It’s an honor that would have made Rich Mullins blush.
The GMA (Gospel Music Association) will induct Rich Mullins, writer of “Awesome God,” into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame at their inaugural GMA Honors Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, April 29th at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. The event celebrates those being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame as well as individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture globally both past and present. Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant are the first performers announced for the ceremony, with more to be added.
The GMA honor comes on the heels of the Color Green Films Ragamuffin movie inspired by the life and legacy of Mullins whose tour launched earlier this year and is currently screening across the nation.
source: Christian Cinema
The movie has been on a tour of single-night showings across the U.S. since January, due to wrap up at the end of May. A full list of remaining venues is available here. Here is a short trailer:
Mullins left a legacy of great songs — including Our God is an Awesome God — but this will always be my personal favorite:
Another one was the powerful song Creed, a declaration of faith and doctrine which we featured here.
I realize that I may not get to see this until it is released on video, but I would not want to miss this story.
Too much rain in England, too little in California. Snow and ice in Texas, a balmy 70-degrees at the Winter Olympics. Whether you believe these are the end times, or simply attribute it to global warming, either way, it’s time to pour a coffee and read this week’s link list.
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- What if the people who put their energy into this pessimistic, satirical church website had instead created an actual fruit-bearing church that non-Christians would want to attend?
- The face of Evangelicalism in the UK is somewhat monopolized by programs managed by the ministry conglomerate, Holy Trinity Brompton.
- One of the stars of National Geographic’s Snake Salvation is dead of a snake bite. He is also reported to have refused medical intervention.
- One survey is suggesting that only 11% of young Christians could come up with an answer to the “Why Wait?” question.
- Move over, Systematic Theology, there’s a new theological textbook in town.
- A Philadelphia reporter looks at a Catholic and a Mormon congregation experiencing very different states of financial health.
- Christian rapper Bizzle has reportedly received death threats following the posting of a video that is a response to a song sung at the Grammy Awards.
- The latest faculty member at Southern Evangelical Seminary & Bible College in Matthews, N.C is a robot. Current duties include frightening a cat, but its role will increase in a study of human-machine relationships and ethics.
- Pastors: Check out this succinct summary of three lessons learned in an art gallery on maintaining unique ministry vision in a copy-and-paste world.
- Not sure if there was a swimsuit competition, but one writer has composed a list of the top 60 Evangelical theologians…
- …but one astute reader noted that absent from the list was Roger Olson.
- Kirk Cameron’s Unstoppable film from Provident Pictures tops the Christian DVD chart this week.
- Reconciling the Old Testament God and the New Testament God may be rooted in a wholly Trinitarian understanding of both.
- Straining at gnats and swallowing camels? Forget the young-earth/old-earth controversy, the in thing this week has to do with camels in Genesis.
- Tired of the same old ministry models? How about a marijuana ministry that offers cannabis compassion?
- Missional churches are naturally opposed to the big-box, attraction church model, but even in that context, there is a need for collective, corporate gatherings.
- From the land down under — you may need enhanced internet service — 10 rules for preaching the parables.
- Uber-blogger Tim Challies has kicked off a new series dealing with “some of Christianity’s most notorious false teachers.” Begin with Arius, who didn’t believe Jesus was co-eternal with God.
- A Mennonite pastor notes that his church’s discussions about sexuality often omit specific references to sin.
- Lost video treasures: Here’s an alternative rendering (that’s a clue) of the popular worship song 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord).
- Essay of the Week: What kind of world do your kids choose to live in?
- A blogger who is in the middle of converting from Christianity to Judaism interviews someone who has ‘de-converted’ from Christianity to atheism. A Christian writer says such stories “are like blood in the water for circling skeptics.” Read her reaction.
- Not sure why they published this as a women’s book, as I know a few guys who also feel their world is crashing: You’re Going to Be Okay is the newest from Holley Gerth.
- The latest conflict between pro-life ideals and abortion inducing drugs doesn’t involve an organization concerned about health care spending; this time it’s about a pharmacist.
- When a converted lesbian spoke at Wheaton College, some students organized a demonstration, though not necessarily against the choice of chapel speaker.
- Despite being in a “people business,” many pastors are terrible at leading their own staff. Clout author Jenni Catron suggests three reasons.
- Okay, just hypothetically, what if Evangelicals had this type of website? (Catch the last video, Attending a Mormon Church Service — three hours with no coffee break — also on YouTube.)
- Who knew? There’s a blog with a high Technorati rating called Theology For Girls.
- I liked this book, but with some language issues, it’s not for sale at CBD.
- If you transition from a megachurch to a small church plant, you’ll need to adjust your worship singing volume.
- Finally, I just had to go to Yahoo Images and look up Salvation Mountain upon hearing that its creator died this week. (Technically, it was God that made the mountain…)
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I couldn’t decide whether my intro should tie in with Halloween or All Saints Day, so I decided to play it safe and just get to this week’s links…These links don’t actually link to anything other than today’s Out of Ur version of the list!
- The UK has become Biblically illiterate to the point where while watching the Monty Python movie, Life of Brian, viewers no longer get the humor.
- The Liberty Convocation videos on YouTube are a Who’s Who of Christians thinkers and leaders. Last week they welcomed National Community Church pastor Mark Batterson.
- Essay of the Week: This one will leave you speechless. A writer shares her heart in the middle of a marriage that seems like a giant mistake.
- Analogy Avenue: One more response to John MacArthur’s conference, this one invoking transportation (trains and the lunar rover) from author Mark Rutland.
- So here is possibly the last word on that kid who was given the name Messiah, and the challenges that could create.
- After Natalie Grant and Wow 2014, the number 3 position on the Billboard Christian music chart goes to Bryan and Katie Torwalt. “Who,” you ask? They’re part of Jesus Culture, and sound like this.
- Randy Alcorn engages the subject of pro-life organizations that use explicit photographs to reinforce their anti-abortion message.
- The authors of the non-Canonical gospel texts hoped that they would be taken seriously. It’s our job, however, to eliminate the late stories and isolate the early eyewitness accounts, even though we’re tempted to do otherwise.
- The only thing noteworthy about an article that advocates for Christians to enjoy dancing, is when you find it at the website of Associated Baptist Press.
- When your kids have a question, do they ask you, or do they automatically take all their questions to a search engine?
- If you get struck by lightning twice in the same day, you may be correct in assuming that God is trying to get your attention.
- When you read the Bible, do you follow the Flyover Route, the Direct Route, or the Scenic Route? David Kenney reviews a new NLT edition I’ve had my eye on for awhile: The Wayfinding Bible. (Tyndale Publishing, you have my address!)
- Resource of the Week: You’ll want to bookmark (or share) Sam Storms’ eleven factors that can destroy objectivity in Bible hermeneutics, along with his basic rules for Bible interpretation.
- Passionate Teaching: I always love it when Wheaton College’s Dr. Gary Burge drops in for a midweek service at Willow.
- In Detroit a female Bishop in a Baptist denomination informed her congregation that for more than six months she has been married to another woman. And then she resigned.
- After a week of focus on Steven Furtick’s house and John MacArthur’s conference, who would guess our attention on the weekend would be on Mark Driscoll, as evidenced here, here and here?
- Meanwhile, Furtick debriefed his church on all the attention they’ve been getting.
- Here’s another article suggesting you take an Internet hiatus. What makes this different is that it spells out exactly how to keep important messages coming. (Don’t all of you do this however, or nobody will be here next week!)
- Here’s a link that gets you eight more links…to eight short newsletter articles the National Association of Evangelicals published on the subject of Holy Humor. (Includes some writers you know well.)
- …And speaking of links to other links, here’s what an Academic edition of the Wednesday Link List might look like. (Brian LePort publishes one of these each week.)
- 48% of teenagers have received a sexually explicit message on their smartphones. A mobile monitoring system offers some advice applicable to youth workers.
- Get Religion is a media analysis site which last week looked at the coverage of the baptism of England’s Prince George from two different perspectives on what wasn’t mentioned.
- Got 3 minutes? Turns out Eric Niequist, the brother of Willow Creek’s Aaron Niequist has a film company which recently completed this very short film.
- That wraps up this week’s list. If we could end with a cartoon, it would be this one.
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