Thinking Out Loud

February 18, 2018


This post contains ten images. If you’re reading on your phone and your data plan supports it, click “enable images” or “show images.”

Haven’t done this in awhile… The first one was a screen-grab from a music video. If you were in Southern California looking for Rainbow Church in 1967 — a name that might or might not be avoided today depending on your perspective — it might be hard to find amid the clutter.

Then there’s this one. These superimposed captions are called chyrons and you’ve got to wonder if the person who did this knew exactly what they were doing.

It turns out Olympic figure skaters have a lot in common with the way people express themselves in modern worship. This was sourced at InterVarsity’s TwentyOneHundred Productions‘ Facebook page, which is often a treasure trove of creativity.

I posted this one on Twitter earlier in the week (and it has appeared here once before) without mentioning that it was Taco Bell, though I think that’s clear. It’s for real from Lent, 2009.

Not sure what I had planned for this one. In my house it’s the opposite. Mrs. W. scans everything I show her so swiftly, I don’t know how she absorbs any of it.

This next one isn’t meant to be amusing, but I had already created the graphic for one of my other blogs. This is what Christian radio is playing this month. The chart ranks airplay, not sales and the titles are the names of songs not albums. The data is collected by MediaBase for USAToday where it appears frequently in the print edition…

…Which puts it into the same category as this one, also work-related. Based on sales data from NPD Bookscan (formerly Nielsen Bookscan) the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association recently posted the Top 25 Bible Sales chart for 2017. NLT had four spots in the top ten, NIV had three, and NKJV, Amplified and KJV had one each. When the entire Top 25 is considered, the situation with NIV and NLT reverses: “There were a total of seven NIV editions in the Top 25 Bibles Bestsellers, followed by six editions of the NLT (Tyndale).” Click this link to see all 25.

Speaking of Bibles, this — The Babylon Bee Study Bible — left us confused. We’re not sure if Scot McKnight wrote this for The Babylon Bee, stole it from the Babylon Bee, or is planning to submit it to The Babylon Bee for consideration. Read all 66 entries at this link.

On the more serious front, this was on a friend’s Facebook page, and I didn’t note the source, but I wanted to save this picture, and the title I gave it was Worship Moment because that’s how I reacted to it. God makes stuff like this.

Finally, two Academic publishers (University of Tennessee and Duke University) have released titles about snake-handling churches. U. of Tenn released In the House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media by Julia Duin. Given its location in The American South, it shouldn’t surprise us that it’s the 4th such title for that press. (Sidebar: Julia is a religion writer for The Washington Post but that didn’t stop them from calling her up to report on the Amazon Go! store which opened in her hometown. I guess one needs to be flexible!) Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation by Lauren Pond released through Duke University is a photographic collection, and was a subject less typical for them. It came about as part of prize Pond won in 2016. Both books apparently offer “an insider’s perspective.”

More of this sort of thing — and much more — appears regularly on my Twitter page.

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