Here are some highlights from my blog travels in the past week:
- While you’re link hopping here, you can stream audio from CCM Gold Radio – Christian music from the ’60s thru the ’80s; though it’s a bit like tightrope walking without a net, because they don’t tell you what you’re hearing, and there are many obscure songs. Great for Christian music trivia, however; I’m just not sure how many songs actually support the claim to include the ’60s. I have a 3,000-plus library of Christian music on vinyl, and only a small handful are pre 1970.
- Then again, you’re going to have to switch media for this one: Many of you know Pete Wilson from his blog and his new book, Plan B. But how many of you have been to Cross Point to check out a Pete Wilson sermon? I thoroughly enjoyed this experience on the weekend. Go to the page for Pete’s new Empty Promises series, and click on week one, the introductory message. I promise you 30 solid minutes of distraction-free preaching.
- Tullian Tchividjian has been busy on Twitter compiling short statements expressing various aspects of the gospel. Blogger Barry Simmons assembles a couple of lists at his blog The Journeyman’s Files both here and here. Sample sentence: “When we transfer trust from ourselves to Christ, we experience the abundant freedoms that come from not having to measure up.”
- Trevin Wax plays transcription stenographer to a recent address by Al Mohler as to how he came to his present position on women in pastoral ministry. Check out some highlights.
- What life goals are you working on? Things you’re trying to cultivate in your life? Ever feel lost or orphaned? Kathy Escobar has three words for you.
- Here’s another take on the new CEB (Common English Bible) translation, which the writer calls a “Good News Glut.” We learn now that five publishers are involved, and many are motivated by providing an alternative for the NRSV crowd.
- Just When You Thought You’d Heard Everything Department: Don’t know if this conversion would actually ‘stick,’ but Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell says she became a Christian because of her love of Italian food, primarily meatballs.
- This one’s been in my files for awhile… Author Max Lucado considers things spiritual and things sci-fi and everything in between in a consideration of what the next life might be like.
- Bene Diction posted this link a few days back to an article by Regent College professor John Stackhouse on the appropriateness of criticizing other Christians in a public forum. Should we shoot our own?
- Related? Here’s a comment from a reader at CT’s article on Rick Warren’s video appearance at the Desiring God conference, and John Piper’s negative attitude toward Warren in particular: “All of us, including the most intellectual, will be taking a Theology 101 course in heaven…”
- Author Wayne Jacobsen got an insider’s look at the making of the now-released movie adaptation of Karen Kingsbury’s book Like Dandelion Dust.
- New music artist of the week is two-time ASCAP award winner John DeGrazio. Check out his 2010 album Stronghold at his webpage.
- Michael Belote at Reboot Christianity has a great word picture of a typical gathering in the first century church, but to get there, link here first for a quick eight-question quiz.
- No actual link on this one, but I’m currently reading Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis … out loud! Working away one chapter a night, and with my youngest (who’s now 16) listening, I figure many of the chapters started out as radio broadcasts anyway, so why not cover the book in its original form. It also slows me down to catch all the nuances of Lewis’ masterful apologetics.
- At least one Target store would rather slash women’s clothing to pieces than donate it to an orphanage in southeast Asia. Why? They’re afraid someone else might get the product and try to return it for refund.
- It remains one of my all time favorite cartoons; so I’m thankful to a reader who sent a much better rendering of it than the one I posted… I think you already know the cartoonist’s name, right?
- And here’s an edgy one appearing September 14th from Tom Pappalardo at The Optimist written in response to the migration of Roman Catholics out of New England, which leaves the northeast with a reputation once exclusively belonging to the northwest: