Thursday’s Influence Online Articles


Today, over at InfluenceMagazine.com:

  • In today’s #InfluencePodcast, Mark Forrester and I talk about how the church can leverage social media for the sake of the gospel. For me personally, the most thought-provoking part of the podcast was when Mark talked about how to know what to post on social media. Just ask two questions about your audience: (1) Will they care? And (2) will they share? (These questions evidently come from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.) Good stuff! Take a listen!
  • Josiah Kennealy talks about how church leaders can help students avoid financial disaster. Based on research published in his book, Debtless, Josiah writes: “over 39 percent of current college students have no idea how much they owe in student loans. Based on our research, current students have taken on an average of $26,659 in debt — and haven’t graduated yet! Nearly 40 percent of students surveyed said no one informed them about alternatives to student loans.” Yowza!
  • Claude Black reviews a new biography of J. H. King, who served as general superintendent of the Pentecostal Holiness Church from 1917 to 1946. I’m Assemblies of God, not PHC, but I love reading Pentecostal history and biography because it reminds me how much the present generation stands not he shoulders of giants from the previous generation.

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Wednesday’s Influence Online Articles


Today, over at InfluenceMagazine.com:

  • Douglas M. Graham offers insight about becoming an authentic leader. “It is one thing to have people follow you because of your title,” he writes. “It’s something entirely different when people follow you because of who you are as a person. Leaders who earn the respect of others often do so through a life that is compelling, inspirational and transformative.”
  • Charlie Self reviews Tom Nelson’s new book, The Economics of Neighborly Love (IVP Books). He writes: “Compassion and capacity are rooted in the Great Commission. To reach the world and make healthy disciples, we must offer all of life — including economics and work — as worship to our Lord.”
  • We note a Nielsen report that “[h]alf of all U.S. households now include at least one podcast fan.” There’s an opportunity here for churches to reach podcast listeners. Speaking of podcasts, have you subscribed to the Influence Podcast yet?

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John Lindell | Influence Podcast


John Lindell recently reached an important ministry milestone. Lindell is lead pastor of James River Church, a multisite congregation in and around Springfield, Missouri. He has led the congregation since 1991. On Sunday, June 26, he preached a sermon from the final verses in the Gospel of Mark, and in doing so, completed sermons on every book of the New Testament.

To mark this milestone, I sat down with John for a conversation about expository preaching—that is, preaching through Scripture in a systematic, sequential fashion. In addition to making a case for why preachers should preach expository sermons, John gives practical advice about how to do so more effectively.

Tuesday’s Influence Online Articles


Today, over at InfluenceMagazine.com:

  • Kristi Northup offers advice from hard-won experience about how to respond when crisis hits ministry families.
  • I interview Peter Scazzero about emotionally healthy relationships.
  • We note a Barna Group research finding that nearly half of pastors have experienced depression.

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Monday’s Influence Magazine Articles


Today, over at InfluenceMagazine.com:

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#InfluencePodcast with George O. Wood about Mental Health and Ministry


May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so to kick off this month’s Influence Podcast episodes, I interviewed Dr. George O. Wood–aka, “Dad”–general superintendent of the Assemblies of God and chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship. He has an interesting personal story to tell about depression, which he also shared in an article for InfluenceMagazine.com: “Crossing a Deep River.” Listen to the podcast, and read the article! Good stuff.

#InfluencePodcast with Lee Strobel


Over at InfluenceMagazine.com, I have an episode of the Influence Podcast with Lee Strobel about six strategies for raising the evangelistic temperature of your church. Lee is a New York Times-bestselling author–most famously of The Case for Christ, forthcoming from PureFlix as a movie–and director of the Center for Strategic Evangelism at Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas. Take a listen!

 

 

Influence Podcast with Warren Bullock


I had the privilege of interviewing Warren Bullock for the latest episode of the Influence Podcast. Dr. Bullock is a friend and author of When Words Hurt: Helping Godly Leaders Respond Wisely to Criticism, which I reviewed here. If you’d like to listen to the podcast, head on over to InfluenceMagazine.com. You can subscribe to the podcast, which drops weekly, over at iTunes.

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