Thinking Out Loud

August 27, 2014

Wednesday Link List

Wonderful the matchless

You know, that thing where you take a bucket of links and pour them over your head…

So there you have it! Not a single link about the social media story of the week, unless you count the sideways reference in that last item. To submit a link, send it by noon on Monday, except for next week, which is a holiday Monday.



  1. On sermon publication – all of my sermons exist online as blog posts. Sometimes I preach a sermon then write it as a blog post, publishing it the next day or later in the week. On other occasions I have taken archive blog posts and developed that material into a sermon. Very seldom do I advertise “this is the sermon I preached Sunday morning” because a blog post and sermon is not the same thing. Regulars readers of my blog that also listen to me preach will find some things they recognize (but that is a very small audience).

    The Jake Meador post talks a lot about new technology and social media. He acknowledges that Calvin printed commentaries but not sermons. But what about local radio and television stations that have been broadcasting church services and pastor-hosted programs for decades? The cassette tape/ VHS sermon series of the 80’s gave way to CD and DVD sermons in the 90’s. MP3 downloads of podcasts and online streaming is just the latest trend. Meador treats the availability of sermons outside of the church service time like a completely new phenomenon.

    Comment by Clark Bunch — August 28, 2014 @ 9:10 am

    • You had to be physically present at that church in order to buy a cassette; the present situation means people can, as I did a few weeks ago, listen to a sermon from England without knowing anything about that church. I think he’s saying that not everything that goes on in that church would be appropriate for universal consumption.

      One of the challenges of the seeker-sensitive movement was that the pastor never had a time to speak to his own people on the day most attend. There weren’t opportunities to deal with “internal” church issues. That means sometimes you just have to set aside a Sunday for a “family talk.” You would not want to post those.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — August 28, 2014 @ 9:25 am

  2. Paul – fascinated by your stat about downloads of the first chapter of my book being IVP’s most downloaded on Scribd. how did you figure that out?!

    Comment by seangladding — August 28, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

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