Thinking Out Loud

April 14, 2013

Weekend Link List

Faith Reason Hope

A handful of things have gained a lot of traction over the weekend that should probably be dealt with here instead of waiting until Wednesday.  If you read other Christian blogs, none of this will be new, but I wanted my regular readers to be up to speed.

  • The first is the death of Brennan Manning. He authored The Ragamuffin Gospel and Abba’s Child and at least 20 other books.  Here’s a beautiful tribute from a blog which takes its name in part from Brennan’s inspiration. If you don’t know of him, here’s a set of quotations I compiled from his writing a little more than a year ago.
  • We also learned this weekend of the earlier passing a week ago of another prolific author, Christian apologist and radio host Dave Hunt.  He was the author of over 30 books.
  • Unless this is the only Christian blog you read — for which we’re grateful, by the way — you can’t have missed hearing about a rap song video by Shai Linne in which he calls out the names of prominent televangelists he believes to be False Teacher$. Having said that, I can’t find a YouTube version of the song with stats commensurate to the articles about the song. Maybe televangelists are no longer all that interesting, but it took courage to name names.
  • What is without a doubt truly viral is a letter “to the church” that appeared on the blog of a gay young person who “misses you.” Here’s a key line: ““When I was at church, they taught me something else: if you preach hate at the service, those words aren’t anointed. That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned.”  By the time you read this it is closing in on 2,300 comments!  Here’s the letter.  And here’s a response from a Christian blogger.

So many other links in the vault, but we’ll have to save some for Wednesday.  You can also follow me on Twitter.

Today’s lower graphic is a bit of a curiosity. It’s a warning to epileptics from the bottom of the page of a church bulletin from North Point Community Church (Andy Stanley) in Atlanta. I’m not sure if the warning about the church lighting system appears weekly or if this was a one-off situation. I’ve always thought the lighting at North Point resembles high school dances I attended, but they’re not the only church to do this type of thing. And what if someone misses the warning?  Comments on this topic appreciated.

North Point Church Lighting Warning

November 26, 2009

Brennan Manning’s Patched Together

Filed under: books, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:01 pm

First, a confession.   I have not read Brennan Manning’s signature title, Ragamuffin Gospel. So I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I was sent a copy of Patched Together: A Story of My Story releasing in February by David C. Cook.

Second, another confession.  I tend to associate Cook with the very white, very Protestant Sunday School curriculum content of my youth.   So I wasn’t expecting the Hispanic, Roman Catholic flavor found in Patched Together.

Finally, a last confession.   Usually the hardcover books that are light on page count but heavier on price escape my notice.   Even more so when the book is a combination of two much smaller titles previously released in such fashion; and the last dozen or so pages are actually a teaser for Manning’s other book with Cook, The Furious Longing of God.

Having said all that, you probably would think I didn’t like the book.   Wrong.   I actually enjoyed reading it.   Brennan Manning writes of a loving, heavenly father with word pictures that are emerging currently from a variety of voices.

But I’m not sure who I would recommend this book to, as parts of it — one particular plot twist especially — would have the discernment ministries people out there blowing several gaskets at once.

Unless there is more to the allegory than I’m getting.   After all, if this really A Story of My Story, there are a lot of things and places in this book standing in for something else in Manning’s life.

Still, it’s hard to see this finding a home at David C. Cook, or that some who follow that publisher imprint would be comfortable reading it.  Sorry about that.  I really tried hard to figure this book out.

Perhaps I’ll return to this after its release in February.

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