Thinking Out Loud

May 2, 2012

Wednesday Link List

Maybe the guy who took this picture has a dirty mind, but I suspect he wasn't the only one who wasn't getting the message the Baptist church hoped for. Overall, I think these changeable letter signs do more harm than good.

Wednesday is here again.

  • Forget the 2012 Olympics; here’s the lineup for the UK’s Greenbelt 2012.
  • Also across the pond: An Anglican vicar quit the Church of England and took half his congregation with him… to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, about 500 yards up the street.  Which brings us to…
  • Canada’s national newspaper columnist and talk-show host Michael Coren has a follow-up to Why Catholics Are Right, the new book’s title is Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity. Which leads naturally to…
  • Elizabeth Esther is raising her kids with a denominational salad bar of church experiences.  “…by exposing our children to all forms of Christianity, we were giving them a better appreciation for the bigness of God’s love and God’s family.”
  • Just weeks before he was about to graduate, founder of “Do Right BJU,” Christopher Peterman was expelled from Bob Jones University, after the university made a public statement that no students would be expelled for the protest.
  • Here’s the first of two links to blogger friend Jon Rising: This deals with saxophonist and former President Bill Clinton’s affection for praise and worship music, a curiosity Jon’s been tracking for years.
  • The second link to Word and Spirit is also political: With an election dawning in the land of the free and the home of the brave, people are busy re-circulating those Is Barack Obama a Christian? emails. Jon points you toward sources for answers.
  • “You wouldn’t update the language in Shakespeare, so why would you want to change the language in the Bible?” Eddie Arthur spots the obvious flaw in that logic.
  • Also at Kouya Chronicle, a link to this summary of the “Translators’ Preface” to the 1611 KJV. Sample: “It is an embarrassment (or should be) to King James-only advocates because it contains statements from the translators that are in direct opposition to the KJV-only position. It is most unfortunate that this pref­ace is no longer included in modern copies of the KJV.”  More on this here and here.
  • If you want to review a men’s ministry title, ask the former chaplain to the Toronto Blue Jays. David Fisher reviews Dallas and the Spitfire: An Old Car, An Ex-Con, and an Unlikely Friendship. Summary: “This book journals a new style of discipleship, not your typical ’12 Steps to Mentoring a Man for Christ’ format, but one where two guys decide to get down and dirty and restore an old Triumph Spitfire.”
  • A member of the Schuller family turns up on the platform of the Crystal Cathedral on Sunday; the choir is back to 60 members, and Kay Warren was the guest speaker. It’s deja vu all over again.
  • Street Evangelist Leon Brown deals with the three most common objections to the gospel. [Via Zach, who saw it on Thabiti ... it's like a Tumblr reblogging!]
  • The project we’re doing this month on YouTube involves posting obscure music that is of historical interest to the history of contemporary Christian music.  We found this one already there, but badly in need of more visits: From the era of Andraé Crouch, here’s Bili Thedford’s classic song Miracles.
  • And speaking of YouTube, you can’t do any better for some quick quotations from top speakers — including Francis Chan and Michael Frost — than this collection from The Verge Network‘s recent conference. Of course, they’re teasers to encourage sales of the conference DVDs.
  • From the Saturday links at iMonk: Need prayer, but just don’t have the time to park your car, walk into the church, kneel down and seek the Lord? No problem. This Florida church has the solution for you — Drive-thru prayer.
  • Also from Jeff’s Saturday Ramblings:  A Brazilian actor paid the ultimate price while playing the role of Judas during the Passion Play.
  • Remember the connection between Colton Burpo in the book Heaven is for Real and a young girl’s paintings of Jesus? Here’s a four-minute updated profile of artist Akiane Kramarik.

This one is better than the one at the top of today's post, but who exactly is it directed toward? If you're already a member, you already know this, that's probably where most of the parking spaces lie. But if you're visiting, should you walk around to the front?

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5 Comments »

  1. I haven’t even read the list yet, the church sign caught my attention. It isn’t real. That sign was created the same way I made this image: http://themasterstable.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/church-sign-mt.jpg

    You could make that sign say anything. The site I’m linking has 12 new designs and 5 “classic” ones. The image above is “Classic 1″ at the bottom of the page on the left. See for yourself: http://www.says-it.com/churchsigns/

    We live in interesting times, huh?

    Comment by Clark Bunch — May 2, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    • I’ve used online sign generators myself, so I’m quite familiar with most of them. I always approach them with a healthy degree of skepticism, but I guess I missed this one.

      Still, it’s a rather classic example of some of the ridiculous things people put on these things without consideration for how the public might read them.

      I’m offline for the next several hours, when I return we’ll see if it stays or not. (But then I’d have to delete these comments!!)

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — May 2, 2012 @ 9:11 am

      • I’ve seen that message before; no doubt real churches with real signs have used it. You could leave the picture and the comments and let it be a lesson for others.

        I did read the link list, and posted one of the entries myself. I found Leon Brown quite excellent.

        Comment by Clark Bunch — May 2, 2012 @ 10:27 am

  2. [...] not the first blogger to link this.  Props to Paul Wilkinson and the Wednesday Link List. Share this:TwitterFacebookMoreEmailPrintDiggStumbleUponRedditLike this:LikeBe the first to like [...]

    Pingback by Leon Brown Responds to Common Objections to the Gospel « The Master's Table — May 2, 2012 @ 7:35 am

  3. Paul, thanks for the link yesterday! Much appreciated, my friend. I really enjoyed that book.

    Comment by epistle — May 3, 2012 @ 2:07 pm


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