Probably the most mixed-up link list ever posted here. If this is your first time; please check out last week’s! And though I don’t have a specific link for it, today is the 40th anniversary of the live recording of the Elton John album, 11-17-70, which, at the very least, gives us a nice graphic. (Note to U.S. readers: note it’s actually 17-11-70, the right way to do it. Smallest to largest, get it?)
- Starting in a different place this week, we go back to October’s Catalyst conference, where Craig Groeshel spoke on the generational tension that can exist in some churches, both large and small. Kent Shaffer at Church Relevance summarized this well, and also has similar thumbnails of the other main conference speakers.
- Julie Clawson fuses the Eucharist with a different interpretation (or explanation) of Jesus feeding the 5,000. “We were asked to share whatever we had with us–gum, granola bars, soft drinks, Goldfish, Altoids. The table overflowed with abundance, which we served to each other.” Check it out at One Hand Clapping.
- This was also linked at Christianity 201 on the weekend, but should be seen by more people, even though it’s written primarily to pastors. Skye Jethani on the Ten Commandments of Scripture Interpretation.
- This is a longer one, but it’s a must read. On the weekend iMonk ran a classic from the late Michael Spencer on the Archie Bunker mentality. “Archie loved an argument the way most people love dessert…” “I’ve decided that Archie Bunker is the patron saint of Christians who can’t stop making their point…” And this one, my favorite:
“I meet Calvinists who have no control over their need to make all Biblical discussions turn into debates on predestination. There are young earth creationists who hunt down anything that smells like a less-than-literal view of Genesis one and label it evolution. Pentecostal/Charismatics have all varieties of little brothers of Saint Archie who can’t stand it that someone isn’t riding the latest wave of the Holy Spirit into last days revival. Seminary students who can’t understand why there is anyone refusing to read N.T. Wright, and hand-wringers staying up nights writing letters to people who do read N.T. Wright.”
You can read it all here.
- And while we’re in a mood for ranting, we couldn’t not share — the above piece notwithstanding — this piece where John Shore lets out his frustration over people who tell him what to think. He calls it Church Authority Smurch Smashmority.
- Matt Appling visits a touring art installation based on Chairman Mao’s cultural revolution in China and ends up considering this particular piece entitled The Execution of Christ.
- Don’t know how, but my wife stumbled on an interesting thread of articles all having to do with an obscure brand of medical products we’d never heard of: 666 Cough Syrup and other 666 cold remedies. In this link, a customer is on the phone with a customer service rep trying to get them to see the other side of this; “But I mean it’s not, like, ‘665’ or ‘667.’ It’s ‘666.’”
- Okay, with a few exceptions, there’s not a lot of depth or substance to this week’s list but in case you’ve missed the fun people have been having for the past month at text-to-video site xtranormal.com, here’s one of the best: How To Plant a Church. And The New Music Minister. And The New Youth Minister. (Don’t get confused that they’re all wearing the same shirt; this ain’t Veggie Tales.)
- For a more serious take on church planting, check out Nancy Beach’s recent observations.
- Our cartoons this week are from the UK: Jon Birch’s popular The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus. It’s been so long, we should explain that the acronym stands for the British term, Anti Social Behavior Order. ASBO is always thought-provoking and often controversial. Click the images to link.