One of the more interesting lists of
lynx links I’ve posted in a long time…
- Starting out, here’s the ultimate list of stats comparing the NIV 2011 with previous NIV editions. Lots of changes in Ruth, Ezra, Amos and Jonah. And III John. But nothing like the 32% new content in Galatians. The least renovated is Song of Solomon, with other low change rates in II Kings and Esther.
- Very shocked to learn recently about the accident involving Ruth Graham’s husband Greg, who was in a major automobile accident. (Ruth is a daughter of Ruth Bell Graham and Billy Graham.) Pray for Ruth, Greg and their three sons. You can follow some of the story by clicking on the ministry website, selecting Ruth’s blog, and scrolling back to September 30th’s entry. Really, really try to remember to pray for this family.
- Barry Simmons has embedded a film clip dramatizing a critical moment in Martin Luther’s trial before the Diet of Worms, where he is given a chance to renounce his beliefs. Where would we be today if Luther hadn’t stood up the doctrinal corruption that was taking place at the time? (No, this Diet isn’t a weight-loss program. Click here and here to learn more.)
- Speaking of film clips, a regular reader — and one-time guest contributor to this blog — Simon Fraser University film student Nathan Douglas scored an opportunity to do a film review for Christianity Today magazine of a Finnish movie releasing on DVD in February, Letters to Father Jacob.
- Here’s a link to last night’s story on ABC World News about pastors who have lost their faith but can’t afford to lose their jobs. “…When speaking to parishioners, they tried to stick to the sections of the Bible that they still believed in — the parts about being a good person. Both said that they would like to leave their jobs though they can’t afford to.
- Timmy Brister at the blog, Provocations and Paintings has been busy reading AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, and highlights two videos that were used to open the AND Conference. I really like these videos, which help make the point of encouraging the blending the missional and the attractional approaches to church.
- And speaking of Calvinist bloggers, Phil Johnson at Pyromaniacs seems to take great delight in pouring gasoline on this fire, in a post entitled The Problem For Arminians. I’m not 100% sure what — other than intense pain — this particular line of discussion is serving, but I’m not alone, as the 200-odd comments clearly indicate.
- Mike Gilbart-Smith posts some fairly extensive notes from a lecture by Stuart Townend on Leading Corporate Worship. He also summarizes them here at 9 Marks. Don’t know who Townend is? Then click here.
- The author of Heaven almost got there at an earlier stage of life. Randy Alcorn talks about working at a 7-11 and being robbed at gunpoint. Well, actually he kinda glosses over it.
- Adam Young aka Owl City performs In Christ Alone with a couple of interesting key changes. He ends the blog post related to the song with this: “When He comes for His own, He will have no trouble recognizing me… because my banner will be clear.”
- And then, at the other end of the musical spectrum, we have the bluegrass sounds of The Franz Family kicking off the Christmas season early with O Come, O Come Emmanuel. I’ve always like this song; I like the simple harmonies on this, but I was really struck by the production of the video itself.
- Guess I’m going nuts with video links this week. If you were part of the Jesus Music scene in the late ’70s and early ’80s; you’ll remember an early worship song from the Maranatha! Five album by Bill Sprouse and the Road Home based on Psalm 5.
- Our cartoon this week is a bit of a mystery. I clicked on Church People at Baptist Press by Frank Lengel and ended up with a string of Friends cartoons by Franko. Same person? Beats me. I haven’t seen this one before among the seven different cartoons available there. The way I see it, the “news” value of telling that story makes up for my ignoring the copyright notice.