Need some Weekly Wisdom? Here are my favorite resources of the week.
Verse of the Week
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone [Isa. 9:2].
Book of the Week
Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate by J. Clif Christopher
People don’t give to church because we don’t offer them a compelling vision of the good their giving will achieve.
Hearing a young attorney speak of the faithbased reasons for which he had just made a substantial monetary gift to a community youth center, Clif Christopher asked the speaker if he would consider making a similar contribution to the congregation of which he was an active member. “Lord, no they would not know what to do with it” was the answer. That, in a nutshell, describes the problem churches are facing in their stewardship efforts, says Christopher. Unlike leading nonprofit agencies and institutions, we too often fail to convince potential givers that their gifts will have impact and significance. In this book, Christopher lays out the main reasons for this failure to capture the imagination of potential givers, including our frequent failure simply to ask.
Written with the needs of pastors and stewardship teams in mind, Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate provides immediate, practical guidance to all who seek to help God’s people be better stewards of their resources.
Podcast of the Week
Season 3 – Episode 9 of Serial Podcast: Some Time When Everything Has Changed
The state of Ohio decides where Joshua belongs.
Quote of the Week
The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.
Song of the Week
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones play “The 12 Days of Christmas” but here’s the catch: each day is a different key and a different time signature. Mind-blowing.
Post of the Week
Your Teenager’s Addiction to Technology by Alex Gore
In the parenting matters series Rocky Creek provided for families, Ministry Intern Alex Gore discussed the urgency of parents knowing how social media, technology, and gaming are impacting student’s biblical worldview. Alex informed parents about the seriousness of this issue. He told parents about different social apps that have been linked to depression, insecurity, cyberbullying, idolization of self, authoritative matters, and many other emotions. The apps he connected to the byproducts of social media were: Twitter, Kik (messenger), Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, VSCO, Tinder, Badoo, Meetme, Bumble, and Vault (Hides pictures). Furthermore, he stated that the biblical worldview had been tainted due to student’s believing what social media tells them and shows them.
Tip of the Week
Plan for the Delay
Too many times we get stressed by time constrictions based on other people or circumstances beyond our control. Do you plan for the delay by leaving early or preparing ahead of time? Delays are going to happen, so it might be best to plan accordingly.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.
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