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- Taping has begun for The Rob Bell Show to air on OWN, Oprah’s network. There’s one a week today (5/14) but audience members must make a six hour commitment (and provide a picture of themselves; no kidding!)
- From home-schooled kid to co-director of Moms’ Night Out, a director’s take on the movie opening just in time for Mother’s Day weekend.
- Essay of the Week: Perhaps we’ve put the church growth/megachurch model on a pedestal when the model we should be idolizing is much smaller communities.
- When the seminar from a featured speaker at a UK spring festival draws less than 100 people, does that say something about his name recognition or churches not prioritizing outreach?
- “Let’s give the Lord a clap offering” is the latest phrase under the microscope at Dictionary of Christianese.
- HarperCollins Christian Publishing group will now include Olive Tree, a Bible software app that’s probably on your phone right now.
- No matter how much energy the band generates and no matter how great the precision of the flashing lights, some megachurch Evangelicals find their way back to the hymnbook.
- With many church activities being ‘a young man’s game,’ what does leadership look like when you enter your mature years?
- Cornerstone Television in Pennsylvania has been doing some cool things for 35 years now. (His Place is approaching 200 episodes.) Their latest new show is Sister 2 Sister.
- A young teen, Molly Kate Kestner finds out what happens if you don’t strive to be a star. (Now closing in on 4,000,000 views!)
- The opener to this one had me hooked: “In Catholic circles, the joke goes that if you want to quote from the Bible, find a good Protestant to help you.”
- Publisher’s Weekly interviews theologian Miroslav Volf.
- Modern Hymn of the Week: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery. (Thanks, Zach!)
- Pastors and Depression: A quick list of the top ten triggers.
- Barnabas Piper doesn’t think people should write about writing. Nicholas McDonald disagrees.
- Pope Francis joins Catholic scholarship in espousing an economic view that is neither Capitalism nor Communism, but rather ‘Distributism.’
- Four Blood Moons sold enough copies to land on Tim Challies’ radar. Don’t be expecting a positive review.
- Is China really declaring war on megachurches or was this bulldozing truly just an over-the-top response to a building code issue?
- The issue that won’t go away: The Voice Bible blog with more on its translation choice for God’s name.
- Social media continually proves itself to be the wrong place for certain kinds of conversations.
- HarperCollins arranged to have a team of evangelical scholars write a rebuttal to Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God. The latter will release through Zondervan.
- The “Jesus had a wife” document turns out to be a forgery after all.
- The parents of an 18-year old TV star in the UK produced and acted in porn. Their son speaks out about how that genre is warping his generation’s view of sex.
- Author Emily Wierenga on why she doesn’t immediately launch Facebook first thing in the morning.
- Skye Jethani thinks your pastor’s sermon last Sunday might have run a bit long.
- The daughter of singer Ray Boltz on women’s reproductive rights.
- FOX-TV explores the life of Jesus at 13 — oh, those awkward teenage years — and other apocryphal stories in the new series Nazareth, now filming.
- An IVP author makes a solid case on video for meeting homelessness with affordable housing.
- All those pocket-sized Love Inspired inspirational fiction books have been bought by HarperCollins, along with the rest of Harlequin.
- Is a Christian lyric makeover considered parody? Either way, this is based on the popular song Royals by Lorde. (If you like the band Apologetix…)
- I love it when the visual layout of a blog matches the writer’s goal. (And check out the Sidewalk Prophets song posted on March 3rd.)
- …time to get back to work reviewing the curriculum that goes with AHA by Kyle Idleman, clearly the best yet from City on a Hill productions.
Congratulations to Phil Vischer, Skye Jethani and Christian Taylor on Episode 100 of the Phil Vischer Podcast! Click the image, sent in by listener Kyle Frisch to listen/watch.
|Songs with substance: Enduring worship
If you check the right hand margin over at Christianity 201, you’ll see that all of the various music resources that have appeared there are listed and linked alphabetically. Take a moment to discover — or re-discover — some worship songs and modern hymns from different genres.