We kick off with another insight from InterVarsity’s TwentyOneHundred Productions Facebook page. Click the image to see more.
And now on to this week’s features. Remember, if it’s not on the link list, it didn’t happen!
- Revelation of the Week: When disaster strikes well-meaning Americans donate things which are absolutely useless. “People have donated prom gowns and wigs and tiger costumes and pumpkins, and frostbite cream to Rwanda, and used teabags…And then there were warm-hearted American women who wanted to send their breast milk to nursing mothers in Haiti…” With one such load, “local officials poured gasoline on it and set it on fire.”
- Analysis: Hillsong, “secular liturgies” and “the arena culture that has taken over the church.”
- Jordan’s King Abdullah II has made a second donation to preserve an historical site of interest to Christians. This time the Muslim king is paying for the restoration Jesus’ Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
- In case you missed it, while none of the kids in your youth group have sensed a calling to third world mission service, Barbie is now serving in Africa. (HT: Relevant Magazine, check out a few of the captions.) …
- …But on a more serious note, Barna Research asked pastors what they felt were the highest priority activities for youth groups. (Hint: Barbie had the right idea.)
- Testimony of the Week: “This past Sunday, my gorgeous wife – a white evangelical, like me — gave birth to our beautiful African-American triplet daughters whom we adopted as embryos.” Read the full story in The Washington Post.
- God won’t give you more than you can handle? Actually, he’ll just about kill you.
- The church had more than a thousand members, so how many do you think showed up for the weekly prayer meeting?
- Sundays would never be the same after they lost their three-year old son on a quiet afternoon.
- New Podcast Department: Brandon Smith and Trevin Wax have launched Word Matters devoted to difficult and challenging Bible passages.
- Apologetics Alley: Can you explain the gospel in under two minutes?
- Not sure what’s more surprising in this survey: That only a third of pastors agree with Left Behind theology, or that LifeWay and Charisma House teamed up to make it happen. (Research makes strange bedfellows?)
- Leadership Lessons: Thoughts on how very little pastors know about what’s going on in the lives of church members.
- Canada Corner: Brian Stiller shares his views on terrorism with Global News.
- When you think about it, a national ban on Bibles is always rather futile.
- “I love you pastor, but…” and 9 other phrases that make pastors cringe.
- So…does Wycliffe Bible Translators also translate the instructions on pill bottles? Workers in medical missions who issue meds have to worry about patient safety.
- The Payday Loan industry often does more harm than help. Springcreek Church, in the northeast suburbs of Dallas, drove the lenders out of Garland, TX.
- This week a reader took me back to one of the strangest topics covered on this blog, Christian Domestic Discipline; only to find out a recent article on the subject was noted in the Twitterverse. “When my husband whips me, I feel his love, his strength and his caring.” Note: This article is not safe for — maybe it’s just not safe.
- While the cultural context of the Sarcastic Lutheran’s sermon was foreign to many of us, this message on when Saul/Paul’s conversion actually happened is filled with insights.
- Oprah has an interesting relationship with all things religious. On her own network (pun noted) she plays a club owner in Greenleaf a series centered on a black megachurch.
- When the people you’re serving are giving back in unseen ways.
- Icon Review: The meaning behind seven Christian symbols; but the article’s headline implies they are common symbols. Does your church have a pelican?
- Two Christian publishing veterans have announced the formation of Gilead Publishing, with the 5-year goal of producing 100 fiction titles annually.
- Tye Tribbett will host Joyful Noise, a Sunday morning inspirational program on BET.
- This is what it sounds like, when artists die: Say what you will about the downside of it, social media works well for collective grief.
- No, the Noah’s Ark theme park under construction was not washed away in a flood, though the publicity probably didn’t hurt.
- Babylon Bee of the Week: Some realistic, honest Dove Awards categories. Or was it this new adult coloring book?
- The new open-air urinal in a San Francisco park is facing legal opposition from the San Francisco Chinese Christian Union and others.
- Finally, here are seven reasons why men should not be pastors.
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