Thinking Out Loud

May 14, 2014

Wednesday Link List

not entirely dead to sin cartoon

from Church is Stranger Than Fiction by Mary Chambers an IVP book from 1990

If it’s Wednesday, it’s time for another list of things you may have missed from the Christian corner of the web.  Clicking anything below will take you to PARSE where the list officially resides. Then click the story you wish to read.

From CBD, for women who don’t have the joy of the Lord:

Joy of the Lord Lipstick


January 5, 2011

Wednesday Link List

Here’s a new list to kick off a new year…

  • While some “Christian” pastors — one anyway — want to burn the Qu’ran, Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tennessee has “a more welcoming approach.” ” Steve Stone and his congregants put out a sign welcoming incoming neighbors at the Memphis Islamic Center. The church then allowed these Muslim neighbors to use their sanctuary as a makeshift mosque throughout Ramadan while the Islamic Center was under construction.”  Read more at Christianity Today.
  • As strange as that story may be, it’s also the basis for a Canadian situation comedy now in its 5th season.  The new season of Little Mosque on the Prairie kicked off on Monday night with an episode that makes the Imam look a lot more appealing — i.e. “nicer” — than the Anglican minister who is renting the Islamic congregation its space.   Watch past episodes at CBC-TV.
  • The girl who recorded “Wait for Me” in 2000 is done waiting.  News yesterday that Christian singer Rebecca St. James is engaged to marry Jacob Fink who has a background in missions, television production and music. Proposal: Christmas Day. Wedding date: TBA.
  • The number of abusive priest lawsuits in a Milwaukee diocese has forced it to declare bankruptcy.  But a victims’ lawyer says it’s only being done to protect identities, and will merely delay the process.
  • This item was the runner up on Perry Noble’s top 2010 posts:  Ten Questions That Unchurched People Are Not Asking (Sample: #8 – “Does your pastor teach exegetically through the Scriptures?” Hey, it’s a dealbreaker, right?)
  • Tucked away in a little corner of James MacDonald’s (Walk in the Word) website is this tidbit of news:  “And this is amazing…We received a donation of a 20-million-dollar television production facility. The studio and the technology it provides will enable Walk in the Word to produce greater resources to reach more people.”  Not the first time something like this (i.e. Harvest Bible Chapel’s land in Elgin, Illinois) has dropped into their laps!
  • Does God withhold blessings from me because of my sins (even sins that have been forgiven)?  That’s the question Dana asked at Upwrite.  “…it is about the possibility of freedom from beating myself up over the things I might have missed out on because of my sins.”  Anyone care to leave her an answer?
  • And then, this testimony: “My backstory isn’t a pretty one. In fact, I didn’t even begin life as an sweet little planned bundle of joy. My mom was raped and I was the result. I was adopted by two wonderful parents who loved me and raised me as their own. But from the age of 3 until about the age of 12 my concept of love became skewed and shattered as I was repeatedly molested and raped by two different people in my family.I was pregnant at 17.”  That’s Stephanie Shott’s story.  Read the rest at her guest post at Jenni Catron’s blog.
  • This week I checked out the website affiliated with a book that released in November:  Besides The Bible – 100 Books that Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture.  The publisher blurb promises, “Covering a wide array of subjects and authors, from Christian bookstore best sellers to classics of Christian history and more, you’ll find yourself agreeing with some titles, shaking your head at others, and even shocked by a few.”  Here’s the WordPress blog for Besides the Bible.
  • 265 Journal pages containing 214 entries later,  John Piper is back from his leave of absence, and condenses his report in a much, much shorter summary at Desiring God.
  • Bored during church or that expensive ministry conference?  Jim Lehmer is back with an entirely updated version of Christian Buzzwords Bingo.   Each refresh of the page gets you a new bingo card!
  • Want to send a shout out to long-time friend Al Clarkson for keeping me posted on things I might have missed.   (Like this and the next two entries.)  Here’s Alpha Course founder Nicky Gumbel speaking at the Lausanne Conference.
  • Canada’s popular Christian musician, Steve Bell — who we linked to last week — scored some major press here this week in the prestigious business insert to a national newspaper.  You can catch both items at once at this bookstore industry blog.
  • And at the same blog, at age 102, George Beverley Shea is to receive a Lifetime Achieve Award in conjunction with The Grammy Awards.
  • Last week we linked to Derek Webb’s piece at Huffington Post, and this week you can read Frank Turk’s very firm response, and the 250 comments it generated.
  • And at the blog, On The Fence (tagline: A Skeptical Screenwriter and a Christian Pastor Talk About Faith) Travis comments on reading Greg Boyd’s Myth of a Christian Nation over the holidays. Not sure if Frank Turk would approve of Boyd.
  • Our photo below is a flashback to a 2009 post at the now defunct blog, Cool Things in Random Places. It’s a picture of The Door to Hell. Really. The link gets you many more pictures and videos.

The Door to Hell, is situated near the small town of Darvaz in Turkmenistan.  Thirty-five years ago, geologists were drilling for gas when then encountered a very large cavern underground filled with a poisonous gas.  They ignited the gas expecting it to burn off in a few hours.  The gas is still burning to this day. Its 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters depth have not been caused by volcanic activity or a meteorite impact.This crater was created sometime in the 50’s when the Soviets were prospecting for natural gas in this area and it’s been burning since then.

August 11, 2009

Lundi Links

lynxWhich would be fine if I’d got around to posting this yesterday, since Lundi means Monday in French.    Anyway, here are some excellent lynx links:

  • Should there be a “size cap” for churches so that they are maxed out at 300 people?    Owen Strachan ponders that question after isolating a quotation from another source: I cannot prove from Scripture that a church should never consist of more than three hundred or so people, but I would argue that a church which is so big that the pastor who preaches cannot know every member by name, and something about their daily lives, needs, and struggles, is a church where the pastor cannot easily fulfill the obligations of a biblical shepherd of God’s flock. … I want to be in a church where my pastor is, well, my pastor and not just that guy who is preaching over there in the distance on a Sunday morning.”    Be sure to note that the quotation comprises two paragraphs, not just the section in boldface type.   We know a church that meets in a community college and each time the attendance reaches 100, they rent another room and split up into different “gatherings.”   There are now three of them, deliberately avoiding the large church atmosphere.  So what do you think?   How big is too big? Read the whole piece here.
  • Fellow Canadian Dave Carrol blogs at Big Ear Creations, and describes in detail the tension of one of his children experiencing severe heart palpitations while the family is vacationing on an island in the middle of nowhere.     “I picked up the phone and dialed 911 for the first time in my life. I was all of a sudden “that guy” from the movies or from the ER episode… I was “that guy” with the hysterical child in the background trying to stay calm answering surreal questions on the phone with a stranger.” Have you ever had to dial 911? (Or 999 in England?  000 in Australia? 111 in New Zealand?) Read the whole story on Dave’s blog, here.
  • y courseThis link is actually from May, but I discovered it yesterday.   The “Y” Course in England is a kind of prequel to the Alpha Course.   While Alpha asks all the right “religious” questions, The “Y” Course asks the philosophical questions that precede any assumption of God or faith.  “Today, many people have a long way to go before they think about prayer, healing or sharing a faith that is not yet theirs.  One day.  But not yet… Begin with questions about life rather than Christianity… Have their focus on becoming a disciple, not the things disciples do.” Hopefully this will be available in other parts of the world, soon.  (STL in the U.S. is now stocking the introductory disc.)  Do you think the Alpha course makes too many spiritual assumptions about those who attend? Read about it here and also here.
  • I’m keeping the list of links short today, because each is a solid topic unto itself.   This last one may resonate best with many of you:  Could you summarize the gospel in ten words or less?    Demian Farnworth at the blog Fallen and Flawed invites 12 guest bloggers to do just that, then throws it out for reader suggestions, now closing in on 60.  Answers you might expect like “A broken world is saved by relentless, overwhelming love;” are mixed with answers like, “Crushed skull, redeemed cosmos, satisfied wrath, Kingdom come, Deo Gloria.” Read the many and varied responses — I’m still working on mine — and try one of your own here.

October 25, 2008

There’s “Probably” No God – Says British Humanist Association

Filed under: apologetics, Christianity, Religion, theology — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:37 pm

Clark Bunch, who blogs at The Master’s Table, links this week to a BBC report that the British Humanist Association — with a big boost from Richard Dawkins — is purchasing ad space on transit vehicles to advise the public that there is probably no God.   Probably.   Nothing like athiestic [un]certainty. You can read the blog post here.   It also contains a link to his review of Becky Garrison’s book, The New Athiest Crusaders and their Unholy Grail.

This would also be a good place to mention that Nicky Gumbel — of the Alpha Course fame — has published a response to Dawkins’ The God Delusion, titled, Is God a Delusion. You’ll also find a number of responses to Dawkins in the sermons of Bruxy Cavey at Canada’s The Meeting House church; linked in our blogroll at right.

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