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- Opening and closing cartoons today are from Sacred Sandwich…
- So what do you when you’re Rob Bell and everybody who has read Love Wins and everybody who hasn’t read Love Wins is asking, “What’s up with that?” Answer: You do what you do best and go on tour renting large auditoriums in places like New York.
- Though I’ve never been able to visit his church, this five-minute clip demonstrates why Pete Wilson is one of my favorite pastors.
- Honestly, I don’t make these links up. The choir members at the big glass church must sign the “Crystal Cathedral Worship Choir and Worship Team Covenant” affirming the church’s stand against homosexuality. Yet oddly: “John Charles, a spokesman for the cathedral, said this does not mean gays are banned from the choir.’This contract is to educate choir members about what our church believes in,’ he said.” Read for yourself.
- My prediction: Within 3-5 years a segment of Calvinists and neo-Calvinists will complete their breakaway from the rest of us and form an isolated denomination called The Gospel Coalition that will separate them from both Protestantism and Evangelicalism. They’re already building concensus for their own hymnbook.
- The Message Bible translator — and I do mean “translator,” not “paraphraser” — Eugene Peterson has a new book out, The Pastor, A Memoir (HarperCollins) and it’s reviewed at Christianity Today by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, co-editor with Shane Claiborne on the recently released Common Prayer liturgical resource. The review contains this quotation from the book: “”North American culture does not offer congenial conditions in which to live vocationally as a pastor. Men and women who are pastors in America today find that they have entered into a way of life that is in ruins.” The impression one gets of a book that is half autobiographical and half prescriptive.
- Ryan Dueck asks the musical question, “Why Should We Then Blog,” which should be must-reading for those of us who blog.
- Hannah Goodwyn at CBN News has a list of the top ten current Christian bestsellers you should read, though I personally disagree with her #1 choice, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. All are recently released except for Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. And no mention of Crazy Love which we covered here yesterday. Not sure why people do these lists. Not sure why I just linked to it.
- Speaking of books, Jason Hood writes at Christianity Today that Eric Metaxas’ book on Bonhoeffer may lead to misunderstandings as to where, from an Evangelical perspective anyway, the subversive/pastor “fits in” theologically.
- Meanwhile, Sherry at Semi Colon blog recommends using Bonhoeffer‘s Cost of Discipleship this year for Lent.
- If you watched the Grammy Awards, or have an awareness of current music, you may be somewhat aware of a song that was performed as “Forget You,” but also has another similar, but different title that can’t be printed here. So here’s an equally disturbing parody of the song from a Christian perspective, “Bless You.”
- Mark Almlie at Out of Ur asks the question, “Is being a Protestant single pastor like being a married Catholic priest? Is it an oxymoron?” Okay, that was really two questions. If you’re an Evangelical, have you ever known or had a pastor who was unmarried?
- Zac Hicks’ worship blog reviews a Neue magazine article and carefully differentiates between traditionalism and tradition.
- The original Friendly Athiest (the one that’s not Matt Caspar) breaks out the list of the Ten Most Religious and Ten Least Religious U.S. States. By the way, is it just me or is “Utah Jazz” a rather conflicted name for a sports team?
- Anthony Bradley says the best apologetic is simply to live a radical Christian life, and that’s how believers in earlier generations understood it. “Being different is a struggle for American Christians who often find it desirous to be as much like our society in every way except for the occasional Sabbath from culture for religious activities.”
- Thom Rainer, CEO of Lifeway, which regular readers know is one of my favorite Christian publishing company in the whole world [Note to not regular readers: That was a lie] offers four principles for pastors and leaders who find themselves in a change-resistant church.
- For Lent he went on an all-beer diet. Seriously. It’s a long story. He’s now up to day 15 of 40. Personally, based on yesterday’s post, I’m not so sure that J. Wilson is going to go the distance. The above link is to his blog, this one to a media story about him.
- Link suggestions are always welcomed. Here’s another from Sacred Sandwich (click images to link).