The cartoon below appears because of a recent behind the scenes report from Christianity Today that this particular image “happened to receive more than 100,000 likes and reached more than 20 million people—the most, by far, of any post CT has ever shared.”
If you only show up here on Wednesdays, I hope you’ll take a minute to check out an article I did last Friday on how out of all the new technology’s benefits, probably blogging had the biggest influence on church life. (Yes, really.)
You did this at your church for Easter, right?
Now on to the serious (!) stuff:
- After the martyrdom of four Bible translators, remaining staff of Wycliffe are determined to stay in the Middle East and continue with the project.
- 600,000 households in Chicago received an unsolicited copy of a Seventh Day Adventist 377-page book and the donors who footed the bill shelled out about the same number of dollars.
- A look at Religion in the UK: They’re leaving the church but they’re not leaving the faith.
- Lent 2016 took a terrible turn for this family. They’ve come through it, but now they need your help.
- Imagine being on the mission field and nearby is another missionary, but you can’t work together because of a Doctrine of Separation. “The belief that Christians cannot work together, worship together, or evangelize together to reach a common desired goal is crazy. There are areas that make Baptists (of which I am) different from other denominations, and rightfully so. These differences, however, are more often than not of little eternal significance.”
- It’s not that this Tennessee church plant got some press in the local newspaper on Easter Sunday. It’s that it more or less dominated the entire front page of The Tennessean…
- …and in the same newspaper: After 20 years with the band Jars of Clay, this guitarist is now doing haircuts in Nashville.
- Touching: A 6-year-old asks if his year-old sister will have Down’s Syndrome in heaven. The answer is ‘no,’ but so much more than just a simple ‘no.’
- Flashback: It was 40 years ago this month that Jesus ’76 Florida took place on property that is now part of Disney World…
- …Another one was weeks away from taking place in Mercer, PA.
- Video Curiosity of the Week: Broadcasting from their basement to the whole wide world, check out the 10-15 minute worship service videos for scattered people at Scattered and Small.
- Hey, Judas Isacriot wasn’t all bad, right? That’s the impression you get from a BBC-TV documentary, but two American pastors challenge its assumptions.
- Last week we brought you a link about the closing of a longstanding UK denomination. This week, the other side of the story, the growth of Pentecostalism in England.
- Violence in Christian fiction: Mike Nappa, Ted Dekker, Lynette Eason, and Vicki Crumpton in a 4-page interview on how far is too far. (Warning: May be too frightening for younger readers.) Dekker: “…To that end, my mission is simply to awaken to my own identity in the midst of the storms, and to help my readers awaken in the midst of the storm they face in this life.” (I was kidding about the warning.)
- Linking Outside the Box: The Jerusalem Post looks at similarities in the three denominations of Judaism. (Note: You might feel like you just walked into an alien conversation, but slow down; this is an interesting piece.)
- Warning of the Week: “Church leaders needs to recognize the huge responsibility they have to keep their kids safe and take the necessary steps to guard against child predators. We all think of church as a safe place, but the reality is abusers prey on the vulnerability of such environments.” 5 Ways to keep kids safe.
- Analogy of the Week: Growing cities and growing churches, aka “similarities between city revitalization and church revitalization.”
- Currently Reading: Evangelicals Around the World by Brian Stiller et al. 400 pages of stats, maps, graphs, photographs, quotes; and everything else you need to know about this sector of Protestant Christianity.
- Is your church on the spectrum? In this case, the spectrum runs from anti-attractional to attractional.
- A former prisoner in North Korea, and the subject of a May 2016 book releasing in the Christian market, Kenneth Bae responds to the recent 15-year hard labor sentence for an American college student.
- Alliteration is one way to stack a sermon sandwich. I don’t know what you call this homiletic form, but I enjoyed the sermon…
- …But I don’t know what to make of this message. At least it’s less than 2 minutes long. Check out the video.
- 80 % of Word Entertainment (the music label that’s home to King and Country and Francesca Battistelli) has been sold by Warner Music to Curb Records.
- GQ — your source for fashion and grooming trends — looks at TV networks trying to make the Bible cool.
- KidMin Korner: The last thing they want to do is listen to a speaker. So how do you speak to them?
- The only time I ever watched Mother Angelica was on hotel television, but she was a fixture on the Eternal Word Television Network. She passed away last week, but the broadcasts will keep airing.
- Things We Wish We Were Making Up Department: “A reproduction of the Temple of Baal is coming to New York’s Times Square next month as a tribute to the 2,000-year-old original structure that was destroyed by ISIS last year in Palmyra, Syria.”
- Not so sure about the website, but to this reader, the article speaks of the intricacies built into the natural world by an intelligent designer.
- Tweet of the Week: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his phone for his friends. ~ John 15:13
- Photo of the Week: A North Carolina policeman prays with his two young kids before each shift.
- Because He Lives: Bill Gaither turned 80 on Monday. (Yeah, I know, not what the song title means.)
- Weirdest Thing I Heard This Week: Louis Armstrong audio on YouTube of the song Cain and Abel.
- Finally, have you had The Babylon Bee experience yet? Here are some headlines to whet your appetite: