I will live as a follower of Christ who holds to the faithful Word while passing on the Word to the faithful. That's the point behind InkLink: A place to say it and a place to share it. Like a link in a chain that not only contains but also connects, I pray my heart's "ink" will spill out in a way that links us to the truth as well as to tomorrow.
Here's a linked list to the 10 most listened-to online messages I preached in 2011. I'm not surprised at what ranked #1; and my guess it would also be the #1 criticism-generating message of 2011. Frankly, it came in all directions that week (Twitter, FB, email, etc) from those who simply don't see the issue of sexuality from a biblical perspective.
Yesterday I was delighted to attend a simulcast of Elephant Room 2, an event for pastors and leaders sponsored by Harvest Bible Chapel. While this year's version was, unfortunately, a little tamer, it still yielded healthy discussion and good insights. And here are some of those in sentence form, what I call my 14 take-aways. (Yep, some of these need context to be fully unpacked, but that's why they sell the DVDs). www.theelephantroom.com
1. Don't be defensive with the offensive message of the Gospel.
2. Urgency is an inherant part of the Gospel.
3. Don't front-load the gospel, and don't cloud the cross. Urgency demands simplicity with accuracy.
4. Preaching is theology coming out of a man on fire.
5. Capacity or capability doesn't always equal calling.
6. Getting permission to talk to someone candidly doesn't always produce the courage to actually do it. It's still hard!
7. Go beyond your code (area and zip)!
8. Staff that can self-correct are gold!
9. Restoration to fellowship is different than restoration to leadership.
10. Better to confess than to admit.
11. You can teach what you know, but you will reproduce what you are.
12. Don't let your heart write a check that your calendar can't cash.
I took some time in the early days of 2012 and compiled a list of the top books I read this past year, what I'm calling my "best of" when it comes to the printed/digitized page.
NOTE: Though these links are all to the "purchase" link at Amazon, some of these books are actually free under their Free Kindle Books link. I just used these links since they seemed to hold the greatest amount of info.