Wednesday List Lynx
Not only these, but there was a link list on Saturday as well. *UPDATE* 8:00 PM — Yes, I know about the PSY parody. We might run it here Friday. Click to watch Farmer Style. *END UPDATE*
- Since 1642 it has been against the rules of the Roman Catholic Church to use tobacco during the mass. Learn more in a history of the church, the saints and smoking.
- And speaking of the Catholic Church, here’s the photo-op of the week where Pope Benedict invites circus and street performers to The Vatican and as a long time cat lover, gets to pet a lion cub.
- “Whenever there is a fire in a house of worship, it has a tremendous impact on the fabric of a community,” said a Cape Cod fire marshal after a Christian and Missionary Alliance church fell victim to arson.
- Two years after recording a Christmas album, Canada’s Steve Bell has another one. Read about Keening for the Dawn and if you hurry, your copy will ship in time for the 24th.
- Okay, how about an article showing parallels in two lives: Justin Bieber and King David? According to Ben at the blog On Pop Theology, it’s not that big a stretch.
- The recent tensions at Sovereign Grace Ministries could mean the severing of ties from one of its flagship churches.
- Francis Chan had huge hits with Crazy Love and Forgotten God, but I had wondered if Multiply was more of a curriculum item. Customers didn’t. The book landed on a New York Times ‘advice’ bestseller list.
- Greg Koukl either answers or skirts the following question in a short video: Are angels also made in God’s image? What do you think?
- Jennings’ Messiah? In a modern world, corporate sponsorship and branding would rule the day. We may call it Handel’s Messiah, but latest evidence points to the fact that Handel’s patron was Charles Jennings, without whom the project wouldn’t have happened.
- Ten years ago the Liberty Counsel started the “Naughty or Nice” list showing retailers which acknowledge Christmas and which ones marginalize the holiday’s faith origin. Which side of the list do you think is growing?
- For people in youth ministry and student ministry, here’s a link that will take you to a sample chapter of Ministering to Gay Teenagers from Six:11 Ministries.
- Like the Energizer Bunny, InterVarsity’s student missions conference, Urbana, just keeps on going. This year it’s in St. Louis from Dec 27 – 31.
- Thinking Out Loud flashback post: When “OMG” and “WTF” Come to Church. And watch your language.
- Ethics Department: Even after you’ve made the right decision, it doesn’t mean you’re done wrestling with it.
- Too late for this year’s Thanksgiving, but I still enjoyed this 6.5 minute film from Ransom.tv about the importance of family.
- The UK’s ChurchAds.net is to blame for the God Baby ads. “He cries. He wees. He saves the world.” Cute advertising copy or borderline blasphemy? You decide. Don’t look for an image here, I’m not reposting it.
- The proprietor of Ironic Catholic thinks the Coexist folks are making things a little crazy:
- The lynx is not alone this time: We end today with some book covers which appeared here in a 2008 post dealing with whether or not Fluffy and Fido will be in heaven. These are real books that were available for purchase when the post was written. First we took the Chuck Colson position that argues against animals in the afterlife. Then, four months later, in August, 2008; I was persuaded by the Randy Alcorn position which argues for furry friends, though not resurrected ones. Trust me, you could split a church over this topic…
Welcome to WLL # 125, the first link-list I’ve composed entirely in HTML. Let me know if renders a little weird on your screen. (Weirder than most weeks, that is!)
- A female senior pastor in the American Baptist denomination is rethinking the concept of pastor appreciation.
- Matt Hafer offers what I consider to be fairly balanced look at that fall/harvest/Halloween ritual of taking the youth group to a hell house.
- Bob Kauflin digs into the somewhat thorny area of local church congregations that add, subtract or modify the lyrics to existing modern worship hymns and choruses.
- Two of your favorites, David Platt and Francis Chan sit down in a very clean room to talk together on video about discipleship.
- You come to church ready to place a $75 check in the offering, but then you decide the music is too loud, so you write “VOID” across the check with a comment on the worship, and place it in the offering anyway.
- In the first of two iMonk links here, Chaplain Mike notes the CNN report that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has removed the web page identifying Mormonism as a ‘cult,’ following the site’s namesake’s visit with Mitt Romney.
- At World Magazine, writer Jamie Dean isn’t too concerned about a Mormon in the White House, because she doesn’t see either candidate as approximating Christian Orthodoxy.
- And over at The Christian Post, they’re announcing that the once popular blog Pyromaniacs has gone political, with multiple posts (six, count ‘em) on why the Republican candidate is the better choice. Too bad. I was once a regular reader of Team Pyro, but that was before the Reformed community voted to secede.
- Starry, Starry Night Department: A Christian perspective on the art of Vincent Van Gogh.
- Shaun Groves hits the road as an opener for Mark Schultz and Anita Renfroe (who has to have sweet tea at every stop) and lets the rest of us in on the anatomy of a concert road trip.
- Chaplain Mike at iMonk looks at the music ministry of Ken Medema, who we remember for the song Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying.
- For our music video link this week, here’s an artist I’ve never heard of doing a song I didn’t know, but Shelly E. Johnson’s All Things Beautiful was a delightful surprise.
- It’s been fifty years since Vatican II. Did it move the church in a more evangelical direction? George Weigel comments on the anniversary, in an article that lets me quote the phrase “ecclesiastical parthenogenesis.”
- And after posting that link, we learned that George Weigel made other news this week, being the first speaker at the first Roman Catholic event — not mass — held in the Crystal Cathedral which the diocese has purchased.
- Phillip Longmire has wrestled with personal faith issues and is one of the latest bloggers at Alltop-Christian with his blog Half Baked Lobster. Here’s a great study he wrote on the Antioch church.
- We leave you with a graphic for a sermon series that’s probably being copied in various places. This has been all over the Christian blogosphere, but in case you missed it…
You know her dad; now get ready to meet Rachel. Charisma News reports:
Music and film company in:ciite has announced its signing of Rachel Chan, the oldest child of New York Times best-selling author Francis Chan. Her debut album, Go, is set for release Jan. 10, 2012, through EMI CMG Distribution.
Chris Thomason, in:ciite CEO, said the 15-year-old is “an amazing talent and has a unique perspective on ministry and the world because of her family. She is authentic and delightful, and we believe her music will connect with a growing generation of believers and seekers.”
Working with pop-music producer Dave Lubben (Kutless, Kathryn Scott), Chan is co-writer on the album’s 10 tracks—one of which features her father rapping.
…continue reading at Charisma News…
Listen to a sample of Rachel’s new album – click “launch media player.”
The link you won’t see here today concerns the announcement that Christian publishing giant Thomas Nelson is in the process of being acquired by HarperCollins, which already owns Zondervan. The story bears on so many other issues in Christian publishing, that I decided an additional day’s worth of reflection would bring something substantial to say about the news. So you’ll have to tune back in tomorrow!
- The Genesis Code, a faith-based, creation science focused movie opens Friday in theaters in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. More at Christian News Wire.
- More on the Mars Hill trademark issue from David Fitch, who feels that branding is “the ultimate anti-missional act.”
- Francis Chan tells young pastors, “You’re teaching way better than we did…;” but then gives some advice.
- Pete Wilson wants to know what your greatest concern is about a world with a population now exceeding seven billion.
- Video discovery of the week: Check out this contemporary version of the very old hymn, My Anchor Holds by Katie and Jacob who call themselves… wait for it… My Anchor Holds. More at their webpage.
- Our above Venn diagram is from This Is Indexed by Jessica Hagy.
- The picture at right is from a set taken at Occupy Wellington (New Zealand) by Penelope Lattey who went to the protest with a whiteboard, a marker and an idea.
- If you thought Monday was merely Halloween, and don’t know why it was also Reformation Day, this short music video might teach ya a little church history.
- What does it mean to bring a Christian vision or perspective into a public setting; into a pluralistic world? Miraslav Volf previews his new book, A Public Faith in this video preview.
- Eric Douglas has a great set of four questions that you can use when meeting up with people of other faiths or no faith. He calls it Talking to an Atheistic Huffalump.
- How do you feel about the therapeutic (aka healing) power of house pets and animals? Author Neil Abramson uses this as the topic for his recent book, Unsaid. For Neil, the story becomes intensely personal. While not a Christian book, a handful of Christian booksellers carry this title.
- We close with this item from Mike Gilbart-Smith: “Spurgeon came across someone who claimed to have reached sinless perfection. When Spurgeon trod heavily on his foot his perfection dissolved!” Mike then adds this:
There once was a man from Tangiers
Who said he’d not sinned in ten years.
So I poked his right eye
And his foul mouthed reply
Shows he’s worse than he sometimes appears
Wednesday list lynx
Christianity Today magazine has found that recent articles on worship resonate with people, and that’s reflected in the first two links this week:
- People want services to be accessible, but D. H. Williams asks the question, ‘Are there limits to this strategy?’
- Why did the church embrace the pop/rock style found in today’s modern worship, but not utilize jazz or big band in its day? Lawrence Mumford looks at the diversity of worship styles.
- And over at Relevant Magazine — which we’ll return to later here — Adam Wood reminds us that worship involves the participation of both leader and congregant.
- Ever been stuck in a checkout line where the person in front of you seems to be buying out the whole store? Pete Wilson was, and he was anxious to get on his way, until he suddenly saw the person ahead of him in a different perspective.
- I understand a little of where John Shore is coming from. He’s certainly sympathetic to people who are both gay and professing Christians. [Example] But does he go too far in one direction? The blogger known as The Son He Loves thinks so and calls him on it.
- Castanea, a word meaning ‘Chestnut tree,’ is also the name of a tribal community living together in Chestnut Hill, Tenn, which serves in this USAToday story as an example of what is called The New Monasticism.
- Dan Kimball writes about Francis Chan‘s Erasing Hell with words like these: “It comes from a heart that is broken about hell. The pages themselves almost weep it is so heartfelt written. I know that sounds kind of corny, but it is true. This is written from a broken heart on the topic and that makes all the difference.”
- If you’ve got Adobe, here’s the link to the .pdf with the Committee on Bible Translation’s response to the Southern Baptist resolution regarding the updated NIV Bible translation.
- Also lining up to take a shot at the new NIV — with the accompanying fifteen minutes of fame — is the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. You can read the .pdf containing the CBT’s response to the CBMW. This best addresses the so-called ‘gender issues’ in the new translation, though it won’t satisfy people who already have their minds made up.
- Discovered a new blog this week for our “If You Want Deep, We’ll Give You Deep” department. Check out this treatment of the subject of atonement. (Full title: …Without the Theoretical Nonsense.)
- With two potential Mormon Republican presidential candidates, not to mention a Broadway play, here’s ten things you may or may not know about the faith of your LDS friends.
- And speaking of cults, Darrell at Stuff Fundies Like thinks that the proponents of the kind of faith he blogs about are actually a bit of a contradiction.
- There’s a Christian Game Development Conference. Who knew? But never underestimate the popularity of computer gaming. By the way, for bonus points, visit their site and try to find clues as to where the conference is taking place.
- Yet another CT piece; this one on how in their zeal to expand, multi-site churches with satellite campuses are now crossing state lines.
- A Pew Forum survey shows that Evangelical leaders are less concerned about Islam and more concerned about creeping secularism.
- Jon Acuff has four reasons why people ditch church in the summer. (Reasons not really good enough.)
- Finally one more from Jon Acuff and his article on Christian satire for Relevant magazine, where we find today’s closing image: