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Five From the Files Friday

I know it’s Saturday, but we’ll pretend, ok?

Yesterday was my last day driving for the retirement communities. Among the men and women I drove to doctor appointments were former missionaries, former pastors, and godly saints who were still faithfully following their Savior. I took time this week to say goodbye where COVID restrictions permitted me to do so. I’ll start my new position as part-time Assistant Pastor at a fine church here in the Lehigh Valley on Monday.

Tim Smith, who is the pastor of a church near where I used to serve, suggested that I post a description of how I use Evernote for tracking all of these articles that I link to. I’ll do that mid-week. Thanks, Tim, for the idea.

Here are five articles from the vaults, with the year they were first published in parentheses. Since blog posts pass by our attention and tend to fade into obscurity pretty fast, I thought it might be helpful to resurrect some helpful posts I’ve encountered along the way.

Trevin Wax writes about the need for churches to honor their missionaries. There’s some really good stuff in this article. (2011)

Here’s a provocative article by Brandon Levering on why established churches should think like church plans. (2011)

These two articles are good for guys in Bible College or Seminary, and they are equally helpful for you young guys. And us older guys.

How Seminarians Can Learn to Preach to Normal People, Part 1 (2011)

How Seminarians Can Learn to Preach to Normal People, Part 2 (2011)

Do you have guys in your family, pool of friends, or church who, uh, need to grow up? Kevin DeYoung asks, “Dude, Where’s Your Bride?” (2011)


There we go! I’ll have my usual links on Monday and hopefully a description of how I use Evernote sometime mid-week!

Five From the Files

I use Evernote as a repository for articles that I want to hold on to. I’ve often searched through the 1000+ blog posts and web articles I’ve saved and found information that I needed. I’d recommend you do the same. Evernote has several tiers of service, but I’ve found that the free version is fine for my needs.

The other week I was looking through the articles I’ve saved and realized that there is a wealth of “old stuff” that people following this blog may not have read. Hence It’s Five From the Files Friday. Like the Tools of the Trade articles that I link to on Mondays, some are for sharing and some are directed at pastors. Enjoy!

Even in the midst of social distancing and restricted gatherings, our people can minister to each other. How much stronger would our churches be if these were regular habits? (2011)

Kevin DeYoung is always worth reading. Pastors young and old can feel the pressure of ministry and deal with anxiety. Before you get discouraged, and before you beat yourself for feeling those ways, read this. (2011)

Young Pastor, you’re going to be dealing with people who have life experiences you probably don’t. You may not have children, you certainly haven’t raised them, you may not have dealt with the death of loved ones, you may not even be married. But you have to pastor those who may be further along in life than you are. Here’s a great “save and share” article on parenting, (2011).

David Murray writes about the very hard process of church discipline. (2011)

Kevin DeYoung again – this time on ministering to the sick and dying. It’s hard for any pastor, harder for you younger guys.


Have a great weekend!!

It’s Five From the Files Friday!

I use Evernote as a repository for articles that I want to hold on to. I’ve often searched through the 1000+ blog posts and web articles I’ve saved and found information that I needed. I’d recommend you do the same. Evernote has several tiers of service, but I’ve found that the free version is fine for my needs.

The other week I was looking through the articles I’ve saved and realized that there is a wealth of “old stuff” that people following this blog may not have read. Hence It’s Five From the Files Friday. Like the Tools of the Trade articles that I link to on Mondays, some are for sharing and some are directed at pastors. Enjoy!

There is nothing wrong with larger churches, but there are some real advantages being small(er). Carl Trueman brilliantly reminds us of the realities of “life together.” (August 2010)

Ed Welch helps us help others with this article called “I can help you . . . in six words.” (Sept, 2010)

How do you understand the whole issue of Christians, demons, and exorcism. I’ve known people who have gone off the deep end. Al Mohler brings some sanity to this discussion. (November, 2010)

This is an article I hope you never have to use, but if you have to deal with a victim of sexual assault, this may make the difference between helping and (unwittingly) hurting. (July 2011)

Finally, here is an article on doing youth ministry in such a way that it is a benefit to the entire church. (Aug, 2011)


Have a great weekend!

Five From the Files

I have an extensive collection of articles that I have saved in Evernote for the last decade or so. I was going through them the other day and saw so many that were worth bringing to light again. Like the Tools of the Trade articles that I link to on Mondays, some are for sharing and some are directed at pastors.

Have you ever been taught how to listen to a sermon? With the enormous amount of info that our people take in each week, it would seem that maximizing their ability to listen to, and process, a sermon would be a great idea. Here are some articles to share with them. Not only that, perhaps these articles will help you with how you preach.

Dave Jenkins: 3 Keys to Listening During Sermons.

Crosway Publishers: 8 Tips for Taking Good Sermon Notes.

Here are a couple of articles for younger preachers. And older preachers too.

Michael Kruger: Note to Aspiring Preachers: Here are Seven Key Pitfalls to Avoid.

Scott Slayton: How Sporadic Church Attendance Affects Preaching.

Thabite Anyawile: Bits and Pieces for Young Ministers: Discipleship, Rest, and Reading.