Let there be links.
In a week that is overshadowed by developments at The Vatican it’s hard to find other religious news stories, but we tried.
- Two Afghan children that Shane Claiborne met a few weeks ago were killed by NATO troops.
- N.T. Wright comes at an old issue in a new way, and offers his reasons why women should be in pastoral ministry.
- An Australian TV outlet does a 14-minute exposé of Hillsong Church with a particular axe to grind concerning the church’s tax free status.
- Is the way forward in church planting that the pastors will have other jobs; be bi-vocational? Well, yes and no.
- Francis Chan talks to Canadian interviewer Moira Brown about leaving his church and starting up again in Northern California. (This is a part two of two-part interview; 15 minutes each.)
- Want more transparency in the church? How about this Belgian church constructed in 2011 out of transparent steel?
- And a church that treated its former pastors like trash held a service of apology and reconciliation.
- If you tell people you don’t smoke because your body is “a temple,” then you need to know that in 2013, sitting is the new smoking.
- A new digital edition of “the quad” the four books of Mormon scriptures includes some editorial changes reflecting “shifting official view on issues like polygamy, the Church’s history of racism, and the historicity of LDS scripture.”
- It’s not too late to send a gift: Benny Hinn and former wife Suzanne were scheduled to be remarried last week. And since that link was older — but detailed — the answer is yes, it happened.
- Mark Burnett tells Inside TV that “weird things” happened as they filmed The Bible miniseries. You’ll like the snake handler’s report.
- Have trouble starting a spiritual conversation? Start by asking questions.
- “Teenage girls aging out of foster care and/or orphanages are known as the highest ‘at risk’ group in our nation. It’s estimated that a teenage girl on the streets will be approached within 48 hours by a pimp…” Read the stats and one city’s game plan.
- Christian rapper Lecrae is performing along side his mainstream music counterparts at SXSW, the South by Southwest festival…
- …And Canadian Christian rapper Manafest is writing a book.
- Found a great devotional site this week… Here’s a piece about following Jesus versus walking ahead of Him…
- …And the updated list of the Top 200
CalvinistChristian blogs is now online; or at least one person’s version of it.
- The offbeat ‘gay worship band’ story got way too much coverage last week which is why I would never link to it.
- Here’s how Religion News Service was handicapping the race to be Pope on the weekend. Even though this final four may be old news by the time you read this, I left it here for comparison (if RNS keeps it online).
- A greater concern for the cardinals during a conclave week is if it goes into overtime and finds them running out of clean laundry.
- Graham Kendrick has greatly reconstructed an old hymn into something new; check out Oh The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus.
- People from five religious ‘tribes’ will try to convert Catalina an atheist — who looks slightly like Tina Fey — on the latest contest from The Drew Marshall Show titled Soul Survivor.
We leave you this week with a classic scene from Meet The Parents.