Thinking Out Loud

February 1, 2012

Wednesday Link List

Ideas are always welcomed, but I’d especially like to hear from people who are in touch with electic Christian bloggers from outside North America. 

As for the drum kit (above) the blog where I sourced it (click image) says it’s claimed to be the largest drum set in the world by a church in New York state.  Can someone verify this?

  • Okay, I can’t say I’ve read every single word, but this exhaustive article on the subject of tithing is probably the best I’ve seen — author and Canadian financial consultant Leo De Siqueira really poured himself into this — but you have to read  all  three  parts.
  • Despite the popularity of the recent TV series “Big Love” and the current Broadway hit, “The Book of Mormon,” a Reuters special report quotes Mormon leaders admitting that people are currently “leaving the church in droves.” Apparently all the pop-culture attention is a double-edged sword.
  • The news story playing out about an hour down the road from where we live — involving the ‘honor killings’ of four family members — got worldwide coverage this week, and Get Religion looks closely at press coverage both in and outside Canada.
  • A tarp now covers a prayer in a high school auditorium after a federal judge ruled its presence unconstitutional; … a poem a seventh-grader wrote in 1963 that begins with the words “Our Heavenly Father”  Karen Spears Zacharias sees an irony involving the 16-year old who brought the complaint.
  • Jeff Bethke, the guy who did the viral video, Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus (now at 18,000,000 views) is back with Sex, Marriage and Family. “You might share a checkbook and a house, but are you actually friends?”
  • If The Shoe Fits Department: At least one Roman Catholic blogger thought the Bethke video was directed at his denomination, and filmed a response. Then he disabled comments, though a few got through.
  • Call me old fashioned, but you just don’t expect to see “Allah” in a scripture translation project sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators.  But before Jack VanImpe is all over this, let’s hear the explanation.
  • If you go to a certain ministry job-finding site, the greatest need right now is for worship pastors. But Jim Greer thinks we’re putting too much emphasis there and advancing the wrong paradigm.
  • Meanwhile, Willow Creek (and former Mars Hill Grand Rapids) worship guy Aaron Niequist as released A New Liturgy. Brad Lomenick introduces the project and its promo video.  If you already know Aaron’s music, check out (and download) Liturgy #2.
  • Pete Wilson sits down with Will, a friend and neighbor, who describes living with the consequences of childhood sexual abuse.
  • When times get tough and the pews get barren, the church gets resourceful, but blogger Josh Rhone thinks they’re taking The MacGyver approach to church.

    Wednesday List Lynx arrives late to the party

  • In the modern church, especially the American megachurch, kids are conspicuously absent, doing their own thing in a Kid Min program.  But that doesn’t fit every situation, hence the need for the Messy Church template.
  • Brett Harrison explains carefully his decision about his tattoo, which, for the record, he didn’t actually get yet.  (Not sure about the one he wants to give his 2-year old,  though.)
  • Kerri Weems offers some fasting recipes.  Wait a minute, I’m confused, isn’t that a contradiction?
  • Speaking of food, while Christianity Today isn’t switching to a format featuring restaurant reviews, they do pay a visit to The King’s Kitchen in Charlotte, NC.
  • Meanwhile, in other part of the galaxy: This is Your Wake Up Call Online is the website of Chief Inspiration Officer, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie. Research it and get back to me, okay?
  • The graphic below originates with the photoblog Spiritual Inspiration. There are some you can use on your blog or Facebook page which are perhaps better quality than the one I chose, but I was really struck by the quotation.

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4 Comments »

  1. Breath of Worship Church in Lakeville New York – possibly the world’s largest drum set: 135 drums, 125 cymbals, 235 chimes and bells, 7 blocks, 10 cowbells, a train whistle and a symphonic gong. More here: http://blog.mydot.com/post/Worlds-Largest-Drum-Set-Plays-for-God.aspx including video.

    Comment by Clark Bunch — February 1, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

  2. Good spot on The Tithing Debate included in the links here! Had this issue out with 2 pastors (both from the Free Methodist Church of Canada) who are mandated to teach tithing as part of the church curriculum. In part, this tithing hullabaloo caused us to abandon this denomination as it’s part of their core disciplines. We were actually told by pastor ‘x’, “If you want to know how much you’re supposed to give to the church – simply look at your GROSS paycheck figure and move the decimal over one place!” The other pastor insisted on showing this moronic ‘Tithe Rap’ video (several iterations out there) as part of the morning services. Yikes.

    Check out an ‘Xtranormal formatted’ animation cartoon on Youtube called, “The Trial of Pastor Jones”. Saves you having to read the loquacious article if you haven’t time.

    Another great document is ‘Eating Sacred Cows’. Very informative free downloadable book.

    Compos Mentis

    Comment by Compos Mentis — February 1, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

  3. As far as the drum set is concerned, if you go to the Guinness web site there is no record for the largest drum set recorded, even though he keeps claiming it is.

    Comment by Rebecca — May 17, 2012 @ 2:11 pm


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