As most readers here know, it’s been a tough week for us. So forgive me for a shorter list today. Also many U.S. sites and writers are completely sidetracked by the election, which means many other subjects just aren’t getting covered.
This picture desperately needs a caption:
- Expanded Coverage: The Larycia Hawkins case made The New York Times.
- You’re happy to see a new family at church, but then you learn they simply left another congregation to join yours. It’s called transfer growth and there are ten reasons why it’s problematic.
- A staff situation at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is not impacting authors at InterVarsity Press (IVP).
- At GetReligion.org, the issue is the softer language used in media stories about “inappropriate relationships” when it involves youth pastors and teens. They would prefer to call it rape.
- The ethnic church keeps growing even as white/Anglo Mainline Protestant churches experience decline. Now, D. J. Chuang has written a book for Asian churches and pastors. (Note to D. J.: The Asian church in Canada is huge especially in Toronto and Vancouver. Maybe you should rethink the American subtitle.)
- Keeping the Kids: With young people leaving the church, The Phil Vischer Podcast talks to Kara Powell about a new Fuller study. (Fast forward to around 15:40.)
- New graphic-novel Bible: “Evangelical writers paired with former Marvel and DC artists is a match made in heaven.” Read about the newly-released Kingstone Bible.
- Holy Hardware: A look at the Orthodox Prayer Rope by the author of an article on Anglican Prayer Beads.
- Rethinking Eric Metaxas’ version of Deitrich Bonhoeffer. “In the end, Metaxas’s Bonhoeffer resembles no one so much as Metaxas.”
- With him now the recipient of a Nobel prize, a look at the Christian phase of Bob Dylan’s music.
- Christians and humor: “Satire is a powerful, effective, and biblical tool for conveying ideas—and one that, much like webcomics, belongs almost exclusively to the anti-religious worldview.” World Magazine looks at The Babylon Bee.
- A serious indictment against the people who run the CCM machine: “The Christian music industry does not know how to take care of their artists in the latter half of their careers, nor do they have a system in place to ensure their music lives on into future generations.”
- Two from this week’s Saturday Links at DashHouse.com:
- Provocative Title of the Week: When Ministry is Held Together with Scotch Tape and Popsicle Sticks. (From the week before at DashHouse.)
- Worship Words: They lead us in public worship each weekend, but the worship leader needs to have an inner life of private worship.
- Willow Creek is trying something positive in Chicago to counteract the negativity of the 2016 Election.
- Writing at The Week, Jonathan Merritt minces no words in telling Pat Robertson it’s time to retire.
- Video of the Week: Never Been a Moment by Micah Tyler…
- …Speaking of which, here’s the complete list of this year’s Dove Awards winners. (Select to display more than 10 results default; or read this highlights report.)
- A pastor asks on Facebook, “How has the church helped you?” Here’s a few of the answers.
- From a watchdog blog, What makes a false religion false.
- Community Relations Department: If you don’t want the kids riding their bikes on church property, you can always threaten to shoot them.
- Finally, Mark Gungor says if you have a choice of voting for a pig or a criminal you should vote for the pig.