I’ve checked this week and nobody in the Pentecostal community is organizing a Strange Ice Conference. So far.
The last link listed here this week is to an interview that Chrsitianity Today did with me about a month ago that I didn’t think would ever appear. Speaking of which, you can catch this week’s list at Out of Ur; the individual links will take you there now as well.
- On Monday, the news about American pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Iran, was not good.
- A bestselling Christian author says that the “Train up a child…” proverb leaves some parents with nothing but disappointment.
- Various Twitter reports say Sarah Bessey‘s book Jesus Feminist is the latest title to be rejected by LifeWay Christian Stores. Kinda makes me want to read it now.
- A respected Missouri pastor is forced to resign from his church for what has got to be the oddest of reasons. (Though currently, he has landed on his feet.)
- Canadian blogger Tim Challies scores an interview with John MacArthur on the recent conference and book.
- A culture writer for Salon says churches wrestling with the gay issue need to look to Joel Osteen for a solution.
- And now will the ushers please come forward? Maybe they should stay put. Giving is near Depression-era levels.
- When something significant takes place in the Christian arena, we need to fight the immediate rush to react with a blog post.
- North Point worship leader and songwriter Eddie Kirkland is pursuing a vision of a different kind of multi-site churches in Atlanta, following a more Anglican model. I’ll let him tell you.
- Essay of the Week: What to do and say to minister to people caught in sexual sin.
- Op-Ed of the Week: Donald Miller on why the church should be led by common laborers.
- In a world where it’s so quick and easy to send a text, sometimes a personal visit means so much more.
- Part of what makes your favorite restaurant a favorite is its ambiance. What about the ambiance in your home?
- An author you know — albeit under a different name — talks about how, even for people who grew up in church, choosing a church can be a challenge.
- A Church of Christ blogger and The Voice Bible contributor offers some opinions as to why ministers are leaving his denomination…
- …and a musician immersed in modern worship culture notes that in many churches, ‘rock star’ worship leaders don’t last long.
- From Canada’s daily Christian talk show, an intimate interview with Amy Grant.
- Online churches are great, perhaps, until it’s time to partake of the communion elements.
- There’s a certain stigma to eating alone in a restaurant that also applies to taking a solo vacation.
- If we had room for one more article on the Strange Fire Conference, it would undoubtedly be this well-written piece.
- Here’s a review of an IVP book that I believe is important and hope to peruse sometime: Misreading the Scripture with Western Eyes.
- The YWAM School of Animation & Cartooning for Mission has released Coconuts, an eight-minute animated cartoon contextualized for the nation of India.
- We reach back to July for this one, but it’s worth the trip: Here are eight types of people who should not be on your church board.
- Hindsight is always 20/20. Some of the best pieces online are the wisdom of those offering things they would do differently today.
- Five minutes of calm in your busy day: Three years ago the worship arts team at Willow Creek did this musical adaptation of Psalm 139…
- …Or if your tastes run to the other extreme, here’s the new release from Shonlock, We Walk on Water.
- Theology FAQ: Is it possible for a true Christian to blaspheme the Holy Spirit?
- If the saints weren’t part of your spiritual upbringing, this article might resonate.
- World Vision has wanted to create a new youth group program similar to the 30-Hour Famine. Enter Childhood Lost. A veteran youth ministry specialist explains the program’s background.
- Kid Min Department: Here’s a treasure trove of resources for particular Bible stories; essentially an aggregator pointing to other sites related to key Old Testament and New Testament narratives.
- An innovative guy in Georgia had his copy of The Voice Bible rebound to look like a classic.
- Q&A Time: How do we share the gospel with people of other faiths without offending them?
- Labor of Love Department: The Christian Music Artist Profile at New Release Tuesday. A gazillion CCM artists in one place.
- Finally, thanks to CT for this interview with yours truly, which is also one of the few times my pic has surfaced online.
Yes, blogrolls are now uncool, but if you scroll down the right margin at Thinking Out Loud, for a limited time, there’s a list of a small selection of the places Paul Wilkinson hunts each week for buried treasure.
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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Today’s graphics were located at Matthew Paul Turner’s blog.
Not many weird religious news stories this week; try to do something stupid over the next few days, okay? This is a link list without links. To see them click over to Out of Ur. As for the above graphic, you need to listen to Phil Vischer Podcast…
- According to a CNN story, the head of Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. claims that Chris Tomlin is the most prolific songwriter in the United States right now.
- Personally, I thought my alternative ending to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference would have been an interesting touch…
- …but of course, truth is always stranger than fiction. While I first read about Mark Driscoll crashing the party, I’d not heard James MacDonald’s name mentioned until this.
- Two pieces on the subject of porn: Eric Simmons at Desiring God with I Hate Porn, and Tim Challies offering some preventative measures with The Porn-Free Family.
- Did you see marathon swimmer Diana Nyad talking to Oprah? Is it possible to be an atheist and still be “in awe?”
- Short Essay of the Week: What if modern technology permitted Biblical education to take place individually, and the place we gather weekly was for interaction, coaching, personal support and prayer? Be sure to read David Morrow’s The Flipped Church.
- Medium Essay of the Week: Dancing as “keeping in step with the Spirit;” a metaphor for a life of faith, unless of course you believe that, “the praying knee can’t belong to a dancing leg.”
- A Minnesota Pastor takes 20% of the revenue from a land deal and creates entrepreneurial opportunities for young people. Read the original CT article and this response (with video).
- Most Provocative Title: From Catholic writer Tony Agnesi, are you Living Your Resumé or Your Eulogy?
- Starting Over: For Jon Acuff, this particular blog represents Day Zero.
- Academic Article of the Week: We all know what the gospel is, but if you’re studying alternative texts, what exactly is a gospel?
- …and aggregate the Tweets of some well-known Christian academics, and you might find yourself reading Bible Gateway Bible Profs News.
- Kid Min Corner: Unlike many children’s DVD series, Phil Vischer didn’t stop at the end of Acts. So what themes from Paul’s letters did he feel were worthy of inclusion in a kids video?
- Youth Ministry Corner: Apparently some parents would rather just write a check to pay for missions trips, and the kids don’t want to do fundraising, either.
- Know any Aspies? That’s a term for people with Asperger’s Syndrome; people for whom the church can feel like an alien place.
- The blog Sliced Soup found this 18-month old guide to Hebrew pronunciation of YHWH, but as it turns out the video channel it’s from is a goldmine of instruction in Ancient Hebrew.
- What should worship leaders do when the keyboardist who wants to join the team is a classically-trained pianist.
- Pastors: If that illustration you’re using is actually debunked on Snopes.com, look out! Turns out Millennials like to fact-check sermons.
- Video(s) of the Week: Two beautiful acapella song covers on YouTube by David Wesley — One Thing Remains and the more recently posted (last week) How Deep the Father’s Love.
- People You Should Know: Another edition of the Young Influencers List.
- Charlotte Church is now 27, but she knows the pressure put on young music stars to be hyper-sexualized.
- Questions about the film’s ending has caused tension for the March, 2014 movie based on the life of Noah.
- Music Flashback: From our Lost Songs collection, the worship of Calvary Chapel Downey, with the hauntingly beautiful song To be Like You.
- Denominational stereotypes? Christianity Today answers the question, ‘Why are Google searches so much fun?’
- Finally, if you’re going to steal stuff from a church, don’t try to flog it at a yard sale only a few streets away.
Link list curator Paul Wilkinson blogs at Christianity 201 and Thinking Out Loud, the latter of which still sports its original look and theme, an actual functioning blogroll that is updated regularly, and a merry-go-round that still operates. (Not that last thing…)
Main branch of the Kansas City Public Library.
A big shout out this week to the people who track me down and submit link suggestions. Weekly deadline is 6:00 PM Eastern on Mondays. To view clickable links for all that follows, read the Wednesday Link List at Out of Ur.
- Although this movie trailer was posted in May, it was new to me: Coming in January, 2014 a movie about singer/songwriter Rich Mullins, aptly titled Ragamuffin…
- …and a more recently posted trailer for a documentary exploring “the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality,” with interviews with “a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers.” The 7-part DVD series is titled Painting The Stars.
- It’s not just a Catholic problem; a group is actively protesting to push for the ordination of Mormon women.
- Just weeks before his formal installation, the President of the American Bible Society announces that the Board of Trustees has “brought [his] service to a close.”
- “Christians in the Middle East are hostages in the hands of Islamic forces.” “Many of Israel’s Christians feel that their history, culture and heritage have been hijacked by Muslim Arabs in the region.” Read more at this report from a recent conference.
- Sometimes in the quest to free ourselves from the constraints of religion, we discover we’ve simply immersed ourselves in a different form of religion.
- Thanks to Canadian blogger Michael Bell, I was finally able to track down data on megachurches in Canada, a much shorter list than its U.S. counterpart.
- 1-Source, a collaboration of four Christian publishing companies will offer titles by established authors like Bill Myers and Brandilyn Collins, as well as self-publishing.
- David and Goliath becomes the theme of a TED Talk, but this explanation of the story is a little different from the one we know.
- Essay of the Week: From right here at Christianity Today, Andy Crouch on the power we confer to those in church leadership and why it matters.
- Find of the Week: Christian cartoonist Wes Molebash whose adventures with JP and Miles at the fictional Paper City Church make up the comic Insert Image.
- Retort of the Week: Russell D. Moore responds to Pope Francis’ recent interview with an Italian journalist and the danger severing the love of God from the holiness of God…
- …while Shane Claiborne remembers the original Francis.
- There is so much to read at the blog of Samantha Field that it’s hard to just link to one post, but here’s 15 things you shouldn’t say to a recovering Fundamentalist.
- Apologetics in part involves responding to Christianity’s critics, and these are some interesting responses.
- One year ago at this time, I was crusading to get a classic book on the history of teaching about the Holy Spirit put back in print.
- Typology: “So [Mommy/Daddy], [was/is] [name of prominent figure] a good guy or a bad guy?” Sometimes the answer is a bit of both. (Tangent: Check out the blogroll on this one.)
- Not only does a portrait of Jesus have to be removed, but an Ohio school district has to pay the ACLU’s $80,000 in legal costs.
- Ecclesia Church in Houston, Texas is producing a number of quality videos to go along with a dramatic reading of chapters in Genesis.
- I think this was more common in a previous generation, but why not today? Praying for your children’s future spouses.
- In some conservative Christian circles, the phrase “Guard your heart,” has an entirely different spin with consequences the writer of Proverbs never intended.
- Jamie The Very Worst Goodwill Ambassador articulates her ambivalence after a tour with World Vision.
- In the spirit of what’s termed Paul-Timothy relationships, Donald Miller suggests you should take your cues from people notably older than yourself, not your peers.
- She “is a girl, just like you and me, who made a mistake. She knows when you are talking about her. She knows when you are looking at her and judging her.” An insider look at birth-mothers.
- Don’t roll your eyes, but it’s one more Arminianism vs. Calvinism comparison.
- For Italians, the name Simone Saltarelli denotes both a well known motorcyclist and a figure in Catholic church history.
- The 2013 Catalyst Conference, as covered by the hometown newspaper, or more relevant details at Christianity Today.
- Lost Song of the Week: Standin’ in the Need of Prayer by Deitrick Haddon and the Voices of Unity; a flashback to 2004.
- Christianity Meets Culture: A blog featuring “reviews and news on the board gaming industry from a ministry point of view.” Not surprisingly, it’s called Theology of Games.
- And then there’s this graphic which I’m sure you have use for, but I wasn’t sure how to introduce it. (What’s an .svg file anyway?)
- Back on the comic front, nearly seven years and more than 1,100 panels later, the UK’s Jon Birch is still cartooning at ASBO Jesus.
- Finally, a story for which I’ll quote the entire first paragraph, so you know I’m not making this up: “The Robertson clan from A&E’s reality show Duck Dynasty, will release a Christmas album called “Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas” on October 29, featuring several top country stars.”
Link curator Paul Wilkinson blogs daily here and Tweets as inspiration strikes at @PaulW1lk1nson (or is “at @” a redundancy?)
My pappy said,”Son, you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’ if you don’t stop readin’ that Wednesday Linkin’” *
With that* we begin another round. To read this week’s list with the actual links, you must click over to Out of Ur.
- Where are the frogs? For Glen Eyrie, a Christian conference center in Colorado operated by The Navigators, last year it was fire, this year it’s flooding.
- The latest story of a child’s death alleging a connection to a controversial parenting book has international repercussions. (I’ve been tracking the book’s story for four years now.)
- Sermon of the Week: Steve Carter at Willow finds a common thread between postsecrets.com and the life of Moses.
- Testimony of the Week: Jessica Kelley shares an intense story of suffering and loss with the congregation at Greg Boyd’s church. 44 powerful minutes.
- Essay of the Week: Andy Hall finds himself in the middle of the same type of story as Jessica, and connects what happened at Eden to the suffering we experience in a fallen world.
- Saeed Abedini appeals to the new President of Iran to release him from prison; while his wife speaks at Liberty University.
- Is there a difference between women preachers and women bloggers? Much depends on how the women bloggers view their role.
- Jamie The Very Worst Photographer attempts to show us highlights of her trip to Guatemala.
- At some point in 2014, Hillsong is planting a church in Southern California. Maybe some day Justin B. will visit that Hillsong church also.
- Parents in Scotland want to be able to have a say in whether or not their children receive gay sex education.
- Just weeks before classes started, Canada’s Trinity Western University canceled a filmmaking course because the teacher couldn’t sign on to TWU’s statement about the fate of unbelievers.
- Got last minute company arriving tonight? Take the references for the top sixty most searched Bible verses at topverses.com and turn it into a trivia game.
- While the Pope is suggesting the possibility of married priests, for some, the big story is his purchase of a 1984 Renault. (Bumper sticker: My other car is the Pope Mobile.)
- Christena Cleveland is running a series of essays on the experience of African-American students at Christian universities. Here’s some samples.
- For I know the plans I have for who? A look at the context behind a much-quoted Bible promises.
- Before he could burn nearly 3,000 copies of the Quran, Pastor Terry Jones and an associate are charged with firearms and vehicle registration issues. The story does raise the question of what happened to the kerosene-soaked copies of the Muslim holy book.
- Equal Time Department: In a Reformed-theology-dominated blogosphere, someone dares to offer Ten Reasons Why I Am a Wesleyan. (Some Arminians may not be drawn to these particular reasons.)
- Sigh! Another case of a church wanting to part company from their denomination, but wanting to keep the property.
- In a world where unusual church names are the norm, it’s hard to distinguish yourself from the pack, which is why I like this one from the UK: Everyday Champions Church. (Do they have the breakfast cereal Wheaties there?)
- If you’re going to read an apologetics book review, you want an apologetics website; hence this link to Apologetics 315′s review of God’s Not Dead, a primer on the subject by Rice Broocks.
- If you’re planning your Christmas services and need design ideas, you can always hang Christmas trees upside down.
- Len Wilson, who serves at an Atlanta church called Peachtree, has written an excellent series of articles about visual arts in the church. (He ought to be easy to track down; how many things in Atlanta can possibly be named Peachtree?)
- Jordan Michael Taylor gets downright preachy at a recent Blimey Cow video on the subject of loving your enemies. At the same time, only days in, his Kickstarter CD campaign has already doubled its goal.
- For the Christian, when is a glass of wine, one glass of wine too many?
- Double sigh! Another youth pastor crosses a line with teens. I won’t even include the summary for this one.
- A pastor friend of mine said this article was guilty of stating the obvious, but here are ten reasons leading a church is tougher than running a business.
- A Mormon dad goes to great lengths — or in this case, shorts — to show his daughter what immodesty looks like.
- Unstoppable, Kirk Cameron’s lastest film will play one night only — next Tuesday — in selected U.S. theaters.
- Not to be taken seriously, the blog Celebrity Pastor offers five essentials to look for in a worship leader.
*I want to be really clear that the Commander Cody intro this week was my wife’s idea.
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Here’s a few things that just missed being in yesterday’s list. I may add them to next week’s for the wider audience at Out of Ur; then again I might forget.
- Bene Diction Blogs On has a good follow-up piece on the huge credibility gap with Tony Anthony’s book Taming the Tiger, which has culminated in the closing of his ministry. Click here.
- Who is Samuel Williamson? The name doesn’t register, but his blog, Beliefs of the Heart gets a lot of comment action. In a recent piece he suggests that Sunday School with its simplified-message Bible stories possibly does more harm than good. Click here.
- This is not a current link, but the above reminds me of a piece we did here about ten months ago about The Bible Story Handbook, by John and Kim Walton. See below for a quotation. Click here.
- I’m sure that when the Bible speaks about wives submitting to husbands, nobody had in mind the type of things Lee Grady has witnessed. Click here.
- Rocky of Ages: This is a current link, but pertains to some old information. An email is making the rounds about the conversion of Sylvester Stallone. Unlike many religiously flavored email forwards, this one actually made it into Snopes.com. Click here.
“If we present something as God’s Word when it is not, we are misusing God’s name. Students of the Bible expect their teachers to present the authoritative teaching of God’s Word as given by the inspired authors. If we substitute this teaching for some idea we think is important, students don’t know the difference. We are then violating the third commandment because we have attributed God’s authority to what is really only our own idea.” (John & Kim Walton, The Bible Story Handbook; p. 25)
So, is Pope Francis a revivalist?
Now, on to the links…
Some very, very high profile Christian sites and at least one radio show get their news stories here. We know who you are…
- Jamie, The Very Worst Suburbanite reflects on life in the ‘burbs here vs. life in the ‘burbs in Honduras in The Color of Greige.
- With help from a Gordon College professor, the classic handicapped icon/logo/thing is getting an entirely new vitality.
- Knowing Nik Wallenda made it safely doesn’t make it any easier to watch, even in this 90 second summary video.
- Its been one year since Saeed Abedini said goodbye to his family to build orphanages in Iran. Help us bring him home.
- Got a son or daughter entering high school? It might be time to buy them a necklace.
- Publisher Thomas Nelson reports on Twitter that already six colleges have signed on to use Ken Wytsma’s Pursuing Justice as a textbook. But then, we predicted that.
- Find your pastor: Phillip Wilson invites you to play Top Twelve Preacher Styles. Hopefully your minister isn’t in this list at all.
- Critics have accused the Scottish Government of following the same failed approach of ever-more sex education at ever-younger ages to lower the teen pregnancy rate. Now they’re talking preschool.
- Essay of the week: Go deeper with Michah Murray on the concept of Love The Sinner Hate The Sin.
- Photo essay of the week: A visit to the abandoned Holy Land theme park in Connecticut, closed since ’84.
- This 2-minute video is the reason I part company with John MacArthur’s dispensationalism and anti-Charismatic rhetoric.
- The Dictionary of Christianese defines traveling mercies and the many variations on cradle Christian. Be sure to also see, bookmark and use their full index of terms defined so far.
- World awareness: Here are five quick facts on the problems caused by lack of access to safe drinking water.
- Author Max Lucado has formed a partnership with Thomas Nelson and The Salvation Army (SA), to produce a special SA edition of You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
- Have you or someone you know been hurt by a local church? Here are things to remember and steps to take.
- Ever feel like God is ticked off with you right now? Here’s a take on the question, Does God get disappointed with us?
- Warning: You may disagree with this 3 1/2 minute video on debunking rapture doctrine.
- Jen Hatmaker’s end of school year parent confessional went viral and is closing in on 4,400 comments.
- The website of the Smithsonian Institute profiles the unique and often controversial ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson.
- A Baptist church in Georgia (the European country, not the US state) finds middle ground with its high orthodox neighbors by using robes and incense.
- With a new album ready to release, Andrew Schwab talks to Matt Greiner of the band August Burns Red.
- In other CCM news, usually the people who lead Holy Land tours are somewhat older authors, pastors or musicians. So… an Audio Adrenaline tour of Israel?
- After at least four years, Paul Baloche is releasing another worship album in French.
- Lamentable blog discovery of the week: Pimp Preacher, a collection of con artistry by minsters, from the Preacher Bureau of Investigation.
- Steven Furtick with a short piece on The Real Test of Worship, reblogged from 2010 for a new audience.
- Please note that if you have a blog and about 15 seconds after it opens it starts playing very loud music that you like but maybe nobody else likes, we will not link to it.
- That’s it for this link list; stay ‘linked’ during the week here and on Twitter.
The Wednesday List Lynx might be getting a new home as early as next week.
Stop the presses! Is this the last link list?
We’re cooking up a partnership that could mean more people than ever would get to share in what we’ve been doing here for five years. Just think of the larger number of people who would get saved just clicking on these same stories. They might not even have to click; conviction might come just by reading the teasers.
Really, why are we considering this? It’s about power and the ability to take bribes to promote various blogs and websites.
So stay tuned. Same bat time. Same bat channel. But maybe not actually same bat channel.