Too much rain in England, too little in California. Snow and ice in Texas, a balmy 70-degrees at the Winter Olympics. Whether you believe these are the end times, or simply attribute it to global warming, either way, it’s time to pour a coffee and read this week’s link list.
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- What if the people who put their energy into this pessimistic, satirical church website had instead created an actual fruit-bearing church that non-Christians would want to attend?
- The face of Evangelicalism in the UK is somewhat monopolized by programs managed by the ministry conglomerate, Holy Trinity Brompton.
- One of the stars of National Geographic’s Snake Salvation is dead of a snake bite. He is also reported to have refused medical intervention.
- One survey is suggesting that only 11% of young Christians could come up with an answer to the “Why Wait?” question.
- Move over, Systematic Theology, there’s a new theological textbook in town.
- A Philadelphia reporter looks at a Catholic and a Mormon congregation experiencing very different states of financial health.
- Christian rapper Bizzle has reportedly received death threats following the posting of a video that is a response to a song sung at the Grammy Awards.
- The latest faculty member at Southern Evangelical Seminary & Bible College in Matthews, N.C is a robot. Current duties include frightening a cat, but its role will increase in a study of human-machine relationships and ethics.
- Pastors: Check out this succinct summary of three lessons learned in an art gallery on maintaining unique ministry vision in a copy-and-paste world.
- Not sure if there was a swimsuit competition, but one writer has composed a list of the top 60 Evangelical theologians…
- …but one astute reader noted that absent from the list was Roger Olson.
- Kirk Cameron’s Unstoppable film from Provident Pictures tops the Christian DVD chart this week.
- Reconciling the Old Testament God and the New Testament God may be rooted in a wholly Trinitarian understanding of both.
- Straining at gnats and swallowing camels? Forget the young-earth/old-earth controversy, the in thing this week has to do with camels in Genesis.
- Tired of the same old ministry models? How about a marijuana ministry that offers cannabis compassion?
- Missional churches are naturally opposed to the big-box, attraction church model, but even in that context, there is a need for collective, corporate gatherings.
- From the land down under — you may need enhanced internet service — 10 rules for preaching the parables.
- Uber-blogger Tim Challies has kicked off a new series dealing with “some of Christianity’s most notorious false teachers.” Begin with Arius, who didn’t believe Jesus was co-eternal with God.
- A Mennonite pastor notes that his church’s discussions about sexuality often omit specific references to sin.
- Lost video treasures: Here’s an alternative rendering (that’s a clue) of the popular worship song 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord).
- Essay of the Week: What kind of world do your kids choose to live in?
- A blogger who is in the middle of converting from Christianity to Judaism interviews someone who has ‘de-converted’ from Christianity to atheism. A Christian writer says such stories “are like blood in the water for circling skeptics.” Read her reaction.
- Not sure why they published this as a women’s book, as I know a few guys who also feel their world is crashing: You’re Going to Be Okay is the newest from Holley Gerth.
- The latest conflict between pro-life ideals and abortion inducing drugs doesn’t involve an organization concerned about health care spending; this time it’s about a pharmacist.
- When a converted lesbian spoke at Wheaton College, some students organized a demonstration, though not necessarily against the choice of chapel speaker.
- Despite being in a “people business,” many pastors are terrible at leading their own staff. Clout author Jenni Catron suggests three reasons.
- Okay, just hypothetically, what if Evangelicals had this type of website? (Catch the last video, Attending a Mormon Church Service — three hours with no coffee break — also on YouTube.)
- Who knew? There’s a blog with a high Technorati rating called Theology For Girls.
- I liked this book, but with some language issues, it’s not for sale at CBD.
- If you transition from a megachurch to a small church plant, you’ll need to adjust your worship singing volume.
- Finally, I just had to go to Yahoo Images and look up Salvation Mountain upon hearing that its creator died this week. (Technically, it was God that made the mountain…)
Upper photo: sourced at Matthew Paul Turner’s blog, who got it from Tumblr. Click image to link.
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