Catch this week’s links at Out of Ur, the blog of Leadership Journal, a ministry of Christianity Today.
Link and the world links with you; lurk and you lurk alone…
- A Texas pastor believes the R-rating a small budget film received was intended to limit exposure to its faith-based message.
- In one of their best articles ever, Justin and Trisha Davis suggest six questions that will transform your marriage.
- So, if you had to narrow it down, what might make your list of the most influential Christian books of all time?
- Can you honestly be said to possess a real faith if you keep it to yourself?
- Barely days into a new school year, and the president of Pat Robertson’s Regent University resigns.
- Christian publishing’s best known cold case detective suggests that what appears to be radical opposition to Christianity is often only volitional resistance.
- Veteran touring and recording Christian group Superchic[k] is disbanding.
- Many of you probably know about this, but if you don’t, bestcommentaries.com provides suggestions for each of book of the Bible of the two best commentaries.
- Essay of the Week: Any parent who gets a letter like this from their 15-year daughter has much to be thankful for.
- When a pastor is daydreaming, he’s possibly imagining himself quitting the ministry.
- A woman who is married to a man who is also same-sex attracted gives us an inside look at their marriage and five things we need to know.
- Going deep: All of our quirks, mistakes, and, yes, sin, make us the kind of people who wouldn’t enjoy spending eternity with God. We need to go beyond sin management.
- Rick McKinley reflects on finding the upside when surgery or injury leaves you sidelined for a season.
- I love it when Adam Young, aka Owl City, posts something like this.
- He was the pastor of seven churches before becoming a secular humanist. Last month, for the first time, he posted the letter he sent his congregation describing his journey.
- Your moment of peace for the day: Fernando Ortega singing Jesus, King of Angels.
- Though he was raised Catholic himself, a blogger responds to a Catholic article attempting to refute the concept of sola scriptura.
- Blog scoop of the decade: Pastor and author Rob Shepherd brings the third of his exclusive interviews with Jesus.
- After a feature on NBC news, a blog post by Kim Hall, the Director of Women’s ministry at All Saints Presbyterian in Austin, Texas went viral. The topic? Girls who take suggestive selfies and boys who can’t un-see them.
- In Cape Town, South Africa, a meeting called Underground Church is similar to David Platt’s Secret Church, only on a different scale.
- Future flash-forward: I love reading about next generation people driven to use media to impact their world, like this Kickstarter project for the movie Heart of Faith.
- Four kids. One big store. One hour. A big dog. The kids are each allowed to choose one thing. What do you think they will select?
- My primary source for online Bible reading is BibleGateway.Com which is also related to Christianity Today somehow, so I don’t want to bite the proverbial hand. But if your look-ups are impaired by a bad memory, BlueLetterBible.Org has a secondary search that lets you get 3 out of 5 words wrong and still find the verse (maybe) and BibleServer.Com is great for foreign language searches.
- On my own blog this week: Looking at some similarities between two megachurch pastors from two different eras.
- And finally, how did we miss this July 1st press release: “A new research project at Oxford will examine whether animals benefit or suffer thanks to religion.” I know that for me, “animal-friendly” is what I’m looking for in a belief system.
Our opening graphic is from the blog Abandoned to God.
** Derek Webb, All Sons and Daughters, Robbie Seay Band, Charlie Hall, Shane & Shane and Shaun Groves are among the 45 artists on #SongsForWest, a fundraising album download for West, Texas with a suggested $10 donation.**
Here’s this weeks links:
- Opening Link: A pastor and his wife in Watertown, MA are caught in the middle of a shootout in the wake of the Boston bombings. “We were trapped, with active gunfire on three sides of our home.”
- Here’s another new movie to be aware of, opening in US theaters on Friday: King’s Faith.
- Watch (or listen to) a great sermon by Gary Burge preached midweek at Willow Creek a few weeks ago. Check out Acts 11:1–18. Once you’re 5 minutes in, I guarantee you’ll want to finish.
- An journalist who had originally interviewed Megan Phelps-Roper in 2011 before her departure from Westboro Baptist Church offered some additional detail and updates on her story.
- This one is disturbing. Seems that people serving at Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church are being asked to sign some type of loyalty/confidentiality agreement, with legal consequences if you break the contract. Never criticize your pastor.
- A Minneapolis preacher is still in the pulpit at age 105. “Noah Smith has no plans to retire — ever. He said he tried that once when he was 90 and it didn’t work out too well.”
- Here’s how one church kid defines his faith. But if you’re in Christian Education or Youth Ministry, his response is somewhat disappointing.
- By contrast, here’s Greg Koukl at Stand To Reason with a 7-minute video describing an appropriate response to the question, What is Christianity? (He actually gets to it at the 2:40 mark.)
- For those can’t enough of blogging, here’s the direct link to Faith Village’s Java Juice Blog House which we featured here a few days ago…
- …And if you’ve got friends investigating Christianity or just starting out, here’s Faith Village’s Square One.
- Pete Wilson’s Cross Point Church has a daughter church in India which he tries to visit as regularly as possible. Last week he suddenly learned his visa was denied, and he was summoned to India’s embassy in Washington, DC. Now he’s been granted a six-month visa, which isn’t quite the 5-year one he had…
- …And here’s a 2-minute audio clip on YouTube of Pete discussing people who leave his church, or arrive from somewhere else because they weren’t being fed.
- After ten years of keeping us aware on several social issue fronts, veteran Christian blogger La Shawn Barber moves on to other platforms.
- Your church needs to rethink tithing options in a world where nobody writes checks (or in some countries, cheques) anymore.
- Our blog discovery of the week is Anabaptistly. Established in Spring 2011, recent activity includes a number of Eugene Peterson quotations like this one.
- Another blogger notes audience reaction to the movie 42.
- The people who use GodTube sure like music reality show clips from X-Factor or [Name of Country]‘s Got Talent. Here Simon Cowell is led to believe a man is going to impersonate a whole choir.
- If homeschoolers aren’t already over-represented on social media, now they have their own theme song.
- Yea! We made another Top 200 Ministry blogs list!
- More links all week on Twitter.
- Finally, in our Truth is Stranger Than Fiction department, Jamie The Very Worst Missionary is breaking all her own rules and going on a women’s retreat. Say it isn’t so!
A closing word from Francis Chan:
Wednesday List Lynx
Lots of good stuff this week. Take the time!
- The Seventh Day Adventist Church is celebrating a 150-year anniversary, though as a group that believed in very immanent return of Jesus, the anniversary is a bit of an embarrassment.
- Clay Gentry goes really deep on those “phantom” scripture verses, including some principles many people think are contained in the Bible but aren’t…
- …And here are two other verses you know well which the author of this article says technically don’t exist the way you know them.
- When the leader of a seminar on marriage is asked how many times a week a couple should be intimate, it’s probably safest not to give a direct answer.
- Sorry to learn of the passing yesterday of Billy Graham crusade soloist George Beverly Shea. He was 104 years old. Yes, 104. “I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today…”
- Know someone in ministry who is in their 60s but has the outlook of a 30-year old? Or someone who is 40 going on 75? The Leadership magazine What’s Your Ministry Age? survey from 2009 is still online!
- Song of the Week: How about an Indian flavor for How Great Thou Art.
- Readers weigh in on a concern about a woman who dresses inappropriately at both church and her work as a middle school teacher.
- Ever heard of the TLV? It stands for Tree of Life Bible. Guess you don’t read Bible Hunter. Much more info there on obscure Bibles, be sure to look around.
- Speaking of Bible translations, here’s five questions that I guarantee some KJV-Only advocates can’t answer.
- This is weird. An entire blog seemingly devoted to frustration over Tim Challies’ penchant for possibly deleting more blog comments than he accepts. Or so it seems to that blogger.
- Rob Bell is blogging. Well, that would be too mainstream, it’s actually a tumblr.
- Our son Chris sent us a demo of a song he recorded a few months back. Click here to listen to Afraid and click “show more” in the description to see the lyrics.
- Homeschooling: Two items — Why more people are homeschooling and a theory on why the U.S. administration wants to deport the German homeschoolers.
- A UK church offers hymns and readings for iPad over the church’s wifi for the visually impaired. (HT)
- The book isn’t brand new, but here’s a review of When Helping Hurts a title growing in popularity as it seriously studies the short term missions industry.
- Canadian street preacher Nathan Colquhoun guests on Moody Radio’s Up for Debate show.
- Pensacola Christian College sued one of its alumni over an internet domain name. This from a college that teaches Christians aren’t supposed to resolve disputes in court.
- Later this year, a hymnal printed in 1640 could get $30 Million (US) at auction. It could be the first book ever printed in what is now the United States.
- There was a link list here on Sunday… please visit and add your comment re. the graphic at the bottom.
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|About the Blogroll:
This blog has a rather interesting link list in the sidebar. Blogs mentioned are chosen because they are (a) faith focused and (b) posting regularly. The doctrinal flavor of the blogs listed is quite varied, but I don’t include blogs that appear to have more “agenda” than content. Some blogs are listed somewhat permanently, some disappear and return a month later. Together, they represent almost one fifth of the bloggers that I have bookmarked in my computer and read regularly. Some of the blogs appearing in the Wednesday link list end up on this page later on, while others have a key post that I feel is worth mentioning, while at the same time I haven’t gotten to know them well enough yet to establish them as a link or imply endorsement. Recommendations are invited.
We either start off with really serious issues and end with something silly, or we do it the other way around. Today leads off with the latter:
Okay, we need some serious links also, right?
- Here’s a re-issue of a classic 2004 Michael Spencer post at iMonk where the fallibility of those in vocational ministry hits full force.
- In another re-print, Pete Wilson quotes Peter Scazzero on the American Church and the American Dream.
- Or check out Will Mancini’s take on how success in ministry adversely affects pastors.
- Here’s an interesting thought: If your church permits women preachers or allows women as elders, who ‘permits’ and who ‘allows’? Chances are it’s men. Hmmm. Kathy Escobar elaborates.
- The sad story of Jack Schaap continues with a plea agreement, followed by being taken into custody on the 20th, with a first court appearance scheduled for today (26th).
- Brian McLaren guests at CNN’s religion blog to discuss Islamaphobic Evangelical Christians in light of recent events in the Arab world. Also a response and video interview from Tony Jones.
- Also at CNN’s Belief Blog/News page, the 15 Amish people who last fall “sheared” the beards of other Amish people could face ‘recommended’ prison terms of 17 years.
- October 28th to November 4th is WRAP Week (White Ribbon Against Pornography) an annual event that creates a useful opportunity to raise the issue of pornography within the Church, and to call all Christians to renewed lives of sexual purity and freedom; and a project of the Salvation Army USA. Here’s the poster. Here’s info about the film Somebody’s Daughter.
- Veteran Christian Band The 77s are touring in October. If you missed them, here’s an audio of one of my favorites. (Two Ontario dates are available!)
- After Monday’s post about canonization, I realize how little I know about other faith traditions… Just when I think I have the rosary figured out, there’s prayer ropes for the Orthodox.
- I was wrong last week; the national Canadian Christian talk show hosted by Lorna Dueck has actually been out under the Context format (with a live audience that Listen Up never had) for over a year.
- Two articles on supporting your pastor(s): One from Lisa Robinson at Parchment and Pen, and one from Keith Brenton at Blog in My Own Eye.
- Sometimes I find about blogs from the “God Blogger” segment on The Drew Marshall Show. This week it was Timothy Dalrymple.
- Also this week discovered the blog, Hieropraxis while trying to track down a female apologetics expert, Dr. Holly Ordway; one of a few in what is otherwise more of man’s game.
- The funny graphic at the top of this post is actually from a very serious 2011 article, The Mega-Problem of Mega-Churches.
- …And the closing cartoon is from Dave Walker at CartoonChurch.com, but when I tried to find it for a proper link, I couldn’t. This one is from the blog Digging a Lot.
Not enough links for you? The new Top 200 Church Blogs list is out.
This week’s links include:
This week’s links include:
- A project that Church Relevance linked to last week, The Refuge OKC (as opposed to OC) a group of people sent to live in an interact with downtown Oklahoma City.
- A very focused blog reflecting a Christian surgeon’s perspective on the subject of sleep. Surrendered Sleep is must-reading for those struggling with insomnia.
- A news story concerning 12-year old Christian girl in Pakistan is found with burned pages of the Quran, which constitutes blasphemy and is punishable by death.
- A book review of Out of the Comfort Zone, the authorized biography of Ray Comfort, apologist and evangelist and partner-in-crime with Kirk Cameron.
- A ratings report on American Bible Challenge, a new Bible knowledge show on The Game Show Network (GSN) hosted by Jeff Foxworthy.
- A publishing industry story on author Dee Henderson who returns to Christian bookstore shelves in October after a long absence.
- A consideration that begins with the similarity between introverts in the church and people who go to monasteries.
- A rather sad but very accurate satire from SFL on the nature of scandal in the fundamentalist movement, Church Sex Scandal Bingo.
- A second link involving Church Relevance, this one an original piece about the need for generalists in a specialist world.
- A new music artist that Brad Lomenick linked to last week, Ryan Edgar, complete with 30-second previews of several songs.
- A not-so-new music band that specialized in heavy metal turns up at Christianity 201 singing a ballad about Jesus’ crucifixion.
- A link first seen on Challies.com for Scott Fillmer’s excellent Five Reasons We Should Still Read The Book of Leviticus Today.
- A second steal from Challies — sorry, Tim — is this unnamed individual who finds a unique way to protest a Joel Osteen appearance. 1
- A book trailer for Steven Furtick’s second title — reviewed here last week — Greater: Dream Bigger, Start Smaller, Ignite Gods Vision For Your Life.
- A church website for people who complain that church websites are only about maps and service times. The location is there if you look hard. 2
- A song — I Believe — from the musical The Book of Mormon which showed up on our radar after the LDS feature on NBC’s Rock Center. 3
1 Be sure to click the link inside to the .pdf of the actual pamphlet he created. I wonder how other preachers and evangelists would fare if their language was under the microscope in this manner?
2 It could be argued that this website exists only for the convenience of the people in the church’s local community, but ‘online church hopping’ is becoming a global phenomenon. True the address is actually there in plain sight, but the usual maps and directions escaped me after ten minutes of searching. If I had just moved to the area…
3 This link is valid until after the next show is broadcast, probably tomorrow (Aug 30). There are versions of the song elsewhere on YouTube but this one had the lyrics.