Many of you have sensed it already. Perhaps it was the pumpkin spice that snuck into your cornbread. Or the temperatures dipping below 90 degrees. Whatever tipped you off, there’s no deny that it’s that time of year: School is about to begin. In light of that, I wanted to pull a few helpful articles from the vault that deal with college, parenting, and family. Enjoy.
A few weeks ago, one of our leaders asked me to come speak to a group of worship interns, telling them “everything I thought pastors wanted worship leaders to know.” When I agreed to do it, I thought it would be a stretch to come up with three or four things. That was a bit naïve. By the time I was done, it grew to a list of 14!
Our call to demonstrate God’s love is why we put such an emphasis on proactively going to the outcast of our society, wherever they happen to be. We don’t just wait for them to wander through our doors, because the people who need a tangible expression of God’s love the most won’t—or can’t—come to us.
If your church is growing and God is at work, then being a paid staff member of that church is thrilling. You’re getting a steady paycheck to watch what God is doing in people’s lives. What could be better than that? And yet, it can also be draining. People are messy. Sure, you get to celebrate the highs, but you also have to dive down into the lows.
Yesterday I shared what I’m reading this summer. Today I wanted to give a snapshot of what my teenage daughter has been reading. You might get some ideas here for your own kids. And you can always pick up one of these for yourself, too! (After all, where do you think my daughter heard of these to begin with?)
I’ve gotten a few requests for me to share my bookshelf for the summer. Most of the following came from a recommendation of a friend, so I’m just sharing the wealth that’s been shared with me. These certainly aren’t all created equal, but here are some of the best of the books I’ve been reading of late: