Some heart-warming, thought-provoking, brain-stretching stuff this week – just what you want for your Bank Holiday weekend!

1) Five Common Mistakes of Urban Church Planters – Some helpful reminders and pointers.

2) Hymn List from Together for the Gospel 2017 – Looking for a mix of hymns, ancient and contemporary? Check out the list of those sung at this year’s TGC conference.

3) Planting Collective – This look set to be a great day conference in June on church-planting from Co-mission, FIEC and Acts 29.

4) Ten Theses on the Benedict Option – Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option is everywhere at the moment, especially now that Rod’s published his proposal for the future stance of the Church into a book. This response from Andrew Wilson is well worth a read.

5) Is Every Promise ‘Yes’? Old Testament Promises and the Christian – This edifying talk from Jason DeRouchie, one of the faculty at the John Piper-founded Bethlehem Seminary, will give you a great perspective on how the whole Bible fits together and points to Jesus Christ.

6) Pastoring in a Secular Age – Much to think through here from Mike Cosper.

7) Who’s In Charge of the Christian Blogosphere? – This piece from Tish Harrison Warren naturally caught my attention this week. I think it was Uncle Ben in Spiderman who said, “with great power comes great responsibility”.