Tools of the Trade – Week of March 8, 2021

A Weekly List of Links and Resources Especially for Pastors

My function at church involves two main components. One involves coordinating congregational (pastoral) care and the other involves teaching as the opportunity presents itself.

I’ve been working for the last few months in preparation of an online series that is called Roots. The point of the series is to help our people understand theology, but to go beyond just understanding a doctrine to learning why that doctrine is important. What is especially challenging in this is that each “episode” will be no longer than seven minutes.

We released the first video last week and will roll new ones out every week on Tuesdays. Between learning video technology and doing the actual scripting and recording, it has been a busy several weeks, hence I’ve been absent again. But I wanted to catch up because I have a backlog of great reading.

By the way, if you’re interested in the Roots series, you can text the word “roots” to 610-708-1100. That will enroll you in the distribution list and you’ll get a text message each week. If you are outside of the US, you can be added via email. I’m not suggesting you do this because of the theological acumen I possess, but in case you want to see something that might work in your church. Be warned, however, that we’re planning 80-100 of these videos. 😬

Here are some worthwhile articles:

Do you wonder what people get from your ministry? This article says “it ain’t what you preach.”

Paul Levy, author the article above, shares a letter he wrote to his church in July called “The Slowness of God.”

Ryan Higginbottom has some help for those who lead small groups. The kinds of questions we ask can make or break our studies.

The ever-present Peter Mead tells us 7 Ways to Not Really Preach a Passage. And then Wanted: Expository Preaching Advocates.

Simple title, deep subject: Redeeming Pastoral Ambition.

Tim Reigle shares some thoughts about the Lost Art of Deep Conversation.

Self-Talk and Sanctification

J.A. Medders writes Pastor, Your People Need the Hard Texts.

Darryl Dash encourages pastors to keep preaching.

Joe Carter answers questions about What You Should Know About the Pro-LGBTQ Equality Act. Pastors here in the US should keep an eye on this. This one, by Brandon Freeman, is related.

Here’s a good one. I’m going to write a bit on this soon. Here are 4 Ways Young Pastors Can Love Elderly Saints.

Trevin Wax shares some thoughts about The State of Church Attendance as Covid Turns One.

Ed Welch gives us Shaking Off Some Lifelessness with the Psalms.


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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