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October 8, 2013
August 14, 2013
I thought we’d kick off with something timely for back-to-school from Zazzle.com:
Here are this week’s links, and one or two I accidentally left off last week’s list. As usual you need to scoot over to Out of Ur for the actual linking.
- Yeah, I know. Three links to Dictionary of Christianese in six weeks. But how I could pass when the word was narthex? Meet you in the narthex when you’re done reading the rest of the list.
- A trailer is out for a movie celebrating 40 years of England’s Greenbelt Music & Arts Festival.
- Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love is an all-time Christian fiction bestseller. Now, word that after many years, Bridge to Haven, a new title, will release in spring 2014.
- Essay of the Week: A Facebook fast isn’t fasting. Actress and writer Hannah Rivard guest posts at The Rebelution, the blog of Alex and Brett Harris.
- A Tennessee judge rules you can’t call a child Messiah.
- The above item reminds us of a story we did a few months ago: In New Zealand you can name a kid Faith, Hope or Charity, but not Justice. (They turned down two Messiah’s there also.)
- Because your kids’ picture Bible storybooks tend to be family friendly, odds are that these five stories didn’t make the final edit.
- Related: A serious management feasibility study on how Noah got all the animals to fit inside.
- At Stuff Christians Like, a few lines of dialog that even your adult Bible is missing.
- The best articles on Bible translation are always written by people who actually do Bible translation.
- Despite being on record as not wanting to speak to certain topics, it turns out that C. S. Lewis actually did address homosexuality.
- You’ve heard him on radio, now meet the face behind the voice: Christian financial planning expert Dave Ramsey takes to video.
- If we believe in the priesthood of all believers, does that by definition diminish the need for structured leadership?
- Another outdoor concert stage collapse, this time involving Christian bands MercyMe and The Afters at the Cleveland County fairgrounds.
- The names have been changed to protect both the innocent and the guilty: A tale of two pastoral transitions.
- We may be on a journey to eternal life, but a Pew Research survey claims that only one in three of us want this life to last eternally.
- David Hayward aka The Naked Pastor is the latest Christian blogger to try the podcast thing.
- Confession isn’t just good for the soul, it’s necessary for taking steps toward a holy God.
- In the Assemblies of God denomination, growth is taking place, but their trademark distinctive, speaking in tongues, is on the decline.
- Is it blasphemous or just plain vulgar? A UK vicar claims the former Archbishop of Canterbury rode in her car and wasn’t disturbed by her edgy and controversial bumper sticker. [Content advisory]
- Related: Describing her book as “a messy profanity- and prayer-laden theological memoir,” the Sarcastic Lutheran aka Nadia Bolz-Weber introduces Pastrix. No wonder reviewers like myself aren’t being given advance copies. Here’s a video trailer. [Much stronger content advisory: NSFCO (Not safe for church offices)]
- In your local church, do you have the gift of diapers or the gift of chairs?
- Hoping to flee what they consider U.S. government interference in religion; a family ends up lost at sea.
- I never know how to end the list each week, but the Canadian in me is drawn to this.
One thing I really miss with the new arrangement is the feedback from readers on particular links. So feel free to comment either here or at Out of Ur.
August 11, 2013
I love this post from Stuff Christians Like last week with guest writer Stephen Pepper. You can read it here, but you’ll miss the other suggestions readers at SCL added. So click through to 20 Conversations The Bible Left Out
Have you ever wondered what’s missing from the Bible? There are so many people whose lives are covered over the course of thousands of years in the Bible, millions of situations and conversations will have gone unrecorded.
To try to fill in some of that gap, here are 20 conversations the Bible left out.
Noah: Told you so.
Jonah: And I pray for traveling mercies…
Job: Relax – what’s the worst thing that could happen today?
Eve: Should I wear the green fig leaf or the brown fig leaf?
Lot’s friend: Please could you pass the sa….. Sorry.
David: I’d give Bathsheba a good side hug.
Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego: I’m sorry; we’d prefer not to eat meat. We we’d rather eat Bob, Larry and Jr instead.
Isaac: Um, Dad – this game of “Tie your firstborn son to an altar and hold a knife above his head” doesn’t seem like it’s the most age-appropriate game we could be playing.
Balaam: Your voice doesn’t sound like Eddie Murphy’s.
Abraham: “I have many sons. Many sons have I.” I’m sorry Sarah – the song will never catch on.
Saul / Paul: I’ve just had a real Road To Damascus experience.
The Magi: Our love language is giving gifts.
Person at the feeding of the 5,000: Do you have a gluten-free vegan option?
Noah’s wife: Really Noah? Cockroaches?
Jabez: I wonder if one day someone will write an entire book based on two sentences that I prayed.
John The Baptist: Ooh, that’s a really nice shiny platter – why are you bringing that into a prison?
Solomon: I don’t understand why my 700 wives think I don’t spend enough time with each of them.
Paul: Was it Philippians, Phillippians, Philipians or Phillipians?
Samson: Because I’m worth it.
Adam: What do you mean, why did I call that a hippopotamus? Look at it – it so looks like it should be called a hippopotamus.
Question: What other conversations do you think the Bible didn’t include?
(For more great writing from Stephen, check out his blog here.)
August 7, 2013
March 6, 2013
September 26, 2012
February 13, 2012
I guess there’s a part of every serious blogger that once in awhile wishes they had a Tumblr blog. They could just post a picture or two and be done in five minutes or less! Here are some things that were lying around the picture file. Unfortunately, I don’t know where some of these originated.
The first one is labeled “Jesus Bus.” Ever met someone who would be likely to drive this? I have.
Maybe they know these people. Just think how many people get saved each time these vehicles drive by.
This next one poses an interesting theological problem: What sport does God watch?
This next one repeats a theme we’ve shown here before. I guess an obvious pun is worth repeating. Obviously. It’s rather unfortunate however that the image lampooned here has become so recognizable.
This one appeared here years ago, and I firmly believe it was inspired by a certain church in Garden Grove, CA. Welcome to Lego Church!
I think this one is Jon Birch at ASBO Jesus.
Here’s where Bible study meets practical advice:
This one is from Worth1000 a site with weekly contests for photographers and (more often) photo manipulators! It’s one of the first pictures I ever downloaded. (Okay, it’s not manipulation, it’s art.) It’s called Nations in Harmony.
I could keep this up all day, but shouldn’t we be doing something more productive? I’ll leave you with this one, a church made out of matchsticks. If you’re bored, you can grab some matchsticks and see what you can produce.
If you would have preferred something of greater substance, there were some good posts here over the weekend, and of course you can type “Wednesday Link List” into the search bar at right, and you’ll be connected to nearly 90 link collections each having a minimum of ten connections to the best of the Christian internet.
December 5, 2011
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October 26, 2011
So what’s your take-away from today’s cartoon? It’s from the book God is Dog Spelled Backwards by Julia Cmaeron and Elizabeth Cameron; not for sale at your local Christian bookstore.
- The Seattle Mars Hill church (Mark Driscoll) decided to go after other Mars Hills churches to try to protect its brand. But then the church realized its reaction was a little over the top.
- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter becomes the latest Christian author, signing a two-book deal with Zondervan.
- The Occupy London protesters forced the closing of St. Paul’s Cathedral mostly due to fire concerns.
- Speaking of the UK, a man there writes on his Facebook page that he believes marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman, and next thing you know he’s demoted at work with a 40% pay cut.
- If you have an iTunes account, you can click this link for an interview with Steve Carr, the founder of the non-profit Flannel film company that produced Rob Bell’s NOOMA videos and Francis Chan’s BASIC series.
- Paul Crouch, Jr. has left the family business, aka The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) to “pursue other work.” The departure was rather sudden.
- Americans can donate to missions at the left click of a mouse; but as the U.S. dollar slides against foreign currencies, overseas mission projects are hurting for funding.
- In one of his best pieces to date, Trevin Wax imagines a somewhat ideal media interview with a pastor on the homosexual debate.
- Lots of rumblings from the Calvary Chapel churches over the visits of the ever-controversial Jerry Boykin to various CCs, mostly because of Boykin’s Jesuit connections. While this website looks somewhat sensationalist, it does contain a lot of documentation, perhaps this one boils it down more concisely.
- Josh Wiley collects 22 Awesome C. S. Lewis Quotations.
- Comedian Tim Hawkins has Three Requests for Worship Pastors.
- October 31st: JesusWeen. Seriously. Someone came up with this. To non-Christians it’s a bit of joke. To Christians it’s somewhat unnecessary.
- October 31st: Hell Houses. Russell D. Moore has seven reasons why Judgment Houses or Hell Houses miss the mark.
- It took presidential hopeful Michelle Bachman only a few days to note that presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s “999″ economic program is simply “666″ upside down. She remarked, “The devil is in the details.” Jeremy Myers examines 666.
- Just in time for Reformation Sunday: Zac Hicks’ worship song including the five “solas” Sola fide (pronounced “FEE-deh”) – faith alone; Sola gratia (pronounced “GRAT-see-ah”) – grace alone; Solus Christus (pronounced “KREE-stoos”) – Christ alone; Sola scriptura (pronounced “skrip-TOO-rah”) – Scripture alone; Soli Deo gloria (pronounced “DEH-o GLOH-ree-ah”) – to God alone be the glory. (Don’t forget to roll the r’s.) Click the audio player in this link.
- Insert your link here. Seen something online this week that I missed? Add your suggestion to the comments. Note that not all links will posted; anything commercial or inappropriate won’t be accepted.
- With apologies to Margaret Fishback Powers, I thought we’d end with an “almost” version of Footprints.