I think we’ll start with a shout out to all the people who gave up social networking and blogs for lent. In which case, why are you reading this?
- We kick off with a few quotations from an interview U2’s Bono did with a Johannesburg radio station last month, along with a link to an audio file of the entire program.
- The Rob Bell release date for Love Wins has been moved up by two weeks to March 15th, less than a week away! Mars Hill Bible Church in Granville, Michigan has made no official comment, but on Sunday, parishioners were told that church staff are supportive and excited about the book’s release.
- However, Jon Rising suggests that there’s a whole other controversial book releasing at HarperOne — the same day — and traces links to advance reviews of Miroslav Volf’s simply titled Allah: A Christian Response. The publisher blurb helps define the book’s hot spots.
- A young Christian woman tells her Christian father that she is gay. We’ve all heard stories like this, but what does that actually look like? How does that play out exactly? John Shore takes what is, to many of us a very abstract concept, and spells out what that really looks like in many families in his fictional Smith Family Chronicles; episode one and episode two already complete with more to follow.
- A couple of strong stories at Christian Week (three actually, and we’ll give each one its own bullet!). First a piece on how urban poverty is not a downtown thing anymore but is hitting the suburbs featuring the director of the Yonge Street Mission. (In fact, urban downtown areas are reconsolidating into a very upscale vibe.)
- Next, a piece about the relationship between the church and political debates sparked by Billy Graham’s statement that he regrets the times he waded in on political issues.
- Last in our CW hat trick — and I don’t expect my U.S. readers to get the full impact of this, but here this is huge — Crossroads, Canada’s largest Christian television ministry gave InterVarsity Christian Fellowship five of its Circle Square Ranch summer camps. No strings attached. An outright gift from one ministry to another. They become part of the ministry of IVCF as of the first of April.
- I find it interesting that many of today’s younger preachers are the subject of condemnation by older ones because the younger ones don’t do expository (verse by verse) preaching. But Andy Stanley really rose to the occasion in this series on Acts titled Big Church.
- Okay, it’s not that Facebook is solely responsible for one in five divorces as originally reported in 2009; but it is definitely accelerating the process.
- Spent about 40 minutes on Sunday night enjoying a mini-concert by an artist who is quite established here in Canada who needs to be shared with the rest of the world. Check out Greg Sczebel’s website.
- Got baggage? Know someone who’s got baggage? Check out this short video at GodTube. Also at GodTube here’s a music clip from Christy Nockels from the new album Passion: Waiting Here For You.
- Looking for some good news online? Here’s a site with a difference: My Miracle invites readers to post stories of God’s intervention in their lives. Maybe your story.
- Got a question for The Pope? He hits the Italian TV airwaves on Good Friday for a little bit of Q & A in a pre-recorded program.
- Several months ago, this blog ran a piece on modesty for girls. Now here’s a modesty test for your preteen or early teen daughter from Dannah Gresh’s Secret Keeper Girl website.
- If you’re reading this Wednesday morning or afternoon you can still catch our contest from Monday to win a copy of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.
- Here’s another one from Darrell at Stuff Fundies Like featuring all your favorite types of church songleaders.
- And speaking of same; here’s CT’s list of the Top 27 All Time Favorite… Hymns? That’s right, all scientifically calculated using books which contain them that nobody actually uses anymore. This could be the very last such list. (Click the image to see the chart clearer as a .pdf)
- Our cartoon this week recognizes that today is the first day of Lent, which every good Evangelical knows is the _____ ____s before ________. (Betcha we caught a few off-guard.) Bad Sheep is the product of Jay Cookingham who blogs at Soulfari, You can also click the image below to check out Lambo and Chop’s merchandise.