painful situation. This article will help you navigate it and say the right things.

Was Jesus without sin? CNN host Don Lemon recently commented that he was “not perfect.” While this response is from a conservative publication, it is an excellent theological defense of the sinlessness of Christ.

Jenny Whitaker speaks to an issue that all pastors can relate to – being concerned about pleasing people.

My friend Cynthia Epply has some thoughts on the cancel culture that is growing in our society. And they are worth reading.

Quina Aragon and Eugene Park speak to how to minister to “wounded and straying sheep in a pandemic.”

This article is one to read, reflect on how it relates to the climate you’re creating in your church, and then send to your congregation with a note that says, “I found this interesting. What do you think?”

John Folmar writes about “The Danger of Sending Unqualified Missionaries.”

I’ve written a couple of times about finding companions in ministry. This article, titled “Uncommon Brothers” reminds us why this is so important.

And that’ll do it for this week. Have a good one!

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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