I want to do something different this week and begin with a link to a page that contains about a dozen other links. Last week seven influential pastors gathered together to discuss “the elephant in the room” — several of them actually — at the appropriately titled Elephant Room Conference. Trevin Wax does a subject-by-subject set of links to two other bloggers, Canada’s Chris Vacher and Arizona’s Jake Johnson. It’s not full transcripts, just what you’d expect to post yourself if you were listening with two ears and typing with two fingers (or thumbs).
The Elephant Room subjects and speakers were:
- Session 1: Preaching to Build the Attendance vs. Preaching to Build the Attendees
- Matt Chandler & Steven Furtick
- Session 2: Culture in the Church vs. Church in the Culture
- Mark Driscoll & Perry Noble
- Session 3: Compassion Amplifies the Gospel vs. Compassion Distorts the Gospel
- Greg Laurie & David Platt
- Session 4: Unity: Can’t We All Get Along? vs. Discernment: My Way or the Highway
- Steven Furtick & James MacDonald
- Session 5: Multi-Site: Personality Cult vs. God’s Greater Glory
- Perry Noble & Matt Chandler
- Session 6: Money?
- David Platt & James MacDonald
- Session 7: Love the Gospel vs. Share the Gospel
- Greg Laurie & Mark Driscoll
…I know, I know; now you’re curious. There are a lot of interesting quotations from this one-day conference, which originated at one of the Harvest Bible Chapel locations and was simulcast to 15 U.S. and one Canadian location. So here again is the magic link. Also, Zach posted a video clip from the conference yesterday.
And now here’s the rest of this week’s blog connectivity:
- Yesterday marks one year since the passing of Internet Monk founder Michael Spencer. His wife Denise shares Michael’s approach to adventure.
- Tony Campolo suggests to Huffington’s readers that there’s other dynamics at play in the saga that might be called, “The Rise and Fall of the Crystal Cathedral;” dynamics owing to the changing ethnic demographics of Garden Grove, California.
- Here’s a special link to the first chapter of former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson’s book Unplanned — file opens as .pdf .
- If your first name is Tim and your second name begins with Ch—, chances are you have a new book about pornography. First it was Tim Challies, and now Tim Chester.
- Summer is coming! If you want to get dirty on the streets of Philadelphia with Shane Claiborne’s Simple Way community, here’s how you connect to attend events.
- Donald Miller buys a copy of Love Wins online and offers a straight-forward and concise review.
- For all you worship leaders out there: Here’s how to tell if you’re a classical music nerd.
- This one’s from 2007, but our YouTube link this week asks the musical question, “What if Worship was Like an NBA Game?“
- From the blog, Small Steps to Glory, here’s a look at a modern day Goliath (well the height part anyway) which gives some perspective to the “David And” story.
- At Arthur Sido’s blog this week, I discovered this trailer for an upcoming documentary on the education system, Indoctrination.
- For all you techies out there, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to broadcast your church services on the internet.
- 130 Churches in Calgary, Alberta, Canada are coming together to raise $1.5M to reduce the mortgage on a transitional housing facility established in 2009.
- Proverbs 3 promises us, “When you lie down, you will not be afraid;when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” So then what about those of us who simply don’t get a good night’s sleep. Ryan rumbles through a topic that I totally identify with.
- If you find the links I run to religion stories at CNN and USAToday a little too American for you and you’d like to explore stories from the broader world of spiritual interest, here’s the link to the religion page of Reuters News Service.
- send your own link suggestions by 8:00 PM EST on Monday.
- Today’s picture: Songwriter Mandy Thompson cures writer’s block by going analog:
- I’ve always had a huge interest in the spiritual themes that turn up in the comic pages of the daily newspaper. Comic writers can say things in ways others cannot. I’ve used Dennis the Menace — now drawn by Marcus Hamilton — here a few times, with the result that one of the panels now hangs in my office. Here’s another kids-eye-view of God as only Dennis can see it: