A kangaroo walks into a bar.
“Wow!” the bartender says; “We don’t get many kangaroos in here.”
“Yeah,” says the Kangaroo, “And at these prices, you’re not going to get many more.”
…I know it’s pathetic, but that’s always been one of my favorite jokes, and the link list seemed the best place for it.
- Our lead link this week: David Santisteven on How To Fail as a Worship Leader In Ten Easy Steps. (Step 5: Leave theology to the preachers.)
- And here’s a bonus ten for people interested in worship: Ten Ideas to Incorporate the Scriptures into a Worship Service.
- They won’t respond to communication from outsiders, but a surprising number of Amish Teens are now on Facebook, getting online through their cellphones.
- Sarah Pulliam Bailey brings an 7-page look at the reshaping of Focus on the Family; and a 2-page sidebar as to what James Dobson is up to.
- Dana at Upwrite asks all the hard questions about the TOMS shoes fad. (If I’d known you could get that word length writing about shoes, I would have done it long ago!)
- Let’s go two in a row from Upwrite: Can you be a hybrid Christian? Can you combine ideas from other faiths with Christian belief?
- If you missed the Wild Goose Festival, photographer Courtney Perry has 227 pictures; you can even purchase copies.
- John Starke nails it on How to Write a Great Book Review (Or How Not to Write a Bad One).
- And Chan himself sits down with Mark Galli at CT for what appears to be an interview but is really more of a dialog.
- Stephen Brewster was one of many syncrobloggers who joined together in June to talk about blocks to creativity. He links to some of the other writers, too.
- Frank Turk digs into the can of worms being opened by New York’s new marriage law.
- Craig Groeshel, the guy with the .tv web domains, is now suggesting individuals and families take a few nights off each week to unplug.
- A few days late for the 4th, but for our American friends, Louis Giglio reflects on the Declaration of Independence with Chris Tomlin on camera and some cheap shots at England’s Matt Redman. (HT: Worship Blog)
- Matt Rawlings brings his twice yearly top five books list, and his top 62 “geek” books list.
- Also on books, Jon, our academic book-watcher on the left coast wants you to know about Christians at the Border: Immigration, The Church and the Bible. Basically this is a Guatemalan professor of Old Testament studies discussing social policy. Here’s the publisher’s 411, and a 9-pg .pdf preview.
- Adam Young, aka Owl City, has a new video, packed with footage from the Back to the Future movies. Check out Deer in the Headlights.
- But we can take the animal video linking thing further with this Charlie the Hamster audio file. (HT: Stuff Fundies Like.)
- Anne Jackson, transparent as ever, has reactivated her blog which has been dormant since March. You can read her posts from June 17th and June 24th.
- No link here, but my son Chris put this on his Facebook page:
The Parable of the Dry Stick
I was out for a hike a while ago and there was a stick on the path. I gave it a kick, and all the bark broke off and scattered, leaving only the bare, white wood.
God then said: “The world is full of people who will completely change, who are just waiting to be prompted, quietly hoping someone will disrupt their daily ennui.”
If you know one of those people, give them a proverbial kick. Tell them their life can amount to something. Invite them to join the adventure of discovering God.
Separated at Birth (and by a few generations) — Lyn Cryderman, author of Glory Land, republished as No Swimming on Sunday and Colton Burpo of Heaven is for Real fame. The Cryderman book is a bit of a hard-to-find collector’s item but an excellent document capturing growing up in America in the Free Methodist denomination. “I gotta home in Glory land that outshines the sun…Way beyond the blue”