Tools of the Trade For the Week of August 10, 2020

I’ve not had much original content in the last few weeks. There are a couple of reasons for that, but the most significant one is that I haven’t had many original thoughts. 😁

Here are a list of links to articles you’ll find helpful for your self and your people.

Lydia Brownback has a podcast on Crossway’s website on how to lead a Bible Study. Leading a Bible Study group is not always that easy. Suggested listening!

Dr. Phil Ryken has a podcast on How to Read (and Not Read) the Bible. Hey – if your people are still in semi-shutdown why not forward helpful articles or podcasts to them? It would be far better for them to read/listen to these kinds of things than spend time on social media.

The problem of pornography is something that Christians have addressed often, and I can’t imagine Christians quibbling over whether porn is appropriate. However, it’s not often that a secular source deals with the subject. This article from The Federalist, a conservative political magazine, is worth reading. I don’t recall any naughty words, so if you find one, I apologize in advance.

Here’s an hour-long podcast by Pastor Won Kwak on writing sermons. We should be regularly looking to improve our preaching and here’s a good resource.

Aaron Earls writes about a study of churches who are gathering again in this period of pandemic.

Burk Parsons encourages behaving ourselves when we talk with each other. Several other writers have addressed this theme, but it is an important reminder. Send this to your people. Or post a link to it on your social media account.

David Murray has written several times lately on the subject of depression and anxiety. Here’s an article on prayer during depression. Keep it and share it. And here’s another keeper on understanding teen anxiety and depression.

Have you ever been discouraged as a pastor? Even during good periods of ministry there are issues that discourage. Jim Eliff shares some counsel for discouraged pastors.

There’s a lot going on that makes people afraid. Jonathan Rourke writes about how we can best care for fearful church members.

Simple title: America Was Never Home. I need this reminder. Do you or your people?

It may be painful to ask ourselves if you are exploiting your church, but it’s important that we do.

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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