Tools of the Trade for the Week – Weekend Edition – December 11, 2020

I have too many really good articles to share so I’ll put some up today and some on Monday.

I’ve mentioned that I’ve had some grief with the new version of Evernote, but I think they have it fixed. I tried several other programs over the last week, but none fit the bill. If you haven’t updated I think it’s safe to do now.

Here you go:

Tim Reigel, who writes a blog for those dealing with pornography, has an article of encouragement and instruction to read and share. And congrats to Tim for being hired as Worship Leader for our church.

Joe Rigney, at Desiring God, talks about the value of confessions. If your church is “that way,” it might convince you to start leaning.

Pastors get depressed and anxious, and so do people in our congregations. Here’s some help on counseling those who struggle.

Your People Must Know Jesus.” Sounds kind of obvious for a Christian church, right? Not so fast. Which Jesus do your people know?

If you are preaching, here’s a reminder why you need to keep doing it.

The Covid situation makes us feel like we’re limping toward the finish line this year. However, this article shares some ways our churches can finish strong in 2020.

Who would have thought that facemasks would be controversial? And who ever thought we’d be wearing them as long as we have (and apparently will). Eric Raymond adds a voice of sanity.

If your church, like ours, is looking at a different kind of Christmas this year, here are some ideas for making it special.

Garrett Kell shares some things he’s learned from a recent pastoral transition.

Here’s one to read and share about learning to meditate on the Bible.

Luke Holmes writes about tools that every pastor needs to have today.

The always provocative Carl Trueman has a video and accompanying text (5 minutes) on some of what is going on today in the area of “expressive individualism.”

Kevin DeYoung writes about the 3 dangers of busyness.

Sam Emadi, writing at 9Marks, tells us why and how shepherds are shaped by the sheep.

More to come early next 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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