Time for another one!
- Actually going to kick off with an internal link, because when I wrote this review back in May, I never imagined that Kyle Idleman’s book, Not a Fan would do as well as it has.
- You may have seen Jessica Latshaw in A Chorus Line, or you may have seen her on YouTube singing on the A train in the New York City subway with hair in pigtails. The daughter of a Maryland pastor, JL explains how it all went down.
- A Danish study shows that victimization of children on the internet is significantly reduced when parents are aware of the kids’ online activity.
- Buried in one of those articles about all the new laws that came into effect in 2012: “California also becomes the first state to mandate the teaching of gay history. A new law requires schools to include in the public-school curriculum the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, along with disabled persons and others…”
- Mark Driscoll’s book on sex and marriage — which now has a video trailer — is being overshadowed by Ed & Lisa Young’s latest sermon series and book, Sexperiment. One blog suggests it’s not necessary, while another, Master’s Table, agrees with Internet Monk that it’s hard to think over the noise of the Evangelical circus.
- I swore we were done with Christmas links, but this is so good and I want to be able to track it down 11 months from now. This is The Christmas Story as told by the children of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand. HT: Walt Mueller.
- Matt Chandler offers a gospel-centered interpretation of the story of David and Goliath; and you’re not David in the story.
- Country music fans: Canada’s Ali Matthews has released the full — nearly six minutes — video of her song Carry Me Home.
- Hope the churches using older wireless microphones got the message that they now risk fines of over $100,000 US and imprisonment.
- I’ve heard a number of people talk about the Biblical emphasis on hospitality. But not so much lately. I remember Jesus Movement icon Lonnie Frisbee telling me, “The early church fellowshipped from house to house and we fellowship from restaurant to restaurant.” Here’s a short article to start the hospitality discussion where you live.
- This just in: Preachers sin. Who knew? Some encouragement for those in pastoral ministry from Peter Mead, which is part of a series on issues which can disqualify people from ministry. And here’s a classic from March I had bookmarked where Peter talks about moralism as preaching element which can strangle the gospel.
- Also for people in vocational ministry, here’s a list of Rick Warren’s ten things to remember as we begin a new year, as reposted at Leadership from The Heart.
- And we don’t want to leave out worship leaders: Here’s Chris Vacher’s take on a possible alternative — in some instances — to using CCLI as a source for legal worship song charts and parts.
- If your church is wrestling with the idea of ditching Sunday morning children’s ministry, you should read this apologetic for Sunday Kid Min.
- B o n u s : W a t c h f o r m o r e l i n k s o n S a t u r d a y !