Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I’ve read this week for the spiritual leader and others. This week’s emphasis appears to be on sermon preparation. You’ll also find a summary of this week’s content on www.equippinghispeople.com.
Here are the top five articles on leadership or productivity I’ve read this past week:
Salvation Army specific, but it might refer to spiritual leadership in general. The Salvation Army needs more officers. As Stephen says, the need is the call. Or, as William Booth’s default call renders it, if God isn’t calling you to something else specifically, then train up and offer for officership. Food for thought!
I often joke that, as a man, I was not built to multi-task. But the evidence is becoming clearer that none of us are. Joshua says multi-taskers are more likely to be stressed than their single-tasking friends. He sets out nine ways to help you do more single tasking. I endorse all of them and try to practice most.
Which leads neatly on to this article by Jason K. Allen. Jason recently enjoyed reading Cal Newport’s book Deep Work. It is one in a long line of new books detailing our challenged attention spans, social media’s deleterious effects on our ability to concentrate, and how the modern man bounces from one distraction to the next. Newport laments these challenges and offers helpful suggestions for correction. As Jason read his book, his mind continually raced to sermon preparation, and how pastors can strengthen their study time. He sets down six keys to deep sermon preparation. Try to practice all of them when I’m preparing sermons.
Following on from the last post, H.B. Charles Jr. helps pastors not to forget the spiritual aspect to sermon preparation too. He once asked a friend if someone he’d heard could preach. His friend answered affirmatively and emphatically. “He knows how to handle the text. And you can tell he’s been with Jesus.” This is a great way to describe a preacher of the gospel. Could it be said of me?
Mike gives a pretty damning indictment of the identikit nature of TED talk performances, and shows why we should not emulate this is in our preaching. As Mike points out, Catholic priest, Henri Nouwen once said that the best preaching manages to be “flexible without being relativistic, convinced without being rigid, willing to confront without being offensive, gentle and forgiving without being soft, and true witnesses without being manipulative.” That doesn’t sound like TED. In fact, it sounds like Jesus.
And why not read some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts you may not have seen this week:
- Leadership: Why Me?
- Productivity: The Challenge of Balance
- Jesus Meets Needs | Fed by the Bread of Life (John 6)
- Bible Meditation: Chewing on Scripture
- We Believe | God’s Best China (1 Peter 1)
- Holiness: A Family Resemblance
- Accountability: It Cuts Both Ways
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