It’s the internet; a place where you just have to think of it and it exists. Here — in no particular order — are some places I’ve been since our last linkfest ten days ago:
- Jonathan at ReThink Mission gets his friend Aaron — a non believer — talking about how Christians could better share their faith. Insight number one: “Don’t come with an agenda.” Hear more here.
- At the blog, Solar Crash, Lon points out that, “Sponsoring a Child is Not Loving a Child.” Good thoughts. But then — and whatever you do, don’t miss this — he includes a video of a sponsored child who is now an adult who is speaking to the Catalyst conference on behalf of Compassion. Then, something amazing happens!
- Fasten your seat belts for this one. What if the message of creation was packaged in scientific-sounding language and the message of evolution was phrased in religious-sounding words? How might this change your appreciation of both messages? Especially when both of them are talking at once? Check out the 3 1/2 minute animation Duelity on Vimeo.
- The evening news bring images of suffering and disaster into vivid focus, but increasingly, people spend more time at the small (computer) screen than the large (broadcast) screen, thereby avoiding media discomfort. So here, courtesy of The Big Picture, are some rather striking images of Typhoon Ketsana which struck The Phillipines during the last week of September.
- As a one-time philosophy major at university — the same year Time magazine said, “Philosophy is the prerequisite to unemployment” — I’ve been very much drawn to the rather engaging Justice series airing on the PBS Think Bright digital network. At least 24 Harvard University lectures by Michael Sandel have been condensed into twelve 55-minute portions; the first time Harvard has posted courses online. Grab your notebook and join the class here.
- The blog Higher Ground reposts a series of statements by Charles Finney under the title, “How To Preach Without Converting Anyone.” Warning: Finney pulls no punches. For example: “Avoid preaching doctrines that are offensive to the carnal mind, so that no one should say to you, as they did of Christ, ‘This is a hard saying, who can hear it?’” Check it out here.
- You’ll notice the previous link is actually lifted from something called Dead Guy Blog. (Tag line: ” Learning from the giants of the faith that have gone before us to strengthen our faith and stir our affections toward God.”) I wanted to include this blog as a separate link highlight and I want to encourage you to check out the entire blog, not just the permalink to one entry.
- David Fitch’s “A Warning List for Those Who Would Join a Missional Church Gathering” at his blog, Reclaiming The Mission, has a lot more substance to be limited to just the missional conversation. What do you look for in a church? Maybe it’s all the wrong things! I like number ten. The last sentence. Read all ten warnings here.
- My favorite Nashville pastor, Pete Wilson, quotes John Ortberg: “It has never been easier to obtain the scriptures and never harder to absorb.” Profound stuff, eh? Sendin’ Pete some link love here.
- Kathy at the blog, The Well has a gripping item from David Yonggi Cho telling the story of a pastor who prepares his family for the martyrdom they are about to experience. That very night. Read it here.
- Jesus Christ preached the good news of The Kingdom. He didn’t just offer “Get out of Hell” cards. Sometimes that message gets lost on even seasoned churchgoers. Christian musician Shaun Groves gets caught in the middle of such a situation at one of his recent concerts.
- Finally, to make it an even dozen, here’s a link from this blog just a few days ago that I thought would generate more comments. Hidden between the lines is the answer to the question, Why Evangelicals Don’t Have Crucifixes. Or maybe not so hidden.
Thanks to Steve McCoy at Reformissionary for the link to Re Think Mission.
If you got this far and still haven’t linked to anything, consider just the first three items on today’s list.