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- Hard to imagine anyone opposing a translation of the Bible into another language, but the Jamaican patois version isn’t pleasing everyone. Text sample: “De angel go to Mary and say to ‘er, me have news we going to make you well ‘appy. God really, really, bless you and him a walk with you all de time.”
- Daniel Jepsen admits it’s not like him to walk out of a church service, but he did just that when the service went too far, or perhaps didn’t go far enough. Teaching the Bible would have been a refreshing addition.
- Fuller Theological Seminary’s Kara Powell thinks that while adults and children are all sharing the same church, they’re all having a different experience of it. In a 4-page article at CT, she suggests keeping kids in church beyond high school means giving them a faith that sticks.
- He uses his involvement in TV and film production to evangelize well known actors, and he’s been fired by one prominent casting agency for doing so. Steve Cha talks to Christian Post about evangelizing Hollywood.
- This is the link to part one of the original video that Ben Breedlove posted at YouTube just days before he died on Christmas Day; though you need to watch part two to get the full story. Gateway Church in Austin, Texas also posted the 42-minute memorial service video in which lead pastor John Burke refers to Ben’s faith in Jesus Christ.
- Cerebral palsy and epilepsy didn’t stop Toronto’s Robert Gagnon from completing a BA at Redeemer and an MTS at Tyndale Seminary, or from launching a new ministry for people with visible disadvantages, Abilities in Christ.
- Here’s an interesting standup routine by Phil Long that gets some deep analysis on Tyler Braun’s blog.
- Still haven’t made those New Year’s Resolutions? Ann Voskamp offers five steps to help you begin.
- Is heaven and The New Jerusalem the same thing? Think about it. Here’s a C201 blog post that took on a life of its own in the comments.
- Mike Breen looks at the Rainer Research Group’s ten trends for the next decade in church life.
- The man at the center of the Jesus movement in the early 1970s, Costa Mesa California’s Calvary Church pastor Chuck Smith is now battling lung cancer though he never smoked.
- TV Producer Mark Burnett is joining with Zondervan and the digital team that developed Glo Bible to introduce a new app, Bible 360 which will integrate with devices and social media. Sales will be through iTunes.
- Seems a policy statement issued at Rossville Christian Academy in Tennessee is really just a mass memo directed at a single student. (The video is useless, but there’s a full text of the story when you scroll down.)
- Time for one last Christmas image; J. R. Briggs got this from David Fitch; it’s titled Advent Distraction:
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.
The Wednesday Link List. A Thinking Out Loud tradition for at least a few months now…
- Say what you will about Rob Bell — and I know many of you would jump at the chance — but you’ve never experienced a better transition of a pastor from one church to another than when the people of Trinity Mennonite “gift” Shane Hipps to the people at Mars Hill Grand Rapids. This link is valid for about ten more weeks, click on the sermon for 01.17.10 and listen to the first ten minutes.
- Gary Molander also has an excellent post on the above item at the blog It’s Complicated, under the title Pastor Poaching.
- I was going to include this last week, but hesitated. First, it’s a six page article and secondly the first page is extremely graphic. But I think this should be on your must-read list. It compares a medical condition gynecologists call meno-metrorrhagia, with the condition of the hemorrhaging woman in Mark 5: 25-34, bringing modern science and historical background together to help us understand the passage more fully and also to focus on current conditions in Africa. Check out “Jesus and the Unclean Woman” by L. Lewis Wall at Christianity Today.
- This was actually posted to YouTube back in August, but it’s a great moment at the LoveSong reunion when pastor Chuck Smith introduces the song which, in many respects, marked the absolute beginning of today’s Contemporary Christian music. If you’re into Christian music, this nine minute video shows you how it all began.
- Jeff McQuilkin considers what it was like putting together a ‘worship show’ each week, from the perspective of someone who is no longer doing so. Check out “The Show Must Go On” at The Communitas Collective. (Read Jeff regularly at Losing My Religion.)
- Jon Acuff is in classic form giving you a chance to rate the bumper sticker(s) on your vehicle(s), not to mention seven great new ones (and one cheesy one) of his own. Check out Stuff Christians Like #694. (It took 694 posts to get to bumper stickers?)
- “If your kids are awake, they’re online.” Albert Mohler discusses The Online Life of Kids. Mohler writes well, but it’s not a true blog if you can’t leave comments.
- The best books of 2009 you’ve never read: It’s the Christianity Today Book Awards. The more esoteric and eclectic, the better, right? How about, as George Costanza might say, ‘book awards for the rest of us?’
- Check out the various free image files available to your church — see sample at right — from CreativeMYK.com
- Congratulations to blogger Carlos Whittaker (Ragamuffin Soul) on a deal with Integrity Music. Check out a few of the songs here.
- Don’t feel you learn enough reading blogs? This week’s lynx is actually an Iberian lynx. Wikipedia says, “It is the most endangered cat species in the world. According to the conservation group SOS Lynx, if this species died out, it would be the first feline extinction since the Smilodon 10,000 years ago.” Use that in a conversation in the next 24 hours.
- I guess it had to happen. Is there anything we do in church life that doesn’t have its own seminar? An upcoming conference offers three workshops for people who staff the church coffee bar. At least they’ll be well-trained.
- Here’s a repeat link from six months ago: New Direction in Canada has put together a 4-week DVD curriculum, Bridging the Gap: Conversations on Befriending Our Gay Neighbors. It includes 3-hours of video content and a 40-page leader guide with reproducible worksheets. Material on this subject is badly needed. Guests include Brian McLaren, Bruxy Cavey, Tony Campolo and eight more. Read more about it, here.
- He’s a 19 year old college student. He seems like a good Christian kid. He wants a tattoo. Wants to put “Bought With A Price” on it. Parents say no. Time for Russell D. Moore at the blog Moore to the Point to sort it out.
- If you’ve recently joined us, and you’re a woman who has a husband, father, son, brother or boyfriend who is hooked on pornography, check out a resource I wrote a couple of years ago, The Pornography Effect. It’s a modified blog page where the chapters appear in order; clicking “previous posts” actually yields the next chapters, 7-15. Takes about 50 minutes to read.
- Today’s cartoon is from JAW Toons by Jay Allen:
HT for CreativeMYK = Kent Shaffer
No animals were harmed in the making of this week’s link list. The idea of LoveSong as the true root of contemporary Christian music is open to debate if you consider the Catholic folk masses of the late 1960s, or the influence of Larry Norman.