Resource Roundup #50

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My Motorcycle Was A Lie (short film)

Longing for an authentic life, filmmaker Douglas Gautraud bought himself a motorcycle. As he explains in this heartfelt short, though, memories of his late grandfathers encouraged him to reconsider his vintage bike. "I was concerned with having something," he says. "They were concerned with giving something."


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5 Things Every Good Leader Knows About Themselves

The best leaders become students of themselves. This isn’t some strange form of narcissism or self-absorption. Just the opposite. The best leaders ask themselves and others piercing questions. They’re relentlessly honest with themselves about their strengths and weaknesses. Top leaders realize it’s easy to ignore the hard questions and even to lie to themselves. They soberly embrace the truth that of all the lies we tell, the lies we tell ourselves are the most deadly.



Jerusalem by CityAlight

This song is really beautiful and worth looking at if you are doing a series on the cross, or Jesus work to bring us to the new creation, or are looking for a song for communion Sunday. Reflecting on this song, Tim Challies writes, "I like that it is written in the present tense rather than the past tense; I like the constant calls to action: See, Hear, Feel, Lift; I like the progression from the streets of Jerusalem, to the cross, to the empty tomb, to the New Jerusalem; I even like the simplicity of the melody." Give it a listen, especially this weekend.



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The Sound So Loud That It Circled the Earth Four Times

On August 27, 1883, the Earth let out a noise louder than any it has made since. 

"Think, for a moment, just how crazy this is. If you’re in Boston and someone tells you that they heard a sound coming from New York City, you’re probably going to give them a funny look. But Boston is a mere 200 miles from New York. What we’re talking about here is like being in Boston and clearly hearing a noise coming from Dublin, Ireland." 

This is an absolutely fascinating article that I've saved over the years, hoping one day to use it as a sermon illustration. Easter seems an appropriate time for an illustration like this, so maybe you should read and use it!


Sojourn Network must plant churches; this is our constitutional mandate—anything less represents willful disobedience.[1] For ‘church planting’ to be achieved, however, it must be understood. To be understood, it must be defined. To be defined, it must be clarified in writing. We chalk a line at that place, then, and mark it as our starting point.

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Sojourn Network partners with local church pastors to plant churches. Vital to this mission is the assessment of church planters. Both the network and the local church play vital roles in this glorious endeavor; both must comprehend and gladly affirm those roles. Meaningful service to the man and mission effectiveness for the network demand it. This paper, therefore, is offered to clarify our respective roles as we seek to assess church planters.

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What Augustine’s ‘Confessions’ Taught Me About Parenting

When my first newborn child trembled in my hands, all my convictions about parenting suddenly shook too. I longed for wise counsel. Later on, when I was experiencing excessive conflict with my 1-year-old, I turned to my parents for advice. “Just love her,” my father said. For whatever reason, this cut me to the quick. I realized I was making my daughter my project instead of pouring out Christ’s love on her.

As I read Augustine’s Confessions this week, I felt a similar conviction.


How to stop failing at reading: my tested speed reading secrets

Reading time is never at the right moment. You want to, but there’s always something that shows up that needs your attention. And it’s not like you can say “I can’t now, I have to read.” Because you’re not 5 anymore. That excuse doesn’t work when you’re an adult.

But the thing is, as humans we need to learn. Here's how to do it faster.


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"How-To" Build and Maintain a Healthy Plurality of Elders by Dave Harvey

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Paperback copies available for purchase on Amazon.

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"How-To" Work With Visual Artists In Your Church by Michael Winters

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"How-To" Grow Healthy, Multiplying Community Groups by Jeremy Linneman

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Top-10 Articles on Evangelism for Church Planting

Evangelism is such a critical part of church planting, so ChurchPlants.com pulled together our top-10 articles on evangelism for church planting. Here are some great articles by church leaders and a few free resources for download on evangelism for church planting.


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10 Easy Phrases Which Point to a Healthy Team

Do you want to be a part of a healthy team? Do you like simple? Maybe we’ve made this more complicated than it has to be. I think there are values we can strive to attain which can help make our teams healthy. 



When Best Laid Plans Do Not End Well

There's another sermon illustration in here somewhere.


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The Poison We Pick

This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.