Weekly Top 10 for August 1, 2014

The Weekly Top 10 are select articles from my reading around the Internet this past week. You can see all of my bookmarks on Pinboard.

Can Traditional Religion Survive A Wired World?

While the focus of this article is the Catholic Church, the argument transcends denominational lines. Here’s the argument: the wide dissemination of truth may, in time, destroy the authority of all institutions. The Internet shines light into previously hidden aspects of every public figures life. We are seeing this play out in the public lives of many prominent evangelical pastors today including Mark Driscoll, C.J. Mahaney, and James MacDonald. Rod Dreher, the author of the article, concludes,

From a theological point of view, what all of us Christians are living through now, and will live through, could be seen as God’s judgment on His people. Purification is painful; bourgeois Pelagians in the clergy and in the laity will be burned away. Increasingly, churches whose leaders cannot withstand the scrutiny of the all-seeing eye of the Internet will not survive over time. And not just churches.

Google Earth Exercise for Biblical Geography

Google Maps and Google Earth prove to be excellent resources for teachers who need to add a map or satellite view of a remote location to their sermon or Bible lesson. In this article, from Biblical Studies and Technological Tools, the author provides a handy overview of how to create an interactive geographic overview of a biblical region using Google Earth.

7 Different Ways to Read a Book

From Tim Challies, here are some helpful thoughts to help guide your reading. Tim divides his reading into the following seven categories:

  1. Studying
  2. Pillaging
  3. Devotional
  4. Skimming
  5. Stretch
  6. Rerun
  7. Failed

7 Dangerous Apps That Parents Need to Know About

Kristin Peaks, a digital & social media specialist for Cook Children’s, provides a must read list for parents of children who use smart phones or an iPod touch. As Peaks notes, “Technology, especially if you’re a little behind the times, can be very deceptive. Your kids may be downloading Apps that you think are innocent and just a simple way for them to keep in contact with their buddies, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.”

Here’s her list of seven apps she believes parents need to be aware of and that Peak considers dangerous:

  1. Yik Yak
  2. SnapChat
  3. KiK Messenger
  4. Poof
  5. Omegle
  6. Whisper
  7. Down

In the article, Peak provides a brief description of each app’s dangerous intent.

The Next Wave of Missions

The Global Missions paradigm is changing. Ask any currently serving missionary on a foreign field and you will hear similar stories. At the top of the list of growing problems for most missionaries is their ability to raise the funds needed to serve as a missionary. The Days of Deputation appear to be dying.

In this article, J.D. Greear argues that the next wave of missions will ride on the wings of business. He highlights what he believes will be the pool for the next generation missionary:

  1. The Gifted Entrepreneur
  2. The Kingdom-Minded Business Owner
  3. Kingdom-Minded People Who Work for a Large Multi-National Company
  4. College Graduates Seeking Jobs in Unreached Places

Greear states, “we believe that churches should encourage Christian business people toward a two-part vision: whatever you are good at, (a) do it well (for the glory of God) and (b) do it somewhere strategic (for the mission of God).

10 Keys to Being a Great Employee

In his intro to this article, Brad Lomenick notes, “Being a leader doesn’t exempt you from being a good employee. Matter of fact, as leaders, we should strive to be the best in all we do, not just being ‘good’ or ‘better.’”

Here are Lomenick’s 10 keys to being a great employee:

  1. Write everything down.
  2. Honor people’s time.
  3. Come with solutions, not just ideas.
  4. Learn how to anticipate.
  5. Be a disciplined learner.
  6. Listen well.
  7. Reflect most of the credit; take all the blame.
  8. Never speak negatively of your peers for personal gain.
  9. Push back.
  10. Take on more responsibility.

When It Comes to Guest Experience, What You Mange Is What You Get

Tim Brown from the Vision Room notes,

When brands attempt to script their service performance, but do not give equal attention to their internal culture, it should be no wonder that these organizations inevitably fail to meet consistent service standards. Companies that have combative relationships with their employees, or fail to engage staff in a respectful way, risk seeing these same negative attitudes filter into staff interactions with customers.

Unbroken Official Trailer (Video)

When Laura Hillenbrand released Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption in 2010, I quickly purchased and read the book. (Now available for Kindle for $4.99.) While I had never heard of Louis Zamperini prior to reading the book, his life story left me speechless. Needless to say, I was excited to learn Hillenbrand’s book was being made into a major motion picture. Set to be released in December 2014, the first trailer for the film was released. Do yourself a favor, read the book between now and the end of the year in preparation for seeing the film. It is an outstanding story.

10 Stupid Things That Keep Your Small Group from Growing

From Michael Mack, here’s how to keep your small group from growing:

  1. Consuming.
  2. Concentrating on study and knowledge.
  3. Forgetting that Jesus really is present when you meet.
  4. A meeting mentality.
  5. A leader who leads from knowledge, abilities, or personality.
  6. Solo leadership.
  7. Arms-length relationships.
  8. No ownership.
  9. No plans or goals.
  10. Taking yourself way to seriously.

The Secret Leadership Principle That Separates Great Leaders from Good Leaders

From Church Community Builder’s blog, “Good leaders can set goals, build a team, cast a vision, and help people figure out how to be successful. Great leaders know how to clear the obstacles and resource their team to achieve success.”

The article cites four ways to help equip your team with the resources needed to reach an objective:

  1. Staff.
  2. Money.
  3. Tools.
  4. Time.

Every worthy goal requires work from your team. This work leads to activities, which require resources. When you focus only on outcomes and ignore the resources your team needs, you cripple your vision.


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