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Time for another round of Christian blog and news links for the whole family. In the past we would often begin and end here with cartoons, but the whole question of fair use gets muddy sometimes, especially when humor meets illustration. I’ve studied the permissions statements of some of these and can’t reconcile what I read with what seems to be ubiquitous online. So we decided to run one, since it’s been awhile. Click the image to visit Reverend Run’s site.
- The question many reading this may face: Should a Christian go for counseling with a secular therapist?
- Essay of the week: The New Music Business, or Why I am No Longer Friends With Derek Webb. No, it’s not what you think.
- Social justice and religious freedom: The ten worst countries in the world when it comes to persecuted for Christian belief. The list and a video.
- Meanwhile in the relative Christian security of the U.S., lists are published of the top five churches using social media best.
- A ministry leader affirms all the good things he learned from Willow Creek, while at the same time confessing to the sin of methodolatry.
- What to say when someone is suffering. Your theodicy is probably determined by your theology. And that affects how you answer the “why” questions that will never fully go away.
- At the risk of continuing yesterday’s theme here ad infinitum check out Wade Burleson’s How To Kiss Calvinism Goodbye.
- Most of us have heard of Mormon baptisms for the dead, but in the first half of LDS history, baptisms for health were more common.
- Looking to give a book to a non-Christian friend, neighbor, relative or co-worker, but sure which one to give? Lots of good ideas can be found at Books for Evangelism.
- Lest someone think we have a vendetta against James MacDonald, we’ll bury this story in the middle of the link list: A popular teacher is dismissed from a Harvest day school for questioning the authenticity of church camp conversions.
- Taking their cue from U.S. federal politics, the Southern Baptist Convention yesterday re-elected their first black president, Rev. Fred Luter. Church Curmudgeon tweeted: “Houston, it will take much prayer and fasting to cast out this denom.”
- What if you have a calling to local church ministry, but also an understanding that you’re not quite ready? Here are eight tips on what to do in the meantime.
- Your Bible translation dollars at work: A Bible for Texans. “Don’t y’all not know that y’all are the temple of God?”
- But in North Texas, another high school graduation speech is cut short for its references to God and faith.
- Okay, serious translation issues: How the ESV managed to change two words to singular case while every other translation had the words plural.
- The Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church of America have jointly produced Lift Up Your Hearts, a brand new hymnbook with over 800 entries. Wait a minute; what’s a hymnbook?
- I’ll let this one introduce itself: “I love Al Mohler. I love 99% of his articles. I didn’t love his 2013 Summer Reading List. What a litany of bloodshed, suffering, death, and destruction! I’d hate to see the Winter Reading List.” Then he offers some alternatives.
- Here’s some reading for any woman considering the transition from SAHM to working mother. It’s sometimes a decision of career vs. tentmaking.
- And now Queen Elizabeth is being dragged into the gay marriage debate.
- Enough with the Sunday morning announcements already: Here are seven alternatives for your church to consider. Some people won’t like #5, though.
- For the church webmaster — and everyone else — to consider: Is your church website attractional or missional? This article could revolutionize your online presence.
- From our Folk Theology corner: Twenty theological urban legends. You may be guilty of accepting a few of these yourself.
- Sometimes worship leaders find themselves faced with a very popular worship song that people want to sing that they happen not to personally like.
- Don’t like the priest or rector touching the communion bread or wafer? Maybe he should get a Purity Communion Solutions Host Dispenser. And yes, it’s an older video, but the item is still available.
- One year after we first mentioned it, Cardiphonia is still offering entire album downloads for $1, or even less.
- Just in time for summer at a church near you: Why VBS Scarred Me As a Kid. Is that scarred or scared? Guess it’s all the same.
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