I didn’t get around to putting the top five clicks from last week on Twitter, so here they are: (1) 8 Reasons the Worship Industry is Killing Worship, (2) creative church error-404 pages, (3) Lynne Hybels; 40th Anniversary of Willow Creek, (5) John Hendrix church doodles; and (5) Larry Tomczak. (Let me know if you prefer them here, or on Twitter.) Now on to this week’s…
- Question of the Week: Are Female Bloggers Violating Scripture by Teaching Men? The author collected a wide variety of responses on this, but you don’t have to look too deeply see this wasn’t exactly a balanced sample of women bloggers.
- St. Louis, Missouri: Seven churches targeted within ten days.
- Essay of the Week: How the worship industry is killing worship.
- A brief overview of the term “belief” in light of the current Oprah TV series of the same name.
- Before their elimination last week, The Toronto Blue Jays were the latest target of Westboro Baptist’s picket parade, at least as they played in Kansas City, since the group is not allowed in Canada. Here’s a couple of Canadian stories along with my personal memo to Westboro that the team is part of the American League, most players are American and are paid in U.S. dollars.
- You can’t sing “Going to the Chapel and we’re gonna get married” and assume that’s how it works in 2015. “Since 2008, the New York City clerks office reports that they have seen a nearly fifty percent increase in the number of weddings held in the ever-romantic Manhattan marriage bureau office.” Increasingly weddings aren’t taking place in religious venues.
- Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt and others spent some time last week kicking around that sometimes oxymoron-sounding title, Progressive Evangelical.
- Ben Carson’s Presidential aspirations have put the focus on his SDA denomination (Seventh Day Adventist) though the group believes that Evangelicals are “future allies of Satan.”
- Devotional of the Week: If there was an Acts 19-style bonfire in the year 2015, what might you toss in? Dr. David Murray thinks it would not be Harry Potter books.
- A California pastor says that many churches are harmful environments for LGBT individuals, especially when they want to serve.
- Leadership Lessons: I loved this quotation, “We’re now addicted to meetings that insulate us from the work we ought to be doing.” From a recent 6-minute Unseminary podcast; meetings may be killing mission.
- Media from the other side: At the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a report that a copy of Salman’s “Head of Christ” picture has been removed from a Kansas Middle School; and a Washington High School is being urged to stop a football coach from praying.
- After a year in talks about a church merger, this is not the way the worship leader should be told he’s no longer needed.
- Coming in November: This book contains the never-before published message A. W. Tozer intended as the follow-up to The Knowledge of the Holy, titled Delighting in God.
- When it comes to salvation, he’s Reformed. When it comes to church he’s Anabaptist.
- Sobering thoughts: Miscarriage from the Dad’s perspective.
- Huffington Post profiles Roman Catholic writer Joan Chittister.
- KidMin: First there were talking vegetables, now we have allegory by owls. Watch the Owelgories trailer or read the story. This product is available at Christian bookstores.
- Alongside archeologists sifting through The Temple Mount, a 10-year old boy from Russia finds a 3,000 year old document seal, which dates to the time of King David.
- Calvinist Conundrum of the Week: Did Jesus have a gospel-centered ministry? Or to put the question differently, Did Jesus have a “gospel-centered”TM ministry?
- Pope Francis Item of the Week: Catholic youth are encouraged to read the Bible, their “most precious treasure.”
- In England, over half of all police time is dealing with alcohol-related crime.
- No doubt squeezed for space, newspapers cut religion coverage.
- Not new, but appropriate to this week is Bruxy Cavey’s article on putting Halloween in perspective.
- Article title that got us most curious: Did Yogi Berra Read the Bible? (Turns out to be a devotional for our Jewish friends.)
- In addition to the inclusiveness represented by LGBTQIP, you may also be “asexual, aromantic, graysexual, demisexual, demiromantic, lithromantic, pansexual, polysexual, skoliosexual, queerplatonic relationships, and zucchini.” But wait, there’s more.
- Video Oddity of the Week: A 9-minute performance piece based on a quotation from A. W. Tozer about Christian unity.
- Long-form Video: Got 40-50 minutes? Brian Houston from Hillsong was a recent Convocation guest at Liberty University, as was Jefferson Bethke and Louie Giglio.
Finally, it turns out while we weren’t paying attention last month, the comic strip Mutts by Patrick McDonnell ran a series of panels with quotes from Pope Francis. Here’s two of my favorites:
Back to the Winter: Don’t forget that here in North America, this is the weekend we all get to go back in time; from Daylight Saving to Nightdark Losing.
12 More Links! Tomorrow we feature a Thursday Link List for only the 8th time ever. Don’t miss it.