Another collection of things my web history says I visited this week:
- The Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit simulcast happens for Canada September 29th to 30th with the rebroadcast of speakers from the U.S. event plus Canadians Tim Schroeder and Reginald Bibby.
- Clergy, or people doing the work of clergy, are entitled to IRS tax breaks in the United States including a generous housing allowance. But this doesn’t get applied in denominations such as the Southern Baptist Convention that don’t offer ordination or equivalent credentialing. So as applied by Baptists the housing allowance becomes a sexist issue.
- And speaking of tax issues, is this another case of the head of a charity being overpaid? I refer to the case of lawyer Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice.
- New blog of the week — except it’s over a year old — is More Christ by K.W. Leslie where you’ll find some serious devotional articles, but, inexplicably, also a Jesus Junk page where you can purchase the t-shirt at right.
- With the school year in full swing, Jon Acuff asks, When should you let your kids use Facebook? 130+ comments and counting.
- Like most of you, I always keep a Salvation Army Captain or two on speed dial, and mine also happens to blog at Il Capitano Inquisitore. This week, he’s dealing with the contrast between the S.A.’s statement on gay and lesbian issues, and what it doesn’t say about when those same ‘welcomed’ people want to step into a leadership role. He tells me the comments pale in comparison to the off-the-blog mail…
- Juanita Bynum updates Pentecostal and Charismatic distinctive theology by introducing typing in tongues on her Facebook page. To which I say: fsdgklhs ddtowyet scprnap.
- “…The man told me in the letter that he had seethed in a quiet fury and then picked up his Bible and walked out…” Russell D. Moore tackles the thorny issue of “closed communion” or “fencing the communion table” in a piece at Touchstone appropriately titled, Table Manners.
- Meanwhile, back at his own blog, Moore looks at the internet debates between people of different denominational and doctrinal (D&D) stripes as not much different than the Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) club debates of his high school. “The Dungeons and Dragons clubs came to mind because those guys, at least in my junior high school, seemed to be obsessed with something that seemed to have no relevance at all to their lives, or to anyone else’s. But D&D became their identity.” Read more, or rather, read Moore.
- Glen Scrivener has written a poem that takes three minutes to read and contains 106 phrases that the King James Bible introduced into the language. He calls it a King James-themed something or other. (It may turn up here in full on a slow day, but you can read it now!) It’s also a video which you can watch here, or literally watch it here in the comments section.
- Shawn Stutz offers his rant about Bible Gateway’s ‘sanctified’ version of Farmville.
- Are you ready for “The Great Atomic Power?” That’s the theme of a bluegrass/country song by the Louvin Brothers. But as Darrell at SFL informed me, Ira Louvin’s story is a little checkered.
- This one stretches all the way back to late July, but I guess this really hot breaking Christian news story took a little longer to reach us here.
- This week’s cartoon — in keeping with our green t-shirt theme — is from No Apologies Allowed, which describes itself as “Weekly apologetics cartoons and quotes for the faithful, the faithless, and the full-of-its.” The blog consists recently of responses to atheists and Mormons.