Tools of the Trade for the Week of December 21, 2020

According to my count, this is my 200th blog post. I appreciate any and all who find this useful. Here are some helpful articles for you to read, mark, save, share.

You should be setting up your planner or productivity system for 2021. Here is an article about being more productive.

Todd Pruitt, pastor in Virginia, shared (courageously) some struggles with anxiety and depression. This is good reading whether you’re a fellow-sufferer or not, and there is more to come.

For those who counsel, here is a reminder that Christ is the solution.

Over the years I had some small groups take a Christmas quiz. It’s amazing how much non-biblical “stuff” people think is part of the biblical story. Michael Krueger talks about 5 misconceptions.

Just read it.

Tim Challies posts a consensus list of the best books of 2020.

Here are some suggestions for what our churches should pray for in 2021.

With all the mayhem going on in our world (and in a lot of churches), you pastors may find this really helpful right about now.

Here’s a challenge about mentoring the next pastor for your church.

I haven’t read this but I’m going to. We need to understand discipleship as more than a course or a set of classes.

Zac Durant talks about encouragement in ministry as we reach the end of 2020.

And just read this too.

If you’re inclined to wax eloquent on the dangers of the consumerist culture (and there are some) at Christmas, here’s something to read first.


Merry Christmas to you all. And may God bless us everyone!

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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