Well, today’s magic word is “crop” which means what should have happened to this photo before it got circulated. But no, Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell, Jr. went ahead carelessly with this photo of himself next to Donald Trump who is standing nearby a Playboy magazine cover. (I’ve highlighted it in case you miss it.) Warren Throckmorton said, “One might think this was an Onion story…” No, sadly it was true. Skye Jethani noted, “Republicans and evangelical leaders don’t realize they’re losing an entire generation permanently by backing Trump;” adding, “We’re watching the realignment of political loyalties before our eyes. It’s an opportunity for Christians to rethink faith/politics.”
How about we clear our heads with some youth ministry nostalgia:
Apparently the organ music has a shrinking effect on the teens, not unlike Raquel Welch et al in the 1966 movie The Fantastic Voyage. Yes, this album is on the Word label, the same people who now bring you For King & Country, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Point of Grace and Natalie Grant.
Welcome to Wednesday Link List #313. Fasten your seat belts.
- You won’t believe why anti-virus software flagged a religious website as dangerous.
- Some people involved in doing real (not imaginary) missions work look at the Savior Barbie phenomenon…while someone else proposes a blog to debate the real issues raised. (Well, one post so far.)
- One Bible verse in Ephesians. Two very different messages. A detailed comparison between the teaching of Beth Moore and the teaching of Martin Lloyd-Jones.
- A few weeks ago you saw him discussing Psalms with Eugene Peterson. Now, hear more about Bono’s testimony, his family life and the early days of his band.
- Essay of the Week: With his denominational license expired and two weddings on the horizon, the $47 internet ordination certificate seemed like a good idea, but it doesn’t emanate from a spiritual community. (Check out the comments on this one, also.)
- Best apologetic for refugee sponsorship ever: Matt Soerens of World Relief joins Phil, Skye and Christian on Phil Vischer Podcast #206.
- The dilemma: “In a statement, Southwest Church simultaneously condemned same-sex relationships and welcomed members of the LGBT community to their church.” It’s like walking a tightrope isn’t it? In this case the lead pastor was forced to resign…
- …Elsewhere, a church kicked in $200 to help a gay bar repair a broken window…
- …And Kim Davis has asked for the case against her to be dismissed, arguing that a new state law provides “the very religious accommodation Davis sought from the beginning of this litigation…”
- …And while we’re on this topic, let’s not forget that verse in Romans where the Apostle Paul calls for gays to be executed. (You remember that verse, don’t you?)
- A lesson from Abraham: Why it’s important to those in our day who bear the message of Christ to see that Abraham isn’t saved until Genesis 15.
- History Lesson: His classic books on prayer dominate that section in the bookstores, but who was E. M. Bounds? (Part of a series of who was/is articles.)
- A different type of book list: Rachel Held Evans offers some detailed descriptions and unique suggestions for your summer reading.
- According to a Cypriot wedding custom, the best man slaps the back of the groom; but when the Orthodox priest thought it was getting out of hand, he punched the best man who had to be taken to hospital. (Things can really out of hand during the Dance of Isaiah.)
- Benjamin L. Corey redefines clickbait with I Think I’m Becoming a Calvinist.
- Raw Video Footage of the Week: Noah’s Ark smashes into a Norwegian Coast Guard ship and sustains major damage…
- …Okay; here’s the actual news story with HD pics of the ship after the collision. (Not sure what this means for a proposed trans-Atlantic voyage later this year.)
- Leadership Lessons: 8 Signs you are a “discipleship bully.” Sample: “#5 – You become personally offended when a disciple does not follow your counsel.”
- Archeology Avenue: Satellites are able to aid discovery of ancient structures.
- A story you’ll be hearing more on in the future: “Biola University, located in Southern California and one of the country’s most well-known and prestigious evangelical colleges, now finds itself arguing for its right to be evangelical… Why do seminaries and other institutions that train students for ministry deserve legal protection if cross-disciplinary schools like Biola do not?”
- This classically-flavored musical rendering of Psalm 5 is part of a project called The Anthem Bible, which is part of a project called The Overview Bible. (At least, I hope I got that right!)
- What the gorilla, the alligator and two little boys are telling us about ourselves.
- Modern worship is taking a lot of hits these days. Like this one on how to write a hit worship song.
- I need a woman. More specifically, I’m looking for a female guest writer to do a review in early July of A Woman’s Place by Christianity Today’s Katelyn Beatty. Some won’t like the book’s premise.
- You’ve read the Beatitudes, now read the unBeatitudes. (Reminds me of Philip Yancey’s observation that the world operates on the Principle of unGrace.)
- Well…he refused our request for an interview — I still have the questions I submitted to the publicist — but at least somebody got to do a Q&A with Phil Vischer.
- Finally, in my home and native province, a fight breaks out over whether the earth is flat or round. (It’s too bad there’s no way of knowing these things.)
Elaine Moore’s book covers look rather dated don’t you think? Do a Google search and you’ll also find other gems by her published by Troll such as, Beware The Haunted Toilet, Substitute Teacher from Mars, and There’s a Mastodon in My Living Room. But there’s something eerily prophetic about the two we’ve chosen to show here, right? Maybe not. Maybe this equally dates the books. Increasingly, in light of today’s gender issues and bathroom wars, what’s pictured is probably becoming routine.