Welcome to another installment of random links from Thinking Out Loud. If you’ve been on summer holidays, the list has become the victim of a corporate takeover. We’re now at Out of Ur on Wednesdays, the blog of Leadership Journal, a division of Christianity Today. We’ve asked our Chicago-based new bosses to aim for 8:00 AM EDT !!
Check the list also for an explanation as to the above Church photo, aka “Fruitcake as building material.”
- A subject I’ll click on every time: Greg Laurie on why is the United States seemingly absent in Biblical prophecy.
- So what about that verse about those with unruly children being unfit for leadership? Douglas Wilson kicks off a series wondering what happened to that qualification.
- Is there a hierarchy within the Trinity? Michael Patton suggests there is an order similar to the order in which we usually recite the parts of the Godhead.
- The Archbishop of Canterbury: Speaking in tongues? Yes. A personal conversion experience is necessary? No. Following Christ? It’s like getting measles. (Links like this? Priceless.)
- A CNN Religion writer suggests that as with everything else, there are six denominations of atheists.
- Coming in October to a theater near (some of) you: Watch the trailer for I’m In Love With a Church Girl.
- Readers at Real Clear Religion sent in another crop of 33 pictures of ugly churches. (We like #5 subtitled ‘Fruitcake as building material.’)
- Clergy lag behind military, teachers, and doctors in Pew survey list of most-respected professions; and this was a survey of churchgoers!
- Prime Minister David Cameron wants the default on UK home internet connections to block pornography unless the customer requests it.
- Women’s Department: A youthful group of women get together in Talking Taboo, a frank discussion about faith featuring a huge list of contributors.
- Bigger, better, louder, faster… in ministry we often want more when the model of scripture suggests maybe we need less of more.
- A song by J.J. Heller is featured in a 30-second tourism commercial for Queensland, Australia.
- Following a great family tragedy, pastor Rick Warren returns to the pulpit of Saddleback Church this weekend for the first time since March.
- Have you heard of churches wherein when the senior pastor resigns, every staff member tenders their resignation? One writer doesn’t like this idea.
- Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart is due to make a rare crusade appearance August 9th in Buffalo, New York.
- Sometimes those eBooks you get for a $1 (or less) are books that were never edited for grammar or spelling.
- The podcast On Pop Theology looks at modesty culture, purity culture, and why Christian dating advice isn’t so good. (Coarse language.)
- Somewhat related: Catholic bulletin announcement — “Dignity & Decorum: Please try not to wear beach shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Thank you.” But the temp is in the 80s at the 7:30 service.
- While missing the stats, here’s another article about college students exiting non-denominational Evangelicalism for ‘high’ liturgical churches.
- Ancient Art Department: You can blame the Egyptian god Bes for how the Devil got his looks.
- Also at the BBC Culture page: They’re building an ark in Long Island, though this one won’t touch water.
- I thought it would be cool to include a Spanish link. Too bad I don’t speak Spanish. Still it’s nice to know these blogs are there, like this one dealing with apologetics, worldviews, moral relativism and ministry to postmoderns. (Maybe I understand the language more than I realize.)
- American Interest Department: What US cities are ‘saintly’ and which ones are ‘sinful?’ You might be surprised.
- A blogger thinks we spent too much time in church facing the front of the room, and not enough time facing one another.
Finally, since Out of Ur is borrowing from us today, we thought we’d return the favor with a link to this post:
Twentyonehundred Productions is the InterVarsity multi-media team. They post an infographic like this each week on their Facebook page. Normally, that would be the end of things here, but since historically, the Wednesday Link List began or ended with a cartoon, I couldn’t resist
stealing borrowing one more graphic from them…