Thinking Out Loud

September 11, 2013

Wednesday Link List

Out of Ur

Catch this week’s links at Out of Ur, the blog of Leadership Journal, a ministry of Christianity Today.

Link and the world links with you; lurk and you lurk alone…

  • A Texas pastor believes the R-rating a small budget film received was intended to limit exposure to its faith-based message.
  • In one of their best articles ever, Justin and Trisha Davis suggest six questions that will transform your marriage.
  • So, if you had to narrow it down, what might make your list of the most influential Christian books of all time?
  • Can you honestly be said to possess a real faith if you keep it to yourself?
  • Barely days into a new school year, and the president of Pat Robertson’s Regent University resigns.
  • Christian publishing’s best known cold case detective suggests that what appears to be radical opposition to Christianity is often only volitional resistance.
  • Veteran touring and recording Christian group Superchic[k] is disbanding.
  • Many of you probably know about this, but if you don’t, provides suggestions for each of book of the Bible of the two best commentaries.
  • Essay of the Week: Any parent who gets a letter like this from their 15-year daughter has much to be thankful for.
  • When a pastor is daydreaming, he’s possibly imagining himself quitting the ministry.
  • A woman who is married to a man who is also same-sex attracted gives us an inside look at their marriage and five things we need to know.
  • Going deep: All of our quirks, mistakes, and, yes, sin, make us the kind of people who wouldn’t enjoy spending eternity with God. We need to go beyond sin management.
  • Rick McKinley reflects on finding the upside when surgery or injury leaves you sidelined for a season.
  • I love it when Adam Young, aka Owl City, posts something like this.
  • He was the pastor of seven churches before becoming a secular humanist. Last month, for the first time, he posted the letter he sent his congregation describing his journey.
  • Your moment of peace for the day: Fernando Ortega singing Jesus, King of Angels.
  • Though he was raised Catholic himself, a blogger responds to a Catholic article attempting to refute the concept of sola scriptura.
  • Blog scoop of the decade: Pastor and author Rob Shepherd brings the third of his exclusive interviews with Jesus.
  • After a feature on NBC news, a blog post by Kim Hall, the Director of Women’s ministry at All Saints Presbyterian in Austin, Texas went viral. The topic? Girls who take suggestive selfies and boys who can’t un-see them.
  • In Cape Town, South Africa, a meeting called Underground Church is similar to David Platt’s Secret Church, only on a different scale.
  • Future flash-forward: I love reading about next generation people driven to use media to impact their world, like this Kickstarter project for the movie Heart of Faith.
  • Four kids. One big store. One hour. A big dog. The kids are each allowed to choose one thing. What do you think they will select?
  • My primary source for online Bible reading is BibleGateway.Com which is also related to Christianity Today somehow, so I don’t want to bite the proverbial hand. But if your look-ups are impaired by a bad memory, BlueLetterBible.Org has a secondary search that lets you get 3 out of 5 words wrong and still find the verse (maybe) and BibleServer.Com is great for foreign language searches.
  • On my own blog this week: Looking at some similarities between two megachurch pastors from two different eras.
  • And finally, how did we miss this July 1st press release: “A new research project at Oxford will examine whether animals benefit or suffer thanks to religion.” I know that for me, “animal-friendly” is what I’m looking for in a belief system.

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