Tools of the Trade for the Week of January 11, 2021

I hope you had a good weekend! Here are some helpful articles that I encountered this week.

Social Media. Ugh. What a mess. If we’re going to use it, let’s be sure to use it right. Chris Martin gives “3 Reasons to Use Social Media for Good This Year.” While not directly related to social media. Benjamin Vrbicek issues “A Call for Content Creators to Cultivate Discernment.”

Read how to keep people coming back to your small group, written by Ken Brady.

Justin Holcomb writes a compassionate letter to those who are victims of abuse. Keep this one to share with those who come to talk to you about the abuse they have suffered.

Hopefully this situation will soon be in the rear view mirror, but Steven Wedgeworth shares some thoughts on whether churches should submit to civil authorities if those authorities try to curtail worship over health issues.

Tim Challies asked what people were finding encouraging at their church. It’s worth reading, and maybe even asking your own people to share what encourages them.

I love technology, but I have to agree with David Mathis. He asks “Are Paper Bibles Better?” Give it a read.

This article is for anyone in ministry, but is especially relevant for you younger guys who may not be doing what you’d really like to do. Jeff Martin will encourage you.

Mike Leake wrote one of the best, if not THE best, articles I’ve read so far this year. “Why We need to Break Up With Our Angry Friend.” It’s not what you might think, but man, does he hit one out of the park.

It’s a rare week when Peter Mead’s name doesn’t appear in this list. Here he reminds us that we are not performers. Please read it!

That’s it for this week. I hope to resume Five from the Files this coming weekend. You all stay safe and 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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