Thinking Out Loud

January 27, 2010

The Links Lynx is Back

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
  • 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.


  1. i fall into the Larry Norman camp for the birth of Christian rock.

    Comment by shallowfrozenwater — January 28, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    • True enough. But it was the Calvary Chapel baptisms at Pirate’s Cove that really caught the attention of the world. Chuck Smith also brought the Christian hippies into the mainstream life of the church.

      Comment by Paul Wilkinson — January 28, 2010 @ 10:14 am

  2. I am almost postive that this is not the proper way to go about doing this, but I have a blog that I think would fit nicely on your sidebar of “Oh Oh The Places You’ll Go”
    It is called

    I love what you are doing here on this blog and will be a follower for a long time I’m sure. Keep it up!

    Comment by Eric Reynolds — January 28, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    • No, it’s not the way to do it; you’d want to use the contact information in the sidebar.

      I checked out your blog, and here’s why I could never consider it for the blogroll in its present form: The first thing my eye went to was the link to “The One To Church,” which takes you to a page from the “Restored Church of God,” which immediately starts playing a 25-minute sermon from its founder David C. Pack. (Sample: “The churches are wrong on just about everything”) This is the church that splintered off when the Worldwide Church of God decided to accept more mainstream Christian teachings, choosing to stay with WCC’s original tenets, which most Christian leaders regard as error. It’s no stretch to call this a false cult.

      Unfortunately, that’s what you get when you agree to accept Google ads.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — January 28, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

      • You are absolutely right (and perhaps a little blunt). The ads were a trial that I wasn’t pleased with.

        I am still unsure what you mean by the “contact information in the sidebar”. And as I say that I’m sure I’m setting myself up for further humiliation from a pro blogger to a green rookie. But if I’m naive I’m also persistent…

        Comment by Eric Reynolds — January 28, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

  3. Hi Eric. Underneath the blogroll itself there’s a section called “pages” and one of them says “Contact Us.”

    It’s a little less obvious on WordPress blogs than on most Blogspot ones, and some WordPress bloggers don’t bother with it at all.

    Yes, I am a little blunt sometimes; sorry!

    On the other hand, if that’s how it’s done, perhaps some Evangelicals need to sign up for blog advertising on Google Ads, especially if they can direct people to a site that is, for lack of a better word, seeker-friendly.

    I didn’t really think people at Liberty University were into that particular church! (Embedded visitors like Unlikely Disciple author Kevin Roost notwithstanding — See April 13th post.)

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — January 28, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

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