Gene Appel both followed Bill Hybels as lead pastor at Willow Creek and then preceded Bill’s return. This article fills you in on where Gene is today.
Abraham Piper is away for a few days, so a rather large number of guest bloggers are living within the word-length constraints of filling in at 22 Words.
Flickering Pixels (Zondervan) author Shane Hipps gives four reasons in this short YouTube clip why he feels we can never achieve real community in the blogosphere. His reasons are compelling — especially the idea that we tend to be part of blogs wherein we already share common ideas — but see the next item also.
Despite Hipps’ assertions (above), there is no escaping the gut-wrenching reality as blogger John Saddington at Human 3rror pours out his heart following the news from his wife’s OBGYN that their expected baby’s heart isn’t beating. Read this, and then say a prayer for John and family.
Israel Houghton (“Friend of God”) has a new music video which you can watch here.
I don’t usually link to Stuff Christians Like because all Jon’s posts are great and I wouldn’t know where to begin; but this one from a few weeks ago (but just in time for the start of the American football season) really got to me, and I’m not even a sports fan! (BTW, if you’re searching for humour (US-‘humor) of a Christian nature, Jon invited readers to suggest sources on this post. You might even want to copy and paste all the comments.)
Canadian blogger and YWAM missionary Rick Apperson posts some short but pointed devotional thoughts every other day at the blog Just a Thought. His blog doesn’t have a huge following, but we’re about to change all that, okay? Right now I want to focus on a series of “Five Questions” he’s doing, mostly with people you already know, but also this one, with actress Erin Bethea who stars in the movie Fireproof. Now we just need to get the guests to give longer answers!
Another Canadian — this one currently pastoring in the U.S. — Gerrard Fess at the blog Deep Thoughts by the G-Man, suggests that when pastors relocate to a new community there are fourteen people they should get to know.
Just to clarify, my purpose with the Saddleback story (no pun intended) yesterday was to promote thought and discussion. I’m totally in favour of the concept, just wondering about the long-term implications. The “Signs” lyrics (not to mention Veggie Tales) may have suggested that I was being more judgemental than I was.