Welcome to WLL#325. If you love theater and love God, have we got a devotional book for you; pictured at right, published by Worthy Inspired.
I hope you find something of interest in this week’s list…it was lots of fun putting it together for you.
- Bobby Schuller, pastor of Shepherd’s Grove in Garden Grove/Orange, California is the latest to jump on the podcast bandwagon and this one has both substance and quality recording. He’s joined for a discussion about everything from worship to speaking in tongues by Tully Wilkinson (who is no relation.) 36 great minutes, plus you learn a new word, Bidolatry. Are you a bidolator? However, your mileage may vary on a few of the theological perspectives…
- …Which brings us to another “B-word.” Is it time to take the word Baptist off the church sign?
- Pete Wilson is resigning from Cross Point, the megachurch he founded in 2003. (See also yesterday’s post here.)
- Provocative Title of the Week: Why Arminianism Won’t Preach and Calvinism Won’t Sell.
- If you live in a college or university town, your local churches should organize a
pubchurch crawl like this one.
- Why you’ll never see the words “Revised Edition” on a copy of the now-set-in-stone English Standard Version…
- …and why they’re making some big mistakes…
- …An OT Prof. says “Honestly, I cannot recommend the ESV to my students. These and many other texts are problematic and reveal an ideology that dictates how the text must be translated.”
- ICYMI-1: The Pew Research survey on choosing a church. Sermon quality is a factor 83% of the time…
- …Meanwhile an informal CT survey asks Pastors if they would choose to attend their own churches. (No, it wasn’t an anonymous survey, either.)
- ICYMI-2: The attack on Andy Stanley’s latest sermon series…
- …And a short and simple defence of the same series.
- All is not well on the Wheaton College campus. “Wheaton College chapel is a performance of white, straight, male hegemony which perpetuates inequality through discourse.” Read this analysis of their chapel services (and be on the lookout for people throwing apples.)
- An interesting look into the lives of students and five reasons why they walk away.
- A poorly-written Chicago Tribune article infers that Lutherans are not Christians. (Until you take a closer look.)
- Carl Trueman is forced to take a different view of one state’s incest laws.
- In your church, is the greater weight of sung worship at the beginning or the end? I found this article interesting. “Any time we gather together to learn from God’s Word, we should be moved to respond.” How to end a church service.
- It seems like school just started for another year, but high school seniors need to finalize plans for the year to come. Another round of Christian University and College Fairs allows them to meet reps from all the schools in one place.
- Regretfully, my Tweet of the Week.
- An Alabama pastor (who is also a football game announcer) says that if people won’t stand for the national anthem, we should just — wait for it — shoot them (and then the crowd went crazy cheering.)…
- …Meanwhile an Acts 29 pastor has resigned after accusations of sexual assault.
- The Science on Seniors: Rethinking the nursing home.
- Is this conference for preachers’ kids (PKs) something that’s likely to spread beyond the African-American church?
- Catholic Corner: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is featured in a “book length interview” on his eight years at The Vatican.
- Religious Newswriters are hoping to get a preview of The Shack movie in a couple of weeks. For everyone else, there the IMDb page with a full cast list.
- Keeping sports in perspective.
- Currently Reading: Near Christianity: How Journeys along Jewish-Christian Borders Saved My Faith in God by Anthony LeDonne. He teaches at United Theological Seminary with interest in Jewish-Christian relations and historical Jesus research. Zondervan, paperback, $18.99 US.
- Non-Music Video of the Week: Skye Jethani talks about the human need to idolize celebrity pastors.
- Them: “Why is a nice girl like you not married?”
Her: “A very sad thing happened. My mother-in-law died before my husband was born.”
A look at the challenges for singles in the church.
- A Canadian pastor once said, “If you face a choice between coming on Sunday and going to your small group, go to your small group.” Here’s an article that says your small group is insufficient to do all that weekend worship does. See if the three arguments hold for you.
- Even the somewhat liberal United Church of Canada feels that atheist minister Rev. Gretta Vosper pushes the envelope too far. “She does not recognize the primacy of scripture, she will not conduct the sacraments, and she is no longer in essential agreement with the statement of doctrine of The United Church of Canada.” A Toronto church conference committee recommends termination…
- …But in this UK article, I discover the Toronto case is not yet over.
- Churches, pastors and Christians in general can be the target for four types of email scams.
- ♫ When our youngest moved out the weekend to begin life after university, I knew I had to send him this Matthew West song.
- A short-form article about the inefficiency of short-term missions. (This is part of a series which begins here and continues here and here.)
- Christian Publishers are big on promoting new titles to bloggers like me, but the retailers themselves — the ones who make the whole bookselling machinery happen — often don’t get the same access to forthcoming releases. That’s about to change, at least in the U.S.
- It’s an anniversary for Galcom, a similar ministry to Megavoice, placing solar powered radios and playback devices in the third world.
- The Bible, copyright issues, and the impact on foreign translations. (Note: CT article is pay-walled.)
- You’re not safe from psychotics or terrorists, and now, you can add pastors to list.
- You can rest your body, but it’s harder to find rest for your soul.
- Church History: “Prayer on the water posed numerous problems. Attendees were left seasick by the roiling Delaware, the pastor struggled to remain standing during services, and the church even sank one time.” Check out The Floating Church of the Redeemer.
- Looking for some graphics for Facebook? Here are ten cartoons based on the hymn Amazing Grace.
- Obscure Video of the Week: This cover of Neil Diamond’s “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” might wreck your speakers, but the images are a great pictorial collection of the tent revival movement. (Seriously, turn down your speakers.)
- Speaking of FB, check out Spiritual Milk.
- Finally, I didn’t know this: “Cats are divine creatures that will carry the 144,000 souls mentioned in the book of Revelation.” They set out to build an animal shelter and started a cult.