You could call this a Virgin birth…
…The picture was taken by author Michael Frost at the Sydney Airport.
Perhaps not all animals boarded Noah’s Ark:
Now, on to this week’s link. See my Twitter for last week’s top five clicks.
- Where did Christmas go? “Christmas didn’t go anywhere. It has become what “we” wanted it to become as materialism has waxed and faith has waned.”
- After the gang on Seinfeld go to visit a new baby, there’s the question of what exactly do you say? They settle on something like, “It’s a baby!” So then, what might the shepherds have said to Mary? Maybe something like WRLYB.
- “Most ‘secular’ eschatologies are pessimistic in their outlook.” Advent stands in contrast to narratives heading toward catastrophe.
- Essay of the Week: The refugee situation has divided us into the red team and the green team…
- …or what this much longer essay would call the cosmopolitans and the communitarians.
- Zondervan author Nabeel Qureshi responds to the Paris attacks. (3 minute video.)
- Question of the Week: Is it a sin to criticize the pastor? One hates to disagree with Billy Graham, but…
- The Walking Wounded: What happens when wounded leaders still have a platform, still have people to whom they are communicating.
- After reading, “‘God, we forgive him. We can’t not,’ [Hope Chapel co-pastor Scott] Dontanville prayed... ‘You’ve forgiven him…'” in this CT article, I started to delve into the topic deeper, and found this 2014 post by David Murray on forgiving those who haven’t asked for forgiveness.
- Everybody loves Jesus, right? Except for the fact he was judgmental, uncompromising, chauvinistic, racist, anti-environmental, and angry. Check out the new book Jesus Behaving Badly by Mark Strauss.
- Teen Mania, the organization founded by Ron Luce is slowly fading from view after months of financial crises. A charity watchdog ranks them as “the fifth most insolvent charity in the country with a negative net worth of $5.2M.”
- This is our week for 5-letter acronyms: WWUUT is another one and also a dot-com web address for When We Understand the Text. Check out one of their videos…
- …They also produced one on how to leave a church, which I personally found timely.
- Was Paul the Apostle married? People need to know. There’s evidence both for and against.
- Another monthly Young Influencers List from a revamped website for Brad Lomenick.
- They love each other. They’re in a committed relationship. So under those circumstances, what type of guy would turn down having sex with a supermodel?
- Baptist News: “LifeWay Christian Resources has sold its headquarters in downtown Nashville, Tenn., for a reported $125 million cash, the second largest amount of money ever spent in the city for a building or property.” (Does this mean a few more SBC missionaries don’t have to come home?)
- After complaints, YouTube suspended, but then later reinstated the account of a Christian ministry organization.
- Investigators are treating it as ‘suspicious’ after fire destroys the “Smallest Church in America.”
- A new Bible: Wycliffe Associates is developing a new open-source translation. Actually, it’s two translations, one formal correspondence and the other dynamic equivalence. You can learn more and view a preview by navigating from this Unlocked Bible page.
- A local church congregational favorite, “Death Was Arrested” has become a favorite at North Point Community in Atlanta. Friday December 4th, the song releases as a single on iTunes for $1.29; watch for a link at Go Connections.
- First, her mom wrote this blog post about her daughter for a national Christian magazine…
- …25 Days later, her 17-year old daughter wrote this blog post about her church.
- This isn’t new, but this week I discovered this colorful harmony of the synoptic gospels.
- More coverage of Kent Dobson’s decision to step down as pastor of the church Rob Bell founded.
- In Utah, a “bleeding host” (a communion wafer that turns red) is considered miraculous.
- Video of the Week: Andrew Peterson – Be Kind to Yourself.
- Breaking news: David did not kill Goliath. (No it’s not a Malcolm Gladwell link.)
- Finally, there’s this pastor: “I don’t preach about polygamy but I feel it is a very Christian lifestyle. I have no problem with homosexuals but I think it’s wrong that their marriage is now recognised by the state but my second marriage is not.” He’s 60, first wife is 44 (they’re still married) second wife is 19 and pregnant.
We’ll have to leave with that one, because according to the message below, my computer needs some attention.