I thought we’d kick off with something timely for back-to-school from Zazzle.com:
Here are this week’s links, and one or two I accidentally left off last week’s list. As usual you need to scoot over to Out of Ur for the actual linking.
- Yeah, I know. Three links to Dictionary of Christianese in six weeks. But how I could pass when the word was narthex? Meet you in the narthex when you’re done reading the rest of the list.
- A trailer is out for a movie celebrating 40 years of England’s Greenbelt Music & Arts Festival.
- Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love is an all-time Christian fiction bestseller. Now, word that after many years, Bridge to Haven, a new title, will release in spring 2014.
- Essay of the Week: A Facebook fast isn’t fasting. Actress and writer Hannah Rivard guest posts at The Rebelution, the blog of Alex and Brett Harris.
- A Tennessee judge rules you can’t call a child Messiah.
- The above item reminds us of a story we did a few months ago: In New Zealand you can name a kid Faith, Hope or Charity, but not Justice. (They turned down two Messiah’s there also.)
- Because your kids’ picture Bible storybooks tend to be family friendly, odds are that these five stories didn’t make the final edit.
- Related: A serious management feasibility study on how Noah got all the animals to fit inside.
- At Stuff Christians Like, a few lines of dialog that even your adult Bible is missing.
- The best articles on Bible translation are always written by people who actually do Bible translation.
- Despite being on record as not wanting to speak to certain topics, it turns out that C. S. Lewis actually did address homosexuality.
- You’ve heard him on radio, now meet the face behind the voice: Christian financial planning expert Dave Ramsey takes to video.
- If we believe in the priesthood of all believers, does that by definition diminish the need for structured leadership?
- Another outdoor concert stage collapse, this time involving Christian bands MercyMe and The Afters at the Cleveland County fairgrounds.
- The names have been changed to protect both the innocent and the guilty: A tale of two pastoral transitions.
- We may be on a journey to eternal life, but a Pew Research survey claims that only one in three of us want this life to last eternally.
- David Hayward aka The Naked Pastor is the latest Christian blogger to try the podcast thing.
- Confession isn’t just good for the soul, it’s necessary for taking steps toward a holy God.
- In the Assemblies of God denomination, growth is taking place, but their trademark distinctive, speaking in tongues, is on the decline.
- Is it blasphemous or just plain vulgar? A UK vicar claims the former Archbishop of Canterbury rode in her car and wasn’t disturbed by her edgy and controversial bumper sticker. [Content advisory]
- Related: Describing her book as “a messy profanity- and prayer-laden theological memoir,” the Sarcastic Lutheran aka Nadia Bolz-Weber introduces Pastrix. No wonder reviewers like myself aren’t being given advance copies. Here’s a video trailer. [Much stronger content advisory: NSFCO (Not safe for church offices)]
- In your local church, do you have the gift of diapers or the gift of chairs?
- Hoping to flee what they consider U.S. government interference in religion; a family ends up lost at sea.
- I never know how to end the list each week, but the Canadian in me is drawn to this.
One thing I really miss with the new arrangement is the feedback from readers on particular links. So feel free to comment either here or at Out of Ur.