The Good Stuff (22/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process! 🙂

7 Casualties of Being A People Pleaser – In leadership, one the things that most easily trips us up and causes us to fail is our desire to please people first. The most dangerous of all is it will cause vision to stall.

60 Reasons Leaders Stop Learning– This is a fantastic list to print out and review often. Great insight.

10 Powerful Quotes From The Steve Jobs Movie And What They Teach Us About Leadership – If you haven’t already read the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, then this article gives you a little insight into this man. I especially like to learn from other leaders, no less than from the ex-CEO of Apple. (P.S: I have not watched the movie yet).

Can Christians Be Unitifed If We Don’t Want The Same Thing? – An important question to ask and the author quite simply nailed it. “the key is the fruit of our beliefs. Do our beliefs help us grow in love of God, faith in Christ, and power through the Spirit? Do our beliefs send us out to make disciples, prompting us to tell others that God is reaching out to them too?”

This Nat Geo corespondent does not like durians. There are only 2 types of people in the world, those who love durians and those who can’t stand them. Growing up in Malaysia, we get durians in season and they taste really good.

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The Good Stuff (15/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process! 🙂

An Atheists Point of View: Why Christians Aren’t Being Heard – It would do Christians well to learn from fellow atheists and investigate the evidences and reason for belief that lead to the truth, says the president of the secular society. Interesting read, but makes me curious why he has yet to come to faith?

50 Rules For Dads Of Daughters – While no one is prepared for parenting in the real sense, there’s nothing we should not try to do in being good parents. If I had a daughter, I’d probably try some of these.

Should Pastors Try To Be Cool? – Just a interesting article that I’m sure pastors struggle with all the time from hairstyles to whether today is checks or lines.

A House Of Windows – A window-washers nightmare. What I thought that was pretty cool was the whole place was built kinda like in the middle of the forrest. See it below:

Nick Olson. Maker of the house.

 

Check out this video of Steve Jobs talking about the rules for success.

 

The Good Stuff (13/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process! 🙂

Are You Needed In Your Church? – Very good blog I love reading. This is an especially needed-to-be-written article especially to the next generation. She asks a very pertinent question we should ask ourselves,“I think ultimately it comes down to this: Are we serving for the benefit of the Body, or for our own self-fulfillment?”

3 Steps To Develop A Culture Of Service – MIssional is the buzz word in protestant evangelical churches now a days. Ed Stetzer begins a series of articles addressing the transition into being a missional church and he talks about service. Good read for leaders especially.

Better Discipleship – Are you into discipleship? Then you have to read this. I’m convicted to change how I disciple others. Ed Stetzer shares 5 ways to fix discipleship (if you’re doing it wrong).

10 Secrets Of Highly Successful Couples – I’d recommend this article for single and married people alike. My personal belief is in the biblical complementary roles of husband and wife in marriage, and thru many teachings and courses I’ve attended have come to know some of these principles here as true. Nevertheless, the most important thing is to apply them.

You have probably seen this video around, but if you haven’t and have heard of a man named Steve Jobs, you might like this.

 

The Good Stuff (10/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process! 🙂

53 Leadership Quotes from Bill Hybels – Part of my learning process in leadership and intentional living is to try to learn as much good principles from each leadership guru around. That’s not to say that I follow mindlessly, but you do find some good principles that clicks.

7 Key Principles for Interpreting the Bible – Mark Driscoll outlines the 7 principles for interpreting scripture. This will help you do bible study better. The one thing that I learned from this is on reading from the text and not into the text.

9 Marks of Excellence in Church Leadership – Another great gem that you will do well to read.

Focus on “Followership” : The Secret To Great Leadership – “Retired General Colin Powell shook up the WCA Global Leadership Summit today by challenging leaders to focus on a little talked about aspect of leadership – the importance of “followership.””You are nowhere without followers who want to follow you,” were his exact words. General Powell went on to make three quick points to drive home the importance of great leaders focusing on followership as the secret sauce to solid leadership”

Disney’s New iPad App Lets You Browse It’s Animated History – Here are some wonderful screenshots from the magical world of Disney animation. Who didn’t grew up watching disney films? Love it. A video of Disney promoting this app is below.

The Good Stuff (8/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process! 🙂

Fittest Man On Earth – The “Fittest Man on Earth” is 26, stands at 5 feet, 9 inches, weighs 195 pounds, and is on fire for Jesus.

Structuring A Ministry Workweek – Useful article not just for pastors for full time Christian workers like me. There is not part time but I’m full time all the time. “If I could choose one word to describe the structure of a common workweek for a pastor, it would be “messy.” Pastoral ministry is less about a vocation, and more about a lifestyle. If you call yourself a pastor, you are likely on duty 24/7/365. Your life is far more like that of a small business owner than a teacher or professor, with set classroom times and office hours.”

Using Your Saturday’s Well – A few good links from Matt Perman on how to maximize your weekends. Article includes a liturgy for Saturdays, having a personal mission statement and recommendations for project management software. Personally, I find Trello to be incredibly useful.

I’m enjoying these few books that I really take turns reading:

By Stephen Covey. I read this for personal development.

By Stephen Covey. I read this for personal development.

By Bill Hybels. I'm learning practical leadership skill here.

By Bill Hybels. I’m learning practical leadership skill here.

A helpful book realigning my focus back on the Gospel and person of Jesus.

A helpful book realigning my focus back on the Gospel and person of Jesus.

By Erik Metaxas. Savoring slowly this biography.

By Erik Metaxas. Savoring slowly this biography.

 

The Good Stuff (6/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process! 🙂

The Importance of the Weekly Review – This article is an oldie by Michael Hyatt but something I’ve to constantly go back to to learn and refine my own weekly review routine.

Astronomy Photographer of the year 2013 – Amazing, amazing photos. The work well as great wallpaper on your laptop or gadgets too. A sample below:

Archway to Heaven

Archway to Heaven

Is the Evangelical Liturgy Really An Improvement? – Kevin DeYoung compares the new vs the old noting the differences. Being evangelical and appreciative of orthodoxy in the church, this is a helpful article. “What do I mean by the “old liturgy”? I mean the traditional Protestant order of worship that stretches back to Luther and Calvin (despite their important differences), runs through Westminster, and used to be what churches did when they didn’t know what else to do. Was it rote at times? Sure. Did some churches use it too rigidly? No doubt. But it was also a better default.”

30-Days to Own Your Business – A compilation of articles form finance to customer service for business owners and entrepreneurs. I haven’t read them all, have you found something interesting here?

My attempt at rolling a bay of hale bale of hay.

The Good Stuff (3/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process! 🙂

Productivity Czar David Allen’s Secret to Getting Things Done – “This brings to bear to prescient points: that our decisions get better when we map them out and that the work we’re flying at presently needs to be grounded in long-term thinking.”

You Never Marry The Right Person – Wonderful article by Tim Keller. A quote that’s awesome at length, “Destructive to marriage is the self-fulfillment ethic that assumes marriage and the family are primarily institutions of personal fulfillment, necessary for us to become “whole” and happy. The assumption is that there is someone just right for us to marry and that if we look closely enough we will find the right person. This moral assumption overlooks a crucial aspect to marriage. It fails to appreciate the fact that we always marry the wrong person. We never know whom we marry; we just think we do. Or even if we first marry the right person, just give it a while and he or she will change. For marriage, being [the enormous thing it is] means we are not the same person after we have entered it. The primary challenge of marriage is learning how to love and care for the stranger to whom you find yourself married.” 

10 Myths About Introverts – I found this extremely self descriptive. I can identify with it.

And for fun….

Use Google as a timer with a simple search command.

One of my favourtie subscriptions on YouTube is Smarter Every Day. This is just one of the videos that make me wish I still studied science!