Healthy churches love good resources! Below are my top seven recommended resources for 2016. Please note that these are not my top all time recommendations or even my top recommended resources for the moment. The list below contains resources that were either released in 2016 or came to my attention over the last 12 months. Perhaps there is something in here that you may find helpful or encouraging.
I’ve enjoyed reading and listening to Thom for years; however, this is the first year that I signed up to receive his daily blogs. Short, concise, and well researched, I’d recommend that every Christian subscribe. How about this? Try it for a month. If you do not agree, unsubscribe. Here are Thom’s top posts for 2016: 1-5 and 6-10.
Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. While I’m not ready to endorse everything that Moore writes, I have yet to read anything by Russell Moore that did not provoke me to think more deeply on the gospel and culture. His exegesis of the culture is as thoughtful as his exegesis of Scripture.
3 Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Tim Keller
My 2016 pick for Christian book of the year. If the title and author alone does not compel you to read this book, there is nothing else that I can say. (A special thanks to a friend who secured a pre-released copy for me!).
Each book contains short articles on profoundly important topics for the church.
The Bible Project produces short videos on books and themes of the Bible. My favorite is Heaven and Earth, but be sure to try more than one.
6 Is Black Lives Matter the New Civil Rights Movement? By Mika Edmondson
As a 42-year-old white pastor, I needed Mika Edmondson to come along side me to help me better understand BLM from both a historical and biblical perspective. I am not asking everybody to agree with Mika, but I am asking everybody to listen to him on this subject.
I saved this final pick for my friends in ministry. Are you a pastor that wants to maintain the ability to read and understand the ancient languages that you learned in seminary? Rob Plummer, New Testament professor at SBTS, may be able to help. Each day, you can receive a two minute “Daily Dose of Greek” video to keep those skills sharp.
Do you have any 2016 resources to add to this list?