Thinking Out Loud

February 18, 2018


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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.

August 14, 2013

Wednesday Link List

I thought we’d kick off with something timely for back-to-school from

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Here are this week’s links, and one or two I accidentally left off last week’s list.  As usual you need to scoot over to Out of Ur for the actual linking.

  • Yeah, I know. Three links to Dictionary of Christianese in six weeks.  But how I could pass when the word was narthex? Meet you in the narthex when you’re done reading the rest of the list.
  • A trailer is out for a movie celebrating 40 years of England’s Greenbelt Music & Arts Festival.
  • Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love is an all-time Christian fiction bestseller. Now, word that after many years, Bridge to Haven, a new title, will release in spring 2014.
  • Essay of the Week: A Facebook fast isn’t fasting. Actress and writer Hannah Rivard guest posts at The Rebelution, the blog of Alex and Brett Harris.
  • A Tennessee judge rules you can’t call a child Messiah.
  • The above item reminds us of a story we did a few months ago: In New Zealand you can name a kid Faith, Hope or Charity, but not Justice.  (They turned down two Messiah’s there also.)
  • Because your kids’ picture Bible storybooks tend to be family friendly, odds are that these five stories didn’t make the final edit.
  • Related: A serious management feasibility study on how Noah got all the animals to fit inside.
  • At Stuff Christians Like, a few lines of dialog that even your adult Bible is missing.
  • The best articles on Bible translation are always written by people who actually do Bible translation.
  • Despite being on record as not wanting to speak to certain topics, it turns out that C. S. Lewis actually did address homosexuality.
  • You’ve heard him on radio, now meet the face behind the voice: Christian financial planning expert Dave Ramsey takes to video.
  • If we believe in the priesthood of all believers, does that by definition diminish the need for structured leadership?
  • Another outdoor concert stage collapse, this time involving Christian bands MercyMe and The Afters at the Cleveland County fairgrounds.
  • The names have been changed to protect both the innocent and the guilty: A tale of two pastoral transitions.
  • We may be on a journey to eternal life, but a Pew Research survey claims that only one in three of us want this life to last eternally.
  • David Hayward aka The Naked Pastor is the latest Christian blogger to try the podcast thing.
  • Confession isn’t just good for the soul, it’s necessary for taking steps toward a holy God.
  • In the Assemblies of God denomination, growth is taking place, but their trademark distinctive, speaking in tongues, is on the decline.
  • Is it blasphemous or just plain vulgar? A UK vicar claims the former Archbishop of Canterbury rode in her car and wasn’t disturbed by her edgy and controversial bumper sticker.  [Content advisory]
  • Related: Describing her book as “a messy profanity- and prayer-laden theological memoir,” the Sarcastic Lutheran aka Nadia Bolz-Weber introduces Pastrix. No wonder reviewers like myself aren’t being given advance copies. Here’s a video trailer. [Much stronger content advisory: NSFCO (Not safe for church offices)]
  • In your local church, do you have the gift of diapers or the gift of chairs?
  • Hoping to flee what they consider U.S. government interference in religion; a family ends up lost at sea.
  • I never know how to end the list each week, but the Canadian in me is drawn to this.

The graphic below was located at The Master’s Table, where similar things can be found each Monday. (You’ll have to look up the verses.)


One thing I really miss with the new arrangement is the feedback from readers on particular links. So feel free to comment either here or at Out of Ur.

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