Normally we lead off with a funny picture or cartoon, but after yesterday’s reports on the Iran nuclear negotiations, I want to give the space to the Saeed Abedini story instead. Some of you know I give this story prominent display space from time to time, but truth be told, I’m one of a very small handful of bloggers devoting attention to this story.
And now, back to our regular programming.
- For you, hospitality may mean having another couple over for dinner. For the people in these stores, it was a much greater commitment.
- Finding God’s grace in the middle of a challenging adoption of a 7-year old.
- While Saeed Abedini’s story is unique because of his American citizenship, he is but one of many, many Christians jailed in Iran.
- Essay of the Week: Two days before the nation was going to be celebrating, one writer, with great honesty, could only see reasons to weep.
- Back in America, we’re not physically suffering for our beliefs, but we are experiencing increased verbal persecution.
- Forward this link to your pastor(s), church staff, board members, elders, deacons, etc.: A thorough look at protecting your church from same-sex-marriage lawsuits.
- The Emergent Church: Gone, and somewhat forgotten.
- Even if you only read the twelve-point outline, it’s surprising to see things that Augustine believed that isn’t shared by the people who revere him.
- From a journalism perspective, use of the term fundamentalist is complicated by whether the newspaper/website/magazine is using it themselves, or if their source used it about another group or individual.
- A two-for-one link to archive articles from author David Murrow: Why Gay is Suddenly OK, and Why Extra-Marital Sex is Suddenly OK. Quoted in the 2nd one, “Our world has never had more sex and less love.”
- And then there’s the one about the guy suing two giant Bible publishers because he’s gay and finds the verses on homosexuality are causing him emotional distress.
- Best. Church. Welcome. Ever.
- Whether you’re a pastor or not, men, how would you like to hear this? “Honey, I wish everyone who hears you speak could know how well you live what you teach. You’re the real deal.” Sandra Stanley on why she’s not trying to keep Andy humble.
- The Family Christian Stores bankruptcy thing drags on… and on…
- In Mars Hill’s hometown, reports that Pastor Mark Driscoll is back on the preaching circuit.
- Here’s a way to thank your church parking team for hot summer Sunday service.
- LifeWay extends its tentacles into the Billy Graham Evangelism program at Wheaton College. Sigh!
- Classic Michael Spencer on the Genesis 1 debate: “What view of inspiration is it that puts the Bible on trial before the current scientific and historical models? Has anyone noticed what this obsession with literalty does to the Bible itself?”
- Your kids loved the What’s In The Bible DVD series. Now Buck Denver is heading into space to fulfill the Great Commission. (“…and if there’s life on other planets, I’m sure that He must know…”)
- Short take: Two things not to say at a funeral.
- Not surprisingly, the religious beliefs you have influence the religious beliefs of a U.S. President you’d be okay with.
- Undoubtedly the most significant religious news story of the week: The voice of Oral Roberts University graduate Ned Flanders will return to The Simpsons.
In all the excitement over Pope Francis visiting South America, you might have missed the related video game:
An online game in which Pope Francis careers through the streets of Asuncion in his “popemobile” dodging potholes is delighting Paraguayans fed up with the capital city’s dilapidated streets.
In “Papa Road,” which is popular locally, players navigate the Argentine-born pontiff through the city center against a backdrop of the national Congress and cathedrals. Hit three craters and it is game over, with the pope holding his head in his hands.
From the Church Curmudgeon Twitter feed:
Worship Leader: There will be a potluck at 5 pm
Congregation. The announcements endure forever
Worship Leader: Deacons meeting on Wednesday
Congregation: The announcements endure forever…
Not sure how long this week’s link list will be right now because the wind is really whipping out there and there’s a possibility of power outa/]