Tools of the Trade for the Week of November 30, 2020

Here’s some excellent reading from the last few weeks. Evernote seems to have fixed some of the things the new release broke, so I can again recommend that you clip and save.

We all struggle with having a lot to do. “When your “to-dos” are longer than your time: A secret to balancing high-needs members and ministry demands” is worth reading, and you can find it here.

Aaron Wilson makes the case that the next generation of Christians needs to be able to articulate the reasons for their faith.

Trevin Wax has been writing about our approach to the reading and study of Scripture. In this article he talks about a very necessary quality we all need.

This article, from my friend Cynthia, was just a really good read.

Here are several different responses to the question church leaders are asking about what to do if our government authorities tell churches they can’t sing.

Ken Braddy writes about keeping small groups on track during COVID.

What we say – and don’t say – to hurting people is so important. Vaneetha Rendall Risner talks about how we might harm those who hurt.

Todd Hallman assures us that it’s ok to say “I don’t know.”

I happened to spot this book while browsing through Amazon. I haven’t read it, though Joel Beeke is a well-respected author. If the last few months have led to you or your pastor feeling that you are in a sparring match with the disgruntled, pick this up.

Most churches (all churches??) have statements of faith, but Jeff Robinson argues for the use of some of the classic Christian confessions. Worth reading in a day when churches have no sense of heritage.

The always-helpful Peter Mead writes about one of the challenges we face when preaching through an epistle. Grab this one!

That’s it for me! See you soon with some more goodies.

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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