Resource Roundup #36

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Featured Resource: 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."

In a season spent conversing with family and friends, some of which may be difficult, this talk is a very helpful, needed reminder for each of us.


 
 

How Durable Is Your Church? Check Your Plurality.

“The Sojourn Network "How-To" ebooks are a great combination of biblical theology and practical advice, driven by a commitment to the gospel and the local congregation. Written by the local church for the local church — just the job!” — Tim Chester, pastor of Grace Church Boroughbridge, faculty member of Crosslands Training and author of over 40 books

"This series brings pastoral wisdom for everyday life in the church of Jesus Christ. Think of these short, practical books as the equivalent of a healthy breakfast, a sandwich and apple for lunch, and a family enjoying dinner together. The foundational theology is nutritious, and the practical applications will keep the body strong." — Dr. David Powlison – Executive Director of CCEF; senior editor, Journal of Biblical Counseling; author of Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger and Making All Things New: Restoring Joy to the Sexually Broken

"Most leaders don't need another abstract book on leadership; we need help with the "how-to's." And my friends in the Sojourn Network excel in this area. I've been well served by their practical ministry wisdom, and I know you will be too." — Bob Thune — Founding Pastor, Coram Deo Church, Omaha, NE and author of Gospel Eldership and co-author of The Gospel-Centered Life

"I've sat in those elder meetings and wondered, How are we supposed to know what to do in this situation? In those cases we've looked to help from our friends in the Sojourn Network, whose experience, wisdom, zeal for the gospel, and love for the Lord has been a great encouragement. I'm thankful for this series because I know how many pastors and other church leaders will benefit from such biblically informed guidance on a host of topics." — Collin Hansen, editorial director, The Gospel Coalition

“I cannot express strong enough what a valuable resource this is for church planters, church planting teams and young churches. The topics that are addressed in these ebooks are so needed in young churches. I have been in ministry and missions for over 30 years and I learned a lot from reading. Very engaging and very practical!” — Larry McCrary, Co-Founder and Director of The Upstream Collective

 
 

Remembering R.C. Sproul

R. C. Sproul (1939–2017) went home to be with his Savior yesterday at the age of 78. (Read Justin Taylor’s obituary.) 

I can remember the very room in which I was laying on the floor when the power of God (and the knowledge of his sovereign power) landed on me for the first time. It was a cabin living room outside Colorado Springs, pouring over the pages of Chosen by God. I read the book from cover to cover without putting it down. I was sold and have been grateful for R.C. Sproul ever since.

 
Athens Advent
 

Advent Guide from Athens Church

We have provided a 5-week Advent guide for you to walk through with your friends, family, or on your own individually. You can download the advent guide in its entirety now, or follow along with the accompanying blog posts on a weekly basis which will published on the news section of our website.

 
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By Promise & Prophecy (Augustine of Hippo)

As we look toward Christmas Day, we’d like to share this thoughtful piece on God’s promises and fulfillment taken from Augustine of Hippo’s discourse on the psalms.