Thinking Out Loud

January 16, 2013

Wednesday Link List

In the first link today, I want you to join me in a promotion project for a deserving songwriter and embed the video on your Facebook page, your blog, or whatever it takes to spread the word.

  • Our first link today is the above video. I’ve been corresponding with the creator of this for some time, but it couldn’t go public until now.  “An uplifting song that furnishes a concept of peace and oneness for humanity in deliberate contrast to John Lennon’s iconic anthem, ‘Imagine’.”  Here’s the story behind the song. I want to encourage you to share this with everyone you know! 
  • Here’s an article I wrote for C201, that I may yet reblog here. It’s about Jesus’ last words to his disciples, and they may not be the words you’re thinking of right now. 
  • And another C201 post that is both packed with scripture and introduces the new Chris Tomlin song, Whom Shall I Fear.
  • Essay of the week: Canadian Dave Carrol explains his faith, his faith journey, and his ‘conflicted’ Protestant and Catholic sides to a largely secular audience in his city’s newspaper.
  • The Harvard Theological Review is postponing publication of a major article on the papyrus fragment in which Jesus seems to refer to his wife, raising further doubts about a discovery that was set to turn Christian history on its head. More at Religion News
  • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove critiques a PBS special on the abolitionists; noting what the producers missed and what he is pleased they included.
  • If you’ve been following the Jack Schaap story, you’ll want to know that First Baptist Church in Hammond (IN) has hired a new pastor, John Wilkerson. More also at the church website.
  • Meanwhile in another casting call, how about Brad Pitt as Pontius Pilate?
  • Would Brian McLaren be a good fit to replace Louis Giglio at the Presidential bash?
  • And what if a letter from Barack Obama to Louis Giglio looked something like this letter?  Plus, I couldn’t overlook a piece that Gabe Lyons wrote on how Louis was ‘bullied off the stage.’
  • Pushing past the controversy, Christianity Today reported on Louis Giglio’s signature event, The Passion Conference. Between Passion and Urbana, it’s easy to see what American Christian youth were up to over the holidays. So why does a search for Urbana at CT turn up nothing?
  • While it doesn’t have a Christian message, this 3-minute public service announcement from the Australian government should give you good reason to slow down in all areas of life.
  • As the countdown begins to the Big Game in the U.S. (February 3rd, if you’re wondering) poet Greg Asimakoupoulos: laments that these sports extravaganzas now routinely happen on Sundays. As game day approaches, you might want to copy and paste this to the American football fans you know.  [HT: David Fisher]
  • The issue of prayer at civic events switches this week to a debate about the subject at West Point Academy.
  • Mike Duran is closing in on 300 comments for a piece he wrote about websites that put evangelicalism under the microscope or simply put it to ridicule. Some of the language is edgy, but if you’re okay with that, check out, The Anti-Evangelical Hate Machine. Later, in an effort to better understand one of the bloggers, he interviews Darrel Dow of Stuff Fundies Like.  (SFL is also the source for today’s lower graphic.)
  • A few weeks ago we attended a New Year’s Eve-Eve night of ‘clean comedy’ with Timmy Boyle, and learned that a number of comedians in Canada are creating a family-friendly comedy circuit. Here’s a story of Matt Falk, a similar entertainer whose debut album topped the iTunes comedy category on its day of release. 
  • Also for my Canadian readers, next Monday night at 8:00 PM on CBC TV’s Mr. D., history teacher Gerry Duncan wades into religion with this line, “Jesus was Jewish and even he was Catholic.” Sigh.
  • Ending with a video since we opened with one: Cindy Jacobs tells an interviewer about the ‘miracle’ of her shoes not wearing out.

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  1. True, the Big Game on Feb. 3 will be played on a Sunday, but so has every Super Bowl since 1967. It’s a little fundie to suggest that we must be in church “every time the doors are open.” Even if I skipped Sunday evening (I probably won’t) I will still get in the a.m. service, Wednesday Bible study and Friday morning men’s prayer group. Has professional sports become the modern form of idolatry? That is probably true, but I don’t think merely playing the Super Bowl on Saturday afternoon is likely to fix it.

    For the record, I am not the world’s biggest fan of any sport. I attend local high school football and watch a college team on t.v. The Super Bowl is the only NFL game I watch all year.

    Comment by Clark Bunch — January 16, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    • I think part of this is the element of “sports as religion” and “the arena is the new cathedral.” That this and other games take place on a Sunday just adds to that picture.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — January 16, 2013 @ 10:15 am

  2. By the way, I did read the poem and had no particular problem with it. Your statement “now routinely take place on Sundays” made it sound like a recent change which I don’t think you meant to imply.

    John Lennon’s Imagine has always made me a little uneasy as well, even as everyone around me seemed to rave about how awesome it is. As far as music goes yes, but even Christians will repeat the mantra of how good the message it. The message is no different than “getting rid of religion will solve all our problems” but it comes in a pretty package. I will do what I can to share Reimagine.

    And hey, thanks for bringing the Link List every week. I don’t if anyone follows, but I link each week from the Master’s Table Facebook fan page.

    Comment by Clark Bunch — January 16, 2013 @ 10:11 am

  3. I have known John Lennon’s song ever since it was released and it has always made me sad. So I have shared the new version on facebook (13 friends!) and set up some music pages on my blog where I can share this and other songs I am happy to promote. I’ll be thinking of you this evening (our 7pm). Sue

    Comment by suesconsideredtrifles — January 19, 2013 @ 5:53 am

  4. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Very glad this struck a chord in those who’ve gotten to playing it. Thank you Paul for featuring this to all your interesting and interested readers. We very much appreciate you! :-)

    Best to you and yours,
    Flagrant Regard

    Comment by Flagrant Regard — January 19, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

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