Thinking Out Loud

October 31, 2012

Wednesday Link List

Welcome to another Wednesday Link List. We have no plans to mention the October 31st thing here.

  • The blog Sue’s Considered Trifles is a fun place for people who love words and love language. Most posts contain related phrases and sayings, usually ending with a short scriptural or faith-based thought. You can refer friends to individual posts, or copy and paste and send as emails.
  • “Because it’s only once in awhile that we get to hear Jesus talk about brutal self-mutilation as a sign of discipleship.” So begins a sermon on Mark 9: 42-48 by Nadia Bolz-Weber you can listen to or read at her blog.
  • A consultant for the U.S. State Department brings a rather sobering article on the long term prospects for Christians in the middle east.
  • Our Creative Writing Award for October — if we had one — would surely go to Hannah Anderson, for this piece about being a mother of three at church offering time.
  • Does liturgy work with the poor and uneducated. Consider: “The liturgy has been, at least initially, a barrier to our illiterate population. After one or two months, however, they have it memorized.” Learn more at this interview.
  • Pete Wilson cites Adam Stadtmiller who suggests that our present model of what we call “singles ministry” is quite unsustainable.
  • We frequently hear stories of the desires of the people who hold the movie rights to the Left Behind books to re-make the existing films. This version gives the starring role to Nicholas Cage.
  • For my Canadian readers: If you remember the story from a few years back about the Ponzi scheme that impacted people at 100 Huntley Street and Crossroads Christian Communications, here is an update.
  • If you don’t feel there are enough Bible translations currently available, then you’ll be happy to know the International Standard Version is getting closer to being available in print.
  • And speaking of Bible versions, if your 66-book collection of choice is the King James, and the King James Bible only, then you probably want to date court someone who feels the same. For that you need to put your profile on King James Bible Singles. (You don’t need to join to read all the profiles — in great detail — already posted.)
  • Rachel Held Evans answers all your questions about the book that is causing so much controversy.
  • On a similar theme, Bruxy Cavey equates the Old Testament’s Levitical purity laws as akin to Spiritual Cooties. This 2-minute clip may not be safe for work, or any other environment.
  • Meanwhile, Kathy Keller, wife of author and pastor Timothy Keller offers some criticisms of Rachel’s book in the form of an open letter. If you click, don’t miss the comments.
  • But then you wouldn’t want to miss this review, which suggests there are Rachel Held Evanses in every church.
  • In other book news, Kyle Idleman, author of the chart-topping Not a Fan is releasing a new book, Gods at War in January.


  1. From the KJV-only Singles front page: “NEVER meet ANYONE in person ALONE, no matter how trustworthy they seem in internet correspondence. I suggest meeting at your local church, preferably with your pastor. And carry a gun for protection (until Obama takes it from your cold dead hand).”

    Comment by Clark Bunch — October 31, 2012 @ 9:37 am

  2. I may indeed purchase and read an ISV Bible for the purpose of textual reference. The dirty little secret of the ESV (maybe not “secret” though not publicized at the time it went on sale) is that 94% of the verses are unchanged from the RSV text on which it’s based. The ISV claims to be based on no previous English translation but sourced entirely on ancient texts, making a big deal out of the Dead Sea material. I’m interested. But the first thing I saw when I clicked through to the sight was John 3:16, which describes Jesus as God’s “unique Son.” In the early centuries of the church there was already debate about the nature of Jesus existence, and so the 381 version of the Nicene Creed describes him as the “only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds.” That’s a lot of criticism to heap on one verse; I will be interested to read the prophetic texts of the Messiah in Isaiah and epistles such as Colossians 1 (image of the invisible God).

    I am an advocate of reading multiple versions of the biblical text. I look forward to adding the ISV to my library, but will likely remain a fan of the ESV as the Word of God presented in our current English language. Just my knee-jerk reaction, I’ve probably said too much.

    Comment by Clark Bunch — October 31, 2012 @ 10:18 am

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