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
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.
Time for another episode of Link-O-Rama…
The linkology lecture resumes; with this week’s being more diversionary than anything else…
- Pete Wilson has now posted the full 20-minute interview he did with Heaven is For Real authors Todd and Colton Burpo. The full interview was played in all services on Sunday as part one of the church’s 3-week Glimpse series.
- The Christian Post reports that rapture prophet Harold Camping was heading home from hospital on Monday after suffering a mild stroke. (HT: Bene)
- Christianity Today returns, a year later, to talk with Adam Young, aka Owl City, but the musician’s excessive shyness forces an email interview.
- Michael Krahn looks at the “me, myself and I” individualism in modern worship music, but also cautions about over-correcting.
- Southern Baptists are facing declining numbers, especially in an area near and dear to their faith: Baptisms are at lowest numbers since the 1950s.
- Ron Edmondson offers seven ways to get the most out of your overall experience of church life.
- There were a couple of pieces at Christianity 201 this week that I was quite pleased with, though they’re too long to run here. One was a Christian counselor discussing what it means to put something “on the altar.” The other was a piece by Rooms author James Rubart remixing the story of the Prodigal Son.
- J. Lee Grady looks at baby Storm, the Toronto child whose parents want to raise him/her as an individual without specific gender; and the resulting confusion that creates.
- James MacDonald says that the congregational form of church government is from Satan. Yes, he really said that last week. The firestorm resulted in this response on Monday. Is it tongue in cheek? (In tomorrow’s Our Journey devotional, readers will discover that MacDonald believes that we should pray to God and not to Jesus. I read the paragraph three times to make sure, and that after getting a phone call on it.)
- An unusual request for a minister to receive: We want you to marry us, but just don’t mention God. Should he do the wedding?
- Her-meneutics writer Karen Swallow Prior thinks that when congressman Anthony Weiner says that texting isn’t adultery, he’s actually illustrating the mind-body dualism known as Gnosticism.
- Yes, heaven is for real, but didn’t we already know that? Greg Thornbury is worried about the weight being placed on an extra-Biblical account.
- Time for a couple of video links. This one is from 2007 and was filmed using all the latest technology. (HT: J-Walk)
- Unless you have pre-schoolers at home, or have no sense of musical integrity, you’ll need a strong stomach for this one, but Darrell at Stuff Fundies Like has uncovered The Potato Chip Song, a bus ministry song on YouTube. Maybe you should read the article first.
- And this fits right in: If your church sends out postcards or notes when you miss Sunday worship, perhaps there’s more to those notes than what you see.
- Our cartoon this week is from Mick Mooney at the blog Searching For Grace; a new comic with only eleven strips so far.