This week, I commit to be in fervent prayer for the victims and the families of the tragedy that occurred Sunday, November 5th, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, TX.
Top Pick of the Week:
Just How Far Does Human Sex Trafficking Reach? – This article might stay here for several weeks. Human Sex Trafficking, something you think of happening only overseas, is alive and well right here in the good ole USA, and they are getting tech and social media savvy. If you have kids, work with kids, or have family that have kids, this article is a terrifying near miss of a family losing a child to sex trafficking, lured in via social media.
Church Safety and Security – Given the horrible tragedy that befell First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX, here is an article addressing the issue of Church Security and effectively applying behavioral analysis into that. While this may not have helped the people at FBC, it gives us something to think about. There are many different “what its” that could be asked about this incident alongside what could have prevented it, but I won’t even entertain those in my mind as I interceded for the numerous people affected by the senseless evil that occurred today.
Wanted: Good Assistant Pastors – This is a fun article with excellent points, things that I have seen within a church first-hand that have ruined relationships between a Senior and Associate Pastor. Worth the read!
5 Ways Revitalization is Hindered in Your Church – This was a good read, and a good call towards strong leadership of the church. This is a definite calling from God, so a pastor mustn’t squander that responsibility.
You Can Make 120 Different Outfits With Just a 14-Piece Wardrobe – This is a fun article on how to stay clothed, fashionable, and not have an overly full closet. However, this is not practical for me, as almost every time I go and eat something in an outfit I like, I stain the shirt. Seriously. Ask my wife.
Why I Am Glad to Pastor in a Smaller Town – This is an encouraging article about small-town living. So many people think that big cities need churches (they do) and that’s where pastors should go (they should), but small towns need churches and pastors, too. Don’t forget that!