Resource Roundup #48

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7 Reflections on March Madness, The Gospel, and You

Yes, it's that time of the year where dads everywhere are glued to the television watching every dramatic basketball moment unfold.  It’s also a time where many dads zone off into TV land and don't return to real life for hours. But for dads who have the privilege of having kids old enough to enjoy sports – this can be some great quality time. The Scripture tells us to “let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” A couple of years back during the tournament, I texted a couple of my friends who are high school ball coaches here in Louisville. They sent back some pretty incredible tips for enjoying March Madness with your family and neighbors. Here they are...

Kathy Keller planted Redeemer Presbyterian Church with her husband Timothy and writes for both Redeemer and City to City.

Kathy Keller planted Redeemer Presbyterian Church with her husband Timothy and writes for both Redeemer and City to City.

Lessons Learned from 30 Years in Ministry

You may have read that if you don’t learn from history, you’re doomed to repeat it. That’s part of the reason it’s important to rehearse our history and review the mistakes that we’ve made. We’ve tried to learn from our mistakes, which is really the only thing you can do with a mistake — learn from it.

“Fail upwards” was a saying often quoted in our early days of starting Redeemer.


What Sugar Does to Your Brain

Why sugar could be to blame for your bad memory – and can it get you hooked?

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"It is, as the subtitle says, about how churches can nurture artists and use their gifts for God’s glory. It’s my favourite title in a new series of “How-To” ebooks. The reason I picked this one in particular is that does something nothing else I know of does. There are a number  of books that talk about a Christian approach to the arts, but Filling Blank Spaces gives some great ideas and practical advice on incorporating the arts into the life of the church."

— Tim Chester

Dr. Tim Chester is the pastor of Grace Church Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and the author of too many books.

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Many Who Call Themselves Evangelical Don’t Actually Hold Evangelical Beliefs

About 1 in 4 Americans say they are evangelical Christians. Most of them are white, live in the South and identify as Republican. Many go to church every week. But they’re not always sure what they believe. Fewer than half of those who identify as evangelicals (45 percent) strongly agree with core evangelical beliefs, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. “There’s a gap between who evangelicals say they are and what they believe,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. And a significant number of evangelical believers reject the term “evangelical.” Only two-thirds (69 percent) of evangelicals by belief self-identify as evangelicals.


28 Non-Numerical Signs Of A Healthy Church

If numbers aren’t the only way to tell if a church is healthy, what else is there?

I get that question a lot. Mostly from other pastors. And no, they’re not being facetious when they ask it. They truly don’t know the answer. Here's a list to get you started.