Once again this week we tried to balance the weird and wacky links with those having redeeming ministry and leadership value. Your clicks will tell us if we succeeded.
- Provocative Headline of the Week: Was Nebuchadnezzar a Werewolf? (Everything you wanted to know about “British Protestantism under threat from Catholics and Indians alike.”)
- When it’s Okay to Lie: The Jehovah’s Witness practice of spreading misinformation is branded as part of the doctrine of “theocratic warfare.”
- Essay of the Week (1): More on ageism in the church; this time in terms of church leadership. “The rather youthful, small (and homogeneous) Elder Board of the church I visited that weekend wasn’t a bad group of guys. It was simply a very narrow expression of its people…”
- Essay of the Week (2): Pastors claim to be “preaching the word,” but often 38 out of 40 minutes are the preacher’s own words.
- Bad Family Models of the Bible: An interview with David Lamb dealing with the sometimes bizarre marriage standards we encounter in the Old Testament. (Here’s the link for the infographic.)
- Sermon Crafting: The case for preachers learning how to write fiction.
- Why do pastor’s wives climb mountains? Willow Creek’s Lynne Hybels explains the why behind her group’s climb of Kilimanjaro.
- Yankee, Go Home: Rev David Robertson, Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland said Creflo Dollar’s work was blasphemous and embarrassing, and told him he wasn’t welcome there. (Which leaves me wondering what happens if your private jet is airborne and no country will let you land?)
- Each year the American Library Association receives challenges to certain books being included in public libraries. In 2015, the Bible made the top ten list.
- Tweeting for the Gospel: You can follow the remaining hours of the annual Calvinist confab at hashtag #t4g2016.
- Civil Disobedience: Great topic and discussion this week on the Phil Vischer Podcast with CT Managing Editor Katelyn Beaty.
- We don’t normally link to publisher announcements, but I’ll make an exception when it’s an influential publisher like InterVarsity Press. “Jeff Crosby, the current associate publisher and director of sales and marketing for InterVarsity Press, will succeed Bob Fryling as publisher for IVP.”
- Church Tech (1): Some important considerations about streaming your services live, including the caveat that to secure enough bandwidth, your church might have to lock out all other activities on the building’s wifi network. (So much for fact-checking the sermon in real time!)
- Church Tech (2): Is audio mixing possibly more art than science? “Although both mindsets can independently exist, I’d challenge to you consider fostering the two side by side.”
- Screwed-up syllogism:
(a) Everybody hated Jesus,
(b) Jesus said his followers would be hated too,
(c) If everybody hates me I’m doing something right.
What’s wrong with this logic?
- A board member with the National Association of Evangelicals is organizing “Together 2016” an event he hopes will rival the 1997 Promise Keepers rally on the National Mall…
- …The July 16th event in Washington DC has posted a confirmed list of speakers and musicians.
- Architecture Alley: The remains of a 1,500-year-old church have been excavated in the Gaza Strip. [Deletes two “Gaza Strip” jokes he was going to insert.]
- The Ultimate Link List Item: The Hypertext Bible, where every single word is linked to all other occurrences of the same word.
- Analogy of the Week: Is your church like this gas station?
- Student Ministry: Does kissing lead to sex? In many places within youth culture, the two are actually done in the opposite order.
- Birthday of the Week: Jürgen Moltmann turns 90; his theology in videos.
- A photographer crashes a religious goods trade fair held every two years in Italy, and publishes a book of what he found at The World Fair for Church Supplies, Liturgical and Ecclesiastical Art.
- It’s not unusual that someone like Michael Hyatt would do another book on leadership; it was the bonus adult coloring book that surprised me!
- Canada Corner (1) Winnipeg’s Booth College and Toronto’s Tyndale Seminary have joined forces to offer the world’s only graduate theological program specializing in Salvation Army studies. (Band lessons optional.)
- Canada Corner (2): Missed this one in February, when a national TV network broadcast a story of abuse at an Anglican-affiliated residential school.
- Canada Corner (3): Concern continues for a Toronto-area pastor jailed in North Korea.
- Turning the Tables: Betty & James Robison, normally the television interviewers, become the interviewees as they celebrate their 53rd year of marriage talking to Sheila Walsh…
- …Which brings us to Marriage Matters: 4 pieces of good advice. Sample #1 – Try to be the biggest servant in your house.
- Facebook Tempest of the Week: The one about the abortion doctor strangling the fetus (in 1977). “This baby just won’t quit breathing.”
- Fred Clark is looking for help updating his list of Christian LGBT bloggers.
- Warning: Religion News Service has been infected by The Babylon Bee…
- …which prompted this from Get Religion.
- Finally: He was lifted to heaven by a beam of light and met the wife of Jesus, “a member of the African Xhosa people;” and even took a selfie while he was there. But now, the South African pastor’s mobile phone is missing. “One of his bodyguards claimed that it was stolen at a car wash.”