This is oh so very realistic. Sourced at Cake or Death in case you want to contact Alex Baker about using it.
Last week I was trying to explain the basics of grace to someone who is searching through a number of spiritual options. I alluded to the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery, and also the story of the lost (prodigal) son, and realized in both cases that the person I was speaking with was not conversant with either story, so I had to backtrack and fill in the details.
Honestly, it felt strange to have to go back and say, “So there was this woman who was caught in the very act of adultery;” or “A man had two sons and the younger wanted his share of the father’s estate without having to wait around for his father to die;” especially in the environment that I was in sharing the story. I was cutting directly to the punchline as it were, but the person on the other end of the discussion had no idea who these characters were.
Link and the world links with you… The cartoon? See item 4 below:
- First and foremost here this week: Pray for blogger Keith Brenton and family.
- Here’s an obscure 2009 blog post that proves that pastors do indeed get asked the toughest questions. Betcha never heard this one.
- So that everyone gets a fair start to the race, here’s a five minute video as to how to become a Pope.
- Peter Enns notes that the bloggers are again off and running, criticizing the Rob Bell book they haven’t read.
- Save Saeed: Over 333,000 individuals have signed the petition to save American Pastor Saeed Abedini; imprisoned in Iran. He is cut off from contact from his wife and young children; he has no voice. Yet, each time someone signs the petition for his freedom, they lend their voice to the fight for his freedom.
- Essay of the Week: Jenny Rae Armstrong — The Missionaries Brought the Bread of Life But We Choked on the Packaging.
- Not every day I click over to the religion page at Canada’s National Post and see a giant picture of Larry Norman.
- The Amish are buying power tools. Sort of. This a link to a five-minute NPR (audio) story recorded at an Amish trade show. There’s also a written report on Amish computers.
- A researcher discovers a classic 19th century hymnal with “social justice themes … reflected in hymns protesting against child labour and slavery.” And hymns lamenting “unrighteous taxes.”
- A Florida student is forced to change out of a t-shirt that encouraged abstinence into one that raised its own moral questions.
- While these articles abound online, someone reading this right now may need to look at these six warning signs of depression.
- Anabaptist theology is becoming… well… trendy. Here’s one blogger’s list of those who he considers either recent or long-term members of the Anabaptist camp. (Some of them unofficially…)
- You might never find this on an album, so enjoy Steve Bell’s song to his wife on their 30th anniversary.
- We mentioned professor John Walton here a while back, here’s a 30-minute video of him teaching on the book of Job.
- Not sure if I’ve linked to this before or not: In its third year, the online Dictionary of Christianese. Here’s an example of the detail they get into with the phrase red-letter Christian.
- BibleGateway.com has added The Voice — a translation using dramatic script style — to its list of available Bible versions. Users of the online service get instructions in how to use this unique text.
- Know a worship leader looking for ideas? You can’t do better than clicking all the links in the comments section of this week’s Sunday Setlists.
- Also worship related: A New Zealander analyzes the CCLI Top 25 list for his country to see where popular worship songs originate.
- Or how about a written response to that currently popular video on writing a worship song.
- And now, courtesy of Ron Edmondson, we pause for a word to the small town pastor.
- Got a question about Satan aka Lucifer aka The Devil? Michael Patton provides some answers that I 98% agree with. Okay 99.
- Here’s a very detailed album review of Zion, the newest from Hillsong United.
- Our cartoon is a favorite around here, Mike Morgan’s For Heaven’s Sake. If you don’t get the punchline click this.
If you remember Cornerstone Magazine after which the festival was named, you might remember the Oboe Jones comic by Kevin Frank which appeared 27 times in the mag. In 2011, Kevin uploaded all the comics. You choose an edition and then click on the image, and then click the little magnifier thing to see it full size.
Now, I know Kevin doesn’t like it when bloggers embed his stuff — physically impossible with these anyway – so you’re going to have to click through for this one, but the particular link here is a great memory of the Cornerstone Festival, in this case the one from 1994. (But somewhat representative of all of them, the last one I attended being 1986.) If your internet connection can handle something 5,000 pixels wide, click through for Postcards from the Web. (The teaser sample here is just a very small part of a much larger scene.) You might even find Waldo, though I’m not sure if Waldo is there to be found.
You can also catch up with Kevin’s more recent work at KevinFrank.net
Try to have your link suggestions in by 8:00 PM EST Monday.
- What happens when Anabaptist convictions and Catholic worlds collide? An interview with Jesus For President co-author (with Shane Claiborne) Chris Haw on his latest, From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart.
- CNN did an exhaustive profile on the father/son relationship between Charles Stanley and Andy Stanley. (Skip the comments, though; no wonder media outlets are shutting down their religion blogs.)
- For those of you with high speed internet, Duke Taber has a collection of ten contemporary Christian Christmas songs — never thought I’d have to construct a phrase that way — to put you in the mood for 12/25.
- For pastors, worship leaders, and church leaders in general: A contrast between success and fruitfulness in ministry.
- Some Arminians don’t want to include open theists in their group because it gives credence to a Calvinist belief that Arminianism is part of a slippery slope toward… open theism. Roger Olson explains.
- At Daily Encouragement, we were recently informed that in some parts of Asia, the equivalent to “How Are You?” is “Did You Eat?” We have much to be thankful for.
- Carolyn Arends and her 14-year old son are on opposite sides of the table when it comes to creation theory, as are many Evangelicals.
- Now, see, if we were into sensationalism, we’d include a link to the one about the 80 year old priest who bit the ear off another clergyman.
- Or the one where Pat Robertson dismisses the whole David Petreaus scandal as something to be expected. (And here’s the word he used.)
- A church an hour east of Toronto, Canada is using a mobile app as a major part of its church growth strategy.
- Albert Mohler thought the election results were an “Evangelical Disaster,” but one author thinks maybe it was a good thing.
- Inside Perspective: What does it look like when the funeral protestors show up in your own home town?
- When she’s not biographing Justin Beiber, Cathleen Falsani is following U2′s Bono to Georgetown University, where she summarizes the evening and includes a video of his full address.
- Mark D. Roberts referred to an author I remember reading, Ben Patterson who taught him to remember that our words should please God.
- Renown atheist Penn Jillette of magic team Penn and Teller has included the Bible in his list of six favorite books. Of course he’s being cynical.
- This links takes you to the channel for articles by Anna Heydenrych, an author women will resonate with, whose column Coffee Break originates with Gateway, a South African Christian news portal.
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.
It’s Wednesday, but Friday’s a-coming!
- A very well-crafted response from Eric Metaxas over the decision by Lifeway Christian Resources to pull a DVD off their shelves — a movie that was described by some as saturated with Christian values and example.
- Should churches use automated voice-message systems? People find them annoying, but email isn’t really effective.
- Not surprisingly, lots of flack from Mormons over their cover story in Bloomberg Businessweek.
- Meanwhile, here are five points from a Canadian cult expert on where LDS teachings diverge from Christian orthodoxy.
- A Christian and a Muslim join together to urge hotel executives — not on religious grounds but in the name of decency — to rethink the pornographic television channels in their properties.
- A rare video interview with the entire Hybels family: Bill, Lynne, Shauna and Todd.
- Jenni Catron debriefs the rather brief appearance of protesters from Westboro Baptist at Crosspoint Church last Sunday.
- Eighteen years after her 1994 album release on Sparrow Records, Cheri Keaggy is back with a new CD, So I Can Tell.
- Exodus International, a ministry to gays and lesbians, has just undergone what Scot McKnight calls a “colossal shift” in its position on reparative therapy.
- Got 40 minutes? Enjoy a sermon by Substance Church pastor Peter Haas, a young communicator with a young church in Minnesota/St. Paul, author of the forthcoming book, Pharisectomy. (Teaching starts at 7:59)
- Got $2.2 million (US)? You could be considered a serious buyer for pastor Ed Young’s house.
- Rob Horsely reviews Part of Me, the documentary on gospel singer turned pop sensation Katy Hudson aka Kate Perry; while at the same time the singer is on record as praying for acceptance of same-sex marriage.
- Does your worship leader sport tattoos? Jon Acuff thinks the church bulletin should have a note explaining the symbolism.
- It’s a short meditation that’s worth the click: Carlos Whitaker on Prayers that Scare the Crap Out of You.
- Does your church march in local parades? If churches in your area do, they often send counter-productive, negative messages. But progressive churches need to do it differently to reach the large crowds.
- Meanwhile, USAToday’s religion page is suggesting that an increasing number of churches are switching to Wednesday Worship during the summer.
- A “Spiritual Themes” panel for cartoonists and fans happens at the most recent Comic-Con.
- Love finding free music. Probably this is old news, but here’s a free six-song download of Rich Kirkpatrick’s Drink The Divine. Or just listen.
- Note re. submissions: If any part of your blog or website is “powered by Google” it is increasingly unlikely that it will end up linked here. Page loads are taking up to ten times longer.