Shepherd Links – 9/15

Prophet Links

New Theologian, May I Have a Word? As a wise man once said, “Desire without knowledge is not good” (Prov. 19:2; cf. Rom. 10:2). And knowledge without love? Utterly nothing (1 Cor. 13:2).

How to Get a Do-It-Yourself MA in Political Philosophy Back in 2005, Joe Carter asked readers of his blog to contribute their suggested reading lists for a “do it yourself MA” in their subject areas. I [that is, Justin Taylor] put one together for political philosophy and he was good enough to post it.

Avoiding Logical Fallacies in Theology Michael Horton provides some examples of informal logical fallacies, which should be avoided when writing a theological paper in his classes (and, of course, in all of life!).

Prophet Links

Stay Messy, My Friends Here are three areas we can stay in the thick of the messy ministry that is fertile soil for gospel joy.

Counseling the (Really) Hard Cases Sexual abuse. Schizophrenia. Anorexia. Porn. Postpartum depression. Paralyzing fear. Bipolar disorder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dissociative identity disorder. Addiction. Adultery. Homosexuality. Soberingly, the list goes on. Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scriptrure, edited by Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert, offers refreshing hope.

The Pastor as Peacemaker God is not looking for more hot-headed, pugnacious gunslingers who specialize in shooting first and asking questions later. If God wanted us to fly off the handle all the time he would have given us wings. Scripture doesn’t ask pastors to kick butt and take names, but it does require the Lord’s servant to be kind to everyone and able to teach with patience and gentleness.

King Links

How To Run Your Meetings Like Apple and Google Careers have been built on poking fun at meetings. From commercials to comic strips it’s no secret that most of us would rather be, you know, working.But there’s good news: Rapid experimentation with meetings in the past decade by startups and Fortune 500 companies alike has produced a new set of rules to consider. Here are three that seem to be universal.

Working From Home Makes You More Productive There are plenty of legitimate reasons to work from home: it saves gasoline (if you drive or take the bus), eliminates commuting time, and on the company side, it means that less office space is needed to accomodate employees. Now there’s another reason, backed by a study from Stanford: People who work from home are more productive than those that don’t.

10 Quotes from Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders While the book is aimed at management and leadership at businesses the principles are applicable and valuable for any person in leadership. Here are 10 of my [that is, Barnabas Piper] favorite quotes from the book.