Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Some things you’ve just “known” all your life by Jessica Hagy at Indexed.

We Can’t Talk About It by Seth Godin at Seth Godin’s Blog.

Time Travel Is Real… by Seth Kadish in Wired.

The real reason unlimited vacation policies work by Mike Volpe at thenextweb.com.

Are you being persecuted? by Rachel Held Evans at rachelheldevans.com.

Thanks For the Shibboleth by Alissa Wilkinson in Christianity Today.

Five Conditions That Lead to Negative Departures of Pastors by Thom Rainer at thomrainer.com

Why Church? by Jeff Cook at Jesus Creed.

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of December 15, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. The Days by Avicii
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 30, 2014
Album: The Days
Released: October 3, 2014
Genre: Electronic

2. Fireball by Pitbull ft John Ryan
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: September 17, 2014
Album: Fireball
Released: July 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

3. Elephant in the Corn by Nickel Creek
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: November 19, 2014
Album: A Dotted Line
Released: April 1, 2014
Genre: Bluegrass

4. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 8
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

5. Secrets by Mary Lambert
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 29, 2014
Album: Secrets
Released: August 19, 2014
Genre: Pop

6. Gods of the West by American Scarecrows
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: November 6, 2014
Album: Yesteryear
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Rock

7. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: November 3, 2014
Album: X
Released: June 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

8. Steal My Girl by One Direction
Last Week: 12
Tweeted: November 17, 2014
Album: Steal My Girl
Released: September 29, 2014
Genre: Pop

9. I’m Only Joking by Kongos
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: October 31, 2014
Album: Lunatic
Released: January 27, 2014
Genre: Alternative

10. I’m Not the Only One by Sam Smith
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: November 13, 2014
Album: In the Lonely Hour
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Pop

11. Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer by Old Crow Medicine Show
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: December 9, 2014
Album: Remedy
Released: July 1, 2014
Genre: Bluegrass

12. Heroes (We Could Be) by Alesso ft Tove Lo
Last Week: 13
Tweeted: November 28, 2014
Album: Heroes (We Could Be)
Released: September 15, 2014
Genre: Alternative

13. Desire by Meg Myers
Last Week: 18
Tweeted: November 26, 2014
Album: Make a Shadow
Released: February 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

14. Hang My Head in Shame by Pete Molinari ft Barrie Cadogan
Last Week: 15
Tweeted: December 3, 2014
Album: Theosophy
Released: June 3, 2014
Genre: Folk

15. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

16. Rainy Day Woman by Kat Edmonson
Last Week: 16
Tweeted: December 8, 2014
Album: The Big Picture
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Pop

17. Centuries by Fall Out Boy
Last Week: 19
Tweeted: November 14, 2014
Album: Centuries
Released: September 9, 2014
Genre: Alternative

18. Oh! Whiskey by Jimi Goodwin
Last Week: –
Tweeted: December 15, 2014
Album: Odludek
Released: March 25, 2014
Genre: Rock

19. Work Song by Hozier
Last Week: –
Tweeted: December 19, 2014
Album: From Eden EP
Released: April 1, 2014
Genre: Alternative

20. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 21
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

21. West Memphis by Lucinda Williams
Last Week: –
Tweeted: December 18, 2014
Album: Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
Released: September 30, 2014
Genre: Folk

22. Somebody to Break Your Heart by Robyn Hitchcock
Last Week: 20
Tweeted: December 4, 2014
Album: The Man Upstairs
Released: August 26, 2014
Genre: Alternative

23. The Wolf is Free by Lily Madeleine
Last Week: –
Tweeted: December 16, 2014
Album: Fumes
Released: August 5, 2014
Genre: Alternative

24. Hundreds of Ways by Conor Oberst
Last Week: 24
Tweeted: December 12, 2014
Album: Upside Down Mountain
Released: April 1, 2014
Genre: Alternative

25. Never Coming Home by Reigning Sound
Last Week: –
Tweeted: December 17, 2014
Album: Shattered
Released: July 15, 2014
Genre: Alternative

 

Dropping off (Last Week’s Rank, Song, Date Tweeted):
• 14. Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene by Hozier (December 1, 2014)
• 22. My Sweet Summer by Dirty Heads (October 27, 2014)
• 23. Death Magic by Rbts Win (December 10, 2014)
• 25. Missing by Southside Desire (December 11, 2014)
• 17. Like That by White Fence (December 5, 2014)

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Your Job May Affect How Your Brain Ages by Christie Aschwanden at fivethirtyeight.com

“The Karl Marx Credit Card – When You’re Short of Kapital” at Climateer Investing

Undocumented Immigrants Aren’t Who You Think They Are by Ben Casselman at fivethirtyeight.com

What Sleep Deprivation Does to Your Brain by Theresa Fisher at brain.mic

A Quiet Suffering and a Gift: Reflections on Singleness by Michael Gehrling at thewell.intervarsity.org

The False Gospel of Gender Binaries by Rachel Held Evans at rachelheldevans.com

4 Overlooked Steps To Picking Songs For Your Worship Service by Carlos Whitaker at ragamuffinsoulcom

I like Jesus. Do I have to be Religious? by Micah Bales at micahbales.com

How to Listen to a Sermon by Scot McKnight at Jesus Creed blog

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of December 8, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. The Days by Avicii
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 30, 2014
Album: The Days
Released: October 3, 2014
Genre: Electronic

2. I’m Not the Only One by Sam Smith
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: November 13, 2014
Album: In the Lonely Hour
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Pop

3. Secrets by Mary Lambert
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 29, 2014
Album: Secrets
Released: August 19, 2014
Genre: Pop

4. Fireball by Pitbull ft John Ryan
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: September 17, 2014
Album: Fireball
Released: July 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

5. Elephant in the Corn by Nickel Creek
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: November 19, 2014
Album: A Dotted Line
Released: April 1, 2014
Genre: Bluegrass

6. Gods of the West by American Scarecrows
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: November 6, 2014
Album: Yesteryear
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Rock

7. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: November 3, 2014
Album: X
Released: June 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

8. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

9. Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer by Old Crow Medicine Show
Last Week: –
Tweeted: December 9, 2014
Album: Remedy
Released: July 1, 2014
Genre: Bluegrass

10. I’m Only Joking by Kongos
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: October 31, 2014
Album: Lunatic
Released: January 27, 2014
Genre: Alternative

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Your Words Aren’t Neutral at secondchance.org

How Leaders Make It Right When They Blow It by Michael Hyatt at michaelhyatt.com

Hurrah For Quitters by Ben Casselman at fivethirtyeight.com

Protecting Turfgrass from Springsteen Fans is One Huge Job by Susan Harris at gardenrant.com

Brianology Comes of Age; or, What Have the Pythons Done for Us? by Sarah Prime in marginalia

 

Lessons from the Church of Satan by Alissa Wilkinson in Christianity Today

Are you ready to try some Holy Spirit Kung Fu? by Micah Bales at lambswar.com

Have a great weekend!

 

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of December 1, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. The Days by Avicii
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 30, 2014
Album: The Days
Released: October 3, 2014
Genre: Electronic

2. I’m Not the Only One by Sam Smith
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: November 13, 2014
Album: In the Lonely Hour
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Pop

3. Secrets by Mary Lambert
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 29, 2014
Album: Secrets
Released: August 19, 2014
Genre: Pop

4. Fireball by Pitbull ft John Ryan
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: September 17, 2014
Album: Fireball
Released: July 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

5. Elephant in the Corn by Nickel Creek
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: November 19, 2014
Album: A Dotted Line
Released: April 1, 2014
Genre: Bluegrass

6. Gods of the West by American Scarecrows
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: November 6, 2014
Album: Yesteryear
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Rock

7. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: November 3, 2014
Album: X
Released: June 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

8. Centuries by Fall Out Boy
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: November 14, 2014
Album: Centuries
Released: September 9, 2014
Genre: Alternative

9. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 16
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

10. I’m Only Joking by Kongos
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: October 31, 2014
Album: Lunatic
Released: January 27, 2014
Genre: Alternative

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Excess Is the Birthplace of Clutter by Millburn & Nicodemus at theminimalists.com

My Secret Weapon For Extra Energy at Work by Michael Hyatt at michaelhyatt.com

The Chemicals Behind the Colours of Autumn Leaves at compoundchem.com

A Behind The Scenes Look At When A Married Man’s Wife And Kids Go Out Of Town by Carlos Whitaker at ragamuffinsoul.com

Top Ten Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests by Thom Rainer at thomrainer.com

Should Your Church Stop Having a Stand and Greet Time? by Thom Rainer at thomrainer.com

10 Reasons Why Saturdays Suck for Pastors by David Hayward at nakedpastor.com

Sex and Sunday School by Amy Julia Becker in Christianity Today

Do I need to believe in God to be a good person? by Micah Bales at lambswar.com

Hymns for Imperfect Saints: “The UnAmerican” by Brent Bill at holyordinary.blogspot.com

Singing as a Spiritual Discipline by Sean Palmer at Jesus Creed

Hymns for Imperfect Saints: “Mercyland” by Brent Bill at holyordinary.blogspot.com

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of November 24, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. The Days by Avicii
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 30, 2014
Album: The Days
Released: October 3, 2014
Genre: Electronic

2. I’m Not the Only One by Sam Smith
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: November 13, 2014
Album: In the Lonely Hour
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Pop

3. Secrets by Mary Lambert
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 29, 2014
Album: Secrets
Released: August 19, 2014
Genre: Pop

4. Fireball by Pitbull ft John Ryan
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: September 17, 2014
Album: Fireball
Released: July 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

5. I’m Only Joking by Kongos
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: October 31, 2014
Album: Lunatic
Released: January 27, 2014
Genre: Alternative

6. Elephant in the Corn by Nickel Creek
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: November 19, 2014
Album: A Dotted Line
Released: April 1, 2014
Genre: Bluegrass

7. Gods of the West by American Scarecrows
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: November 6, 2014
Album: Yesteryear
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Rock

8. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

9. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
Last Week: 15
Tweeted: November 3, 2014
Album: X
Released: June 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

10. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

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Best Weeks of the Link

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Mark Cuban’s 12 Rules for Startups by Mark Cuban in Entrepeneur

Get organized to run meetings effectively by David Caolo at unclutterer.com

No One Can Tell You How Much Snow We’ll Get This Winter — At Least Not Yetnby Harry Enten at fivethirtyeight.com

Hymns for Imperfect Saints: “City of Immigrants” by Brent Bill

Hymns for Imperfect Saints: “Good Light” by Brent Bill at holyordinary.blogspot.com

Hymns for Imperfect Saints: “If Only Avenue” by Brent Bill at holyordinary.blogspot.com

Stewarding Ideas by Stephen Brewster at stephenbrewster.me

The Bible’s Special Word about Singleness by Scot McKnight at Jesus Creed

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of November 17, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. The Days by Avicii
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 30, 2014
Album: The Days
Released: October 3, 2014
Genre: Electronic

2. I’m Not the Only One by Sam Smith
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: November 13, 2014
Album: In the Lonely Hour
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Pop

3. Secrets by Mary Lambert
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: October 29, 2014
Album: Secrets
Released: August 19, 2014
Genre: Pop

4. Fireball by Pitbull ft John Ryan
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: September 17, 2014
Album: Fireball
Released: July 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

5. I’m Only Joking by Kongos
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 31, 2014
Album: Lunatic
Released: January 27, 2014
Genre: Alternative

6. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

7. Elephant in the Corn by Nickel Creek
Last Week: –
Tweeted: November 19, 2014
Album: A Dotted Line
Released: April 1, 2014
Genre: Bluegrass

8. My Sweet Summer by Dirty Heads
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: October 27, 2014
Album: Sound of Change
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Alternative

9. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

10. Gods of the West by American Scarecrows
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: November 6, 2014
Album: Yesteryear
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Rock

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

The 4 Pillars of Disney Tradition by Stephen Brewster at stephenbrewster.me

How to Prevent Unnecessary Conflict by Dan Rockwell at leadershipfreak.com

You See Sneakers, These Guys See Hundreds Of Millions In Resale Profit by Lisa Chow at fivethirtyeight.com

This Pastor Crowdfunded $4 Million To Help Sponsor 982 Adoptions by Nathan Pyle at Buzzfeed

Eight Trends about Church Members on Social Media by Thom Rainer at thomrainer.com

Catholics Are More Progressive Than The Vatican, And Almost Everyone Else by Carl Bialik at fivethirtyeight.com

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of November 10, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. I’m Only Joking by Kongos
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 31, 2014
Album: Lunatic
Released: January 27, 2014
Genre: Alternative

2. I’m Not the Only One by Sam Smith
Last Week: –
Tweeted: November 13, 2014
Album: In the Lonely Hour
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Pop

3. The Days by Avicii
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: October 30, 2014
Album: The Days
Released: October 3, 2014
Genre: Electronic

4. Secrets by Mary Lambert
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 29, 2014
Album: Secrets
Released: August 19, 2014
Genre: Pop

5. Demon by Tin Can Gin
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: October 6, 2014
Album: Tin Can Gin
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Alternative

6. Fireball by Pitbull ft John Ryan
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: September 17, 2014
Album: Fireball
Released: July 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

7. My Sweet Summer by Dirty Heads
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: October 27, 2014
Album: Sound of Change
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Alternative

8. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

9. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

10. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 8
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

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