Here we link again!…
- Five screen pages is longer by Christianity Today standards, but you should take the time to read this article by Drew Dkyk about “The Nones” and in particular, the group of people in their mid-to-late teens and early twenties who are exiting the church in droves who are termed “The Leavers.”
- If micro-finance is a key tool for lifting people out of poverty, Shane Claiborne of The Simple Way and Peter Greer of Hope Internationalare featured in this CNN piece asking Was Jesus a Communist or a Capitalist?
- Is the Pope Catholic? If you missed this week’s condom controversy, here’s where it all began.
- Donald S. Whitney brings a list of the top ten things a church can do to have the best worship services. #2 – Have clear Biblical support for every element in worship. Read the other nine here.
- Tim Stafford travels to a would-be “international” Christian conference only to discover that a very western mentality governs all the proceedings. Read his report from Lausanne.
- Bene at Bene Diction Blogs On (BDBO) is tracking ongoing developments in the Crystal Cathedral story, and concludes that with the level of compensation the CFO received, “The flock got fleeced.” Link here.
- Here’s a second link from BDBO. It concerns the reaction of a Canadian Christian talk show host to the “It Gets Better” campaign to try to prevent the suicides of gay teenagers. The typical response which alienates non-Christian gays (and Christian ones alike, of which there are surprisingly many) lacks compassion. Watch what Michael Coren said and a contrasting response from Wendy at New Direction.
- Got introduced this week to a new band which does some very current hymn cover tunes. Check out the MySpace page for Ascend the Hill.
- Okay, if you didn’t guess by now, the graphic at the top of the post is from Stuff Fundies Like. Click the image to link.
- First saw this at Darryl Dash’s blog, but it’s easy to read here at Zach Nielsen’s: The latest statistics on internet p0rn0graphy.
- While the radio announcer reports the latest crashes on the rush hour drive home, he could be kept just as busy reporting the moral crashes of movie- and music-industry teen idols. Here’s some discussion at Streaming Faith with a media and culture specialist at Focus.
- And what better place to insert this link: The blog On The Fence With Jesus, where a skeptical screenwriter and a Christian pastor discuss faith, asks the musical (pop music) question, Is Justin Bieber Really Religious?
- Bieber also talked about how his faith keeps him grounded in the madness of Hollywood and celebrity. He told the AP[Associated Press], ‘Like, I’m a Christian, I believe in God, I believe that Jesus died on a cross for my sins. I believe that I have a relationship and I’m able to talk to him and really, he’s the reason I’m here, so I definitely have to remember that. As soon as I start forgetting, I’ve got to click back and be like, you know, this is why I’m here.'”
- Church in a box department: If you want to know where your denomination fits in with all the others, you could do worse than clicking through a couple of times to view The Great Chart of Denominations. Hey, you’re curious aren’t you?
- Or maybe you’re more into statistics on mega-churches; after all there’s a whole book in the Bible about Numbers, right? (Warning to readers outside the 50 states: The relevance of all this is somewhat geo-blocked beyond the borders of the U. S. of A.)
- Here’s a great piece on “The Sinner’s Prayer” that is actually part one of two. This was also at Christianity 201 last night, as I’m really in awe of how this writer cuts to the heart of this issue.
- For all our U.S. readers who are heading into a weekend of massive gorging on food and massive consumer spending; here’s a re-run of last year’s TG cartoon from Joyoftech…
…Of course, regular readers will despair that this is our first Wed. Link List repeat cartoon, so we’ll have to have a new one — the newest, in fact…
…That one should be sufficient to be offend everyone, not the least of which is Nitrozac and Snaggy, the JOT creators who probably have a two-panels-per-blog limit.