This is, without doubt, the most amazing link list I’ve ever posted this week:
- Phil Johnson wonders what Mosaic teaching pastor Erwin McManus is thinking with his production of “Casket” — wherein a guy stages his own funeral — as the play appears, in Phil’s opinion, relatively devoid of anything close to a proclamation of the gospel. Read the piece and its comments at Pyromaniacs.
- All the money being donated for Haiti is being ‘parked’ in a contingency account for the next emergency? That’s the suggestion of an anonymous disaster relief worker at this “Stop Donating!” post on the blog Solar Crash.
- Tony Campolo explains why he’d like to add “Do You Hear The People Sing?” from Les Mis and “The Impossible Dream” from The Man of La Mancha to the repertoire of your church’s worship team (!) at this interview on Christians and the Arts at the blog The Virtual Pew Daily.
- Randy Alcorn re-examines the notion that our charitable giving should always be done in secret. Yes, he knows that it was Jesus that suggested that, but he offers a fresh look at that passage, and a few others at Eternal Perspective Ministries.
- Ever feel like you’re invisible? Jeff Leake embedded this six-minute YouTube video featuring Nicole Johnson, which he says he also used at last weekend’s services at his church. Check out his blog, The Launch Pad.
- Darryl Dash doesn’t think it was intentional, but somewhere along the line, the “invocation” or “call to worship” which once started most Evangelical worship services, became the “welcome,” which isn’t really the same thing. Check out this short but important post at DashHouse.
- The Post is titled, “How Much Weight Do We Grant To Experience?” though a better, albeit somewhat longer title might be, “What are the Advantages of Aligning Oneself with Groups That Have Frequently Encountered Opposition?“ Okay, maybe the short title works just as well. This interesting topic over at Pastor Matt‘s blog is begging for more of you to jump in.
- Horror of Horrors! Here’s a blog post is devoted to eight things Paul Clark enjoyed about “the little church” he visited last weekend; but it begins with describing the place as “the small church we are acquiring as a future satellite.” It’s like the head of Starbucks saying how much he enjoyed having a coffee at the little neighborhood shop they’re about to demolish. Well, actually there’s more to it than that. Check out, “What I Liked.”
- Andrew Jones aka Tall Skinny Kiwi summons all the courage he has to go inside a… wait for it … Christian bookstore. Apparently these places frighten him. Read part one of the hair-raising account.
- David Fitch suggests that if the church you’re visiting next Sunday is truly missional, there are eight things you should notice right away. Actually, we think these eight things should be present regardless of other considerations. Check it out at Reclaiming The Mission. Excellent article.
- Reformed blogger Kevin DeYoung suggests that if we’re going to toss around the phrase “social justice” we would do well to define it first. Read his “Modest Proposal” at DeYoung, Restless and Reformed.
- This one takes us back to December 21st (that’s light years ago in blogging terms) and a refreshing list of “redefinitions” of commonly used religious terms at the blog Kingdom Grace.
- Pastor Mark Driscoll approaches the 14-year anniversary of Mars Hill Seattle with some things he would do differently he could.
- Not enough links here? How about a list of the Top 55 Pastor Bloggers. That’s what it’s called. Some of them are really links for pastors. Check it out at the Online Christian Colleges site.
- Our cartoons this week are from A Time to Laugh drawn by Aussie comic artist John Cook.
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