Things have been insane. Cru Talks. Fall Retreat this weekend. Blogging gets pushed to the back burner.
Here’s some quick links for your Weekend Surfing:
The entire Bible, in all of it’s diversity has one Redemptive Thread. Dane Ortlund provides a great list of the grace of God in every book in the Bible (via Justin Taylor peerless blog)
A few years ago I visited Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. In learning about his influence, one thing I was struck by was how many words and phrases Shakespeare invented (I would think, second only to the Bible in influencing modern English language and figures of speech). Here’s a great list of some of those. A few of note:
Kill with kindness.
Love is blind.
Tim Tebow has a new website that’s worth checking out
This is big – CruPress Green is Live. Most of you within Campus Crusade knew this was out, but for those outside of Crusade, here’s a few highlights of what’s on this free site:
Bible Study Materials for 4 years (called Cru.comm)
Discipleship Materials (called The Compass) – 60 REALLY good discipleship lessons. And Roger Hershey’s talks on Discipleship and the 4 articles on “How to Disciple” are phenomenal.
Free Posters and Publicity
Best-of-the-best Resources. For a starter, go download The Music of the Gospel. One of the best explanations and metaphors I’ve heard on gospel-centered ministry and living.
iPhone killing another industry
By far, my favorite thing about my new iPhone is the hi-def video camera and much-improved camera. Canon/Sony/Flip should be very concerned. I haven’t touched my Sony video camera since I got my new phone. And why do you need to have a point and shoot when you have one already on your phone? The only downside I’ve seen so far: the video is a little shaky (it’s hard to hold the iPhone still).
I bet in a couple years the majority of people will only want two things for their photography/video needs: a nice DSLR camera and an iPhone.
Interesting infographic from Newsweek on what has changed digitally in the past 10 years. Think some of these might affect our spiritual lives (and those we minister to) a bit? One example: in 2000 we spent an avg of 2.7 hours online every week. 2010=18 hours a week.
A ridiculous/interesting article chastising Tim Tebowfor “blowing” his entire $2.5 million signing bonus on donations to charities (what a great imitation of our Prodigal God; prodigal= recklessly extravagant).
He’s so adept at handling the media’s bewilderment at his “strange” values (remember the “are you a virgin” episode?)
From an admitted non-Christian: “we need to be celebrating Tebow for exhibiting that much backbone under such heavy public scrutiny”
Love how he uses humor to defuse the situation (with the comment about hookers) as he did with the virgin question:
“I think you’re stunned right now,” Tebow joked with reporters after revealing his virginity. “You can’t even ask a question. … I was ready for that question, but I don’t think ya’ll were.”
Great short (4 minute) video by Andy Stanley on Leadership (emailed to me by my friend, Chris, who needs to start blogging. Yes, since I’ve started blogging I’ve become a blogging bully. But a bully with a great cause – read this for encouragement on why you should share the wealth via a blog instead of emailing):
First Myth: Great leaders are good at everything
Second myth: we should focus on our weaknesses rather than maximizing our strengths
Brian Bareladetails on his blog how Guy Chmieleski is bringing 20 college ministry bloggers together in 1 place on Tuesday
If you work with young people – high school or college (or have kids) you have to start reading Tim Elmore’s blog (I know many of you already do). Though I’ve received his e-mails for years (and have some of his books) I just checked out his blog for the first time this weekend. Incredible insights. This post in particular is good.
Great quote from it: This generation of students are “upload kids forced to attend download schools”
Another great resource for college ministers that some of you may have missed: Subscribe to the monthly emails from Ivy Jungle. Great bullet point news items that relates to college students and college ministry.
“Lauren asked the doctor, ‘What’s best-case scenario and what’s worst-case scenario?’ He said: ‘Best-case scenario is that God heals you. . . . Worst-case scenario, honestly, is that you get killed in a car wreck on your way home today.’
“He was the first one to say to me out loud, ‘Nothing’s really changed for you—you just get to be aware that you’re mortal. Everyone is, but they’re just not aware of it. The gift that God’s given you is that you get to be aware of your mortality.’
“So if this goes bad for me, if my MRI scan shows that . . . I have a short amount of time, I can talk to my wife, talk to my children, shoot videos. . . . Most guys who die in their 30’s kiss their wife goodbye in the morning and never come home. . . . At least once a year, for the rest of my life, I get the anxiety of ‘Am I going to hear today that I only have a couple years to live?’ . . . It is a gift.”
Matt McComas recommended (via Twitter) this great 10 minute video that is packed with leadership wisdom:
“The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you may have made a hiring mistake.”
“Everyone on your team should be able to articulate their responsibilities and not have a title”
And in honor of me getting my new iPhone4 this week, a funny video to wrap up. It would help if you understood Taiwanese (HT: Collide Magazine):