While the NIV dominates some demographic sectors, the God’s Word translation is clearly tops among middle-aged male felines*…
→→ Before we begin the links today, I need to share something with regular readers. In the not-too-distant past, for a period of 22 months, this weekly link list appeared at PARSE, the blog of Leadership Journal, a division of Christianity Today. For a brief period of time, the people at CT were family, and there are several with whom I still keep in touch.
Yesterday, we were somewhat shocked to learn of the closing of Leadership Journal, which has served the North American church since 1980. You can learn more about the closure at this announcement. Some of the issues and analysis previously raised at Leadership Journal will be incorporated in a new section of CT called The Local Church. You can learn more about that at this link.
Now we return you back to our regular programming…
- Another week, another wedding-related provider facing a lawsuit. But this time the banquet hall was owned by a Jewish owner who didn’t realize the couple were Messianic Christians. The newlyweds are suing for the equivalent of $25,000 US.
- In the UK, there is only one religious news story; the pending breakup of the Church of England. As you might expect, the main issue is homosexuality.
- Lysa Terkeurst’s different type of New Year’s resolution: “I’m breaking up with my quiet time.”
- Size Matters: While I gave up reading the blog Pyromaniacs a long, long time ago, I returned yesterday to find a landmark article, posted on the first the year, on the issue of ideal church size. It’s a very concise look from all sides — big and small — at a very important subject in the American church with questions everyone needs to consider.
- In many places it is customary to end the Pledge of Allegiance by saying, “God Bless America.” Now, the ACLU has challenged a NJ school board, and won by default since the school cannot afford incurring the legal costs needed to challenge them.
- A large number of Evangelical leaders have signed on to a statement thanking InterVarsity for its endorsement of Black Lives Matter at the recent Urbana 2015 conference.
- Guilty! It’s true, when we practice hospitality, it’s often people from our church circle, and even then, it’s people with whom we already share so many interests. What if we did our inviting outside the box?
- This time, it’s Young Life that got caught in the fallout from the Ed Cash connection to The Gathering.
- Movie Making: Six more religious books are being readied for the big screen.
- Quotation of the Week: “Before social media, the Internet, the ‘seeker sensitive’ movement, Christian rock bands, projection screens and Starbucks in the lobby, Tozer saw where the church was headed.” For this writer, the point is that Tozer recognized the need to fish with nets, not bait.
- Essay of the Week: An apologetic for apologetics…
- …Which brings us to this article: The church has been in the entertainment business for 1,700 years.
- Revelation of the Week: “Nearly half of the background checks requested by churches through LifeWay’s program with backgroundchecks.com reveal some type of criminal offense. Most of those are minor incidents such as speeding tickets, but 21 percent of inquiries discovered misdemeanors or more serious crimes…” More at Baptist Press.
- Headline of the Week: I’m not sure if it was just a slow news day, or if David Bowie’s influence was simply much wider than I imagined, but while entertainment obituaries usually are at the end of the newscast, this one topped the network broadcasts. Now, we learn of a spiritual element in the story.
- Podcast of the Week: Promise Keepers Canada looks at mental health issues facing men including depression and anxiety.
- Infographic of the Week: (Well, it’s actually a rather basic black and white chart…) How the apostles died and where they are buried.
- Definitions: You’ve given four statements, and you have to sign on to all of them to be considered an Evangelical.
- Provocative: “I think that one of the things that bothers me the most about so much of contemporary Christian worship is it’s ugly. It’s just ugly. I don’t get why it attracts people.”
- Pastor Place: Answering the question, “Why did you leave the ministry?”
- Too late for this year, but here’s a New Year’s Eve ritual that couples and families can consider: A Thank List and a Hope List.
- After a longer than usual break, the Phil Vischer Podcast returns (via audio anyway) with some good mid-show analysis of the Wheaton/Doctor Hawkins situation by Skye Jethani.
- Sovereign Grace Music expands its relationship with Integrity Music.
- A giant octopus made out of snow is providing clean drinking water for kids in Haiti.
- The continuing GFA debacle impacts Gospel for Asia Canada.
- The Link List links to Cosmopolitan magazine: How the writer escaped from a polygamous cult…
- …And you won’t find this on other blogs: A report from the recent Gay Christian Network conference.
- Dumbest news story this year: “Laura Reid was arrested on Jan. 5 at the Hall of Justice in Louisville, Kentucky, for allegedly beating a disabled man on Oct. 20, 2015, for not believing in God.”
- Finally: The Vatican reviews Star Wars. Stephen Colbert reviews The Vatican.
*Simply doing what the internet does best: posting pictures of cats.