Thinking Out Loud

August 3, 2016

Wednesday Link List

Foxtrot Nov 11 2013 Predestination Free Will

This cartoon — which I discovered we’ve used before (in color) — highlights the need to be able to function on a number of levels. To some common folk, there are philosophical issues raised in the first panel which are possibly above their pay grade. But the highbrow intellectual or academic might totally miss the sports reference.

Thanks to those of you who send me link ideas. Keep ’em coming! 

Time Needed to Appreciate This Week’s List: 14.6 minutes

References to Chick Publications and/or The Gospel Coalition do not imply endorsement

  • Instagram of the Week: You won’t believe the realistic set they built for this interview Sheila Walsh did with David Jeremiah. Looks just like New York City, doesn’t it? There’s no limit to what can be done with a good art department and special effects, huh?

Sheila Walsh and David Jeremiah


  1. I read some of these linked pages and I feel that I must be related to the Church Curmudgeon. Some questions:
    1. The song “Changed” is a pleasant song but are the congregants supposed to sing along? I noticed the lyrics on screen but didn’t hear them sing.
    2. At the end if the song, “Changed”, the congregants applauded. Since it is a praise song, isn’t that God’s decision whether to clap or not?
    3. Regarding the “dry bones” article, isn’t it too easy to decide what is a dying church? Maybe the blame shouldn’t be placed on that particular church as opposed to the megachurch down the street drawing worshipers away (I know that’s not the only reason people leave a church). The young lady laid some blame on the music from the 70s. I’ve been singing hymns hundreds of years old and feel alive. If the pastor teaches the Gospel word, isn’t that enough? Any church can do things to improve attendance but not all churches focus on Jesus.

    Comment by The Purging Lutheran — August 3, 2016 @ 12:09 pm

    • 1. Sometimes churches will post the lyrics for people to follow, but there isn’t the expectation of singing along. On the other hand, if there isn’t a congregation microphone, you wouldn’t know if they’re singing or not. I tried to start something at one church where a white typeface meant singalong and a red typeface meant just listen.
      2. This applause thing has become pervasive in the American church. The song is over and there’s going to be a period of silence before the next song starts. Evangelicals can’t handle silence. So they clap their hands. It also supports the concept that people are seeing the worship time as a performance exercise.
      3. I chose that link simply to celebrate a church which turned the ship around. With megachurches, much of the growth is always transfer growth, but we often fail to consider the churches from which members have been siphoned.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — August 3, 2016 @ 10:22 pm

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