Thinking Out Loud

December 12, 2012

Wednesday Link List

Ketzel The Cat Menorah
Happy 12-12-12

  • Ketzel The Cat Menorah can be ordered here and was discovered, with lots of other Hanukkah kitsch here. If you don’t know the story behind this symbol, read this.
  • Speaking of kitsch, I never thought the introduction this fall of Theologian Trading Cards — yes this really happened — would lead to people wanting to collect cards that have been autographed.
  • He seems a bit young, but someone has already written a Rob Bell biography.  Here’s another review of Rob Bell and a New American Christianity.
  • Mark Driscoll’s home state, Washington, recently legalized small-quantity possession of marijuana. He reflects on this, noting, “people tend to stop maturing when they start self-medicating.”
  • Di Jameikan Nyuu Testiment (the Jamaican New Testament) represents four years research work and US$350,000; funded by was the American Bible Society, Wycliffe Group of Companies, British and Foreign Bible Society, and Spring Harvest through the Bible Society of The West Indies. Read more about the Jiizas Buk here and here.
  • Jen Wilkin writes a must-read for parents on guarding Sabbath-rest for your children.
  • Maybe it’s just me, but the idea of someone buried in a glass-sided coffin especially here in North America just creeps me out; even if the guy was/is a saint.
  • Here’s a skillfully-written list by Rachel Held Evans of five things you don’t have to walk away from if you leave conservative fundamentalism.
  • If you show up on Wednesdays looking for pictures to use on your blog, you might want to get to know Catholic Memes (Facebook page) or Catholic Memes (website).
  • “In an irony of history, the time of spiritual preparation and silent waiting has become the busiest, most frenetic season of the year.” Read more from Philip Clayton.
  • Here’s an article I wrote a year ago about what was then the top news story for at least month, concerning a popular college football coach and his inappropriate relationships with kids too young to attend the college in question. It’s interesting to read this now that we know how the story ended.
  • And from exactly a year ago, Steven Furtick bats it out of the park at a Liberty Convocation. I am really enjoying this series.
  • A Jewish music preservation group sets out to make the definitive Hanukkah compilation and ends up with an album dripping with Christmas cheer.
  • And speaking of music, I don’t know who wrote this song, or who is singing, but it gets my award for most costume changes in a four-minute praise video. This had ‘zero views’ when I discovered it.


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  1. If the video had zero views, how did you discover it? (By the way, it’s up to 10.)

    Comment by Clark Bunch — December 12, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    • This was a slow week, so as I do at least once a month, I went hunting for links, including a visit to GodTube. They have a section where you can see videos as they are being added. Something made me click on that one, but after ten seconds I had seen enough, but then something made me continue to watch; kinda like how people slow down to look at a traffic accident.

      Still, a lot of love went into making it, and the video does have a certain upbeat energy.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — December 12, 2012 @ 9:33 am

      • The praise video brought a smile to my face, partly because of all the costume changes but mostly because of the aforementioned love and energy. Now “Come and join me, let’s praise the Lord” is running through my head. Thanks for sharing it.

        Comment by Meg Moseley — December 12, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

  2. I agree that the glass coffins are creepy, having seen a few in Europe myself, and I have countless theological issues with Catholicism, but did you read that whole article? Some pretty hateful words there –

    Comment by missy @ it's almost naptime — December 12, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

    • It’s pretty standard anti-Catholic blog fare, and then he manages to take a shot at the U.S. President in the final paragraph. That’s interesting in itself; typically such ranters can’t stay on subject and end up boiling over on a number of different fronts.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — December 13, 2012 @ 9:28 am

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