Resurgence roundup, 2/15/13

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Sail through the flood of information with our weekly Resurgence Roundups. Each Friday, we will share a list of articles across ministry tribes that our team has found helpful with the hope of serving you well.

Sovereign grace, spiritual gifts, and the pastor: How should a Reformed pastor be charismatic?” by Tope Koleoso

A message from Tope Koleoso, preached at Desiring God’s 2013 conference for pastors, “Brothers, We Are Still Not Professionals: Reclaiming the Centrality of the Supernatural in Ministry.”

God is looking for a few good men (and women!)” by Greg Laurie

Jesus is alive and building his church, and he has invited us to participate in his amazing work. Have you accepted his invitation? If not, Greg Laurie encourages you to answer his call on your life.

Could the next pope be from Africa or Latin America?” by Eric Marrapodi and Catherine Shoichet

This article on CNN’s On Faith blog talks about how the selection of the next pope highlights Christianity’s shift from the United States and Europe to the southern hemisphere: Latin America, Asia, and Africa. For an older, yet equally insightful post on this same transition, be sure to also check out Philip Jenkins’ Atlantic article “The Next Christianity.”

5 biblical responses to public opinion,” by James MacDonald

What do the opinions of others say about us? How should we respond to them? James MacDonald helpfully answers both of these questions in this short video.

Leader sorry for Newtown pastor’s reprimand,” by the AP

Communication is not only about what you say, but how and when you say it. In this story, the president of a Lutheran denomination has apologized for reprimanding a Newtown, Connecticut, pastor who participated in an interfaith prayer vigil in apparent violation of the church’s constitution.

Five common mistakes made by leaders when they speak,” by Thom Rainer

“Many of the failures in leadership are failures to communicate well. No matter how smart we are or how good our strategies are, they are doomed for failure if no one understands them.”

Faithmapping: An interview with Mike Cosper,” by Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer talks with Mike Cosper, the pastor or worship and arts at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, about his and Daniel Montgomery’s new book, Faithmapping, a term Cosper defines as “our attempt to clarify the relationship between the gospel, the church, and the world.”

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