Apparently Curious George is an equal opportunity monkey, having previously covered Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Hanukah, unlike those Berenstain Bears who I think are Baptist. More about the Ramadan book at this link.
The Wednesday List Lynx has some company this week. [Photo: National Geographic]
Welcome to Link List #311.
Mission Trip Etiquette: Those selfies and other pics you take on mission trips “might look awesome on Facebook, but in reality are dis-empowering, dignity-stripping or dangerous for local people.” Three reasons to think before you photograph.
The Gospel Coalition (TGC) is notorious for blocking people who disagree with its Calvinist stand. Religion News Service correctly observes, “A ministry that blocks dissenters and ignores journalists who might ask difficult questions is not engaging culture; they are evading culture. Christian isolation will not lead to cultural transformation.”
The pastoral dilemma: “The road to spiritual healing and wholeness runs through confession. James 5:16 tells us to confess our sins to one another and pray for one another, that we may be healed. Pastors can’t do this. When a pastor confesses weakness to another person, he hands that person a weapon. That weapon can later be used to destroy his ministry and family.”
Christian Culture: “I frequently meet people who, once upon a time, were once progressive in their faith within a particular time and place within Christian history, but as Christian understanding, practices, and beliefs continued to progress—they never did.” A progressive writer looks at today’s fundamentalists.
Quotation of the Week: “While it may be true that the Bubble Bunnies are meeting in the Cat House and that Caleo has their Krave meeting tonight, as a new person I don’t know what you just said. Make sure you bulletin and announcements can be understood by someone who is new.” And eight other visitor-sensitive observations.
Runner Up: “Apparently half of the top 10 best-selling evangelical books are now adult colouring books. If blogging is to remain a relevant medium in this bizarre age, it must follow suit. So henceforth I shall only blog in interactive hand-drawn pictures, which can be printed out and colored to your heart’s content.”
Question of the Week: “What’s wrong with a youth pastor standing onstage in his underwear during a women’s conference?” Well it turns out the Hillsong pastor may have violated Naked Cowboy® registered trademarks. And then… it turns out the guy in downtown NYC we know as the cowboy is “a deeply committed Christian minister who would never show up in church in his trademark underwear outfit.”