Thinking Out Loud

March 27, 2013

Wednesday Link List


Our opening image this week apparently dates back to the mid ’90s and was sourced on a Dutch website whose name translates approximately as End Time Space. Click the image to link.

Several possible links for this week were important enough to become their own posts here. Be sure to check back at topics covered since Thursday.

  • First, please consider following my Twitter feed; not because of my great wisdom, but because I’m following some other really cool people. 
  • The radio host of “Canada’s most listened-to spiritual talkback show,” Drew Marshall takes to television this weekend. 
  • Is the Pope Catholic?  This blogger dares to ask: Is the Pope born again
  • Here’s a good breakdown of pastor blogs fitting into ten (or eleven!) categories. Actually, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • Just in time for Passover, the Maccabeats are back.
  • If you or someone you know has been involved in a marital affair, here’s a reminder to skip the what questions and look at the why questions.
  • This week the Dictionary of Christianese defines Godincidences. (They’re like God Winks.)
  • This has been around for awhile, but if you haven’t watched this timely 3-minute video, check out Peter Rollins’ I Deny The Resurrection
  • A Canadian Mennonite pastor is dealing with a couple of strange baptism requests: “They don’t know much about Jesus, but they want to come to him, to sign up to follow, even though they don’t have much of an idea what they are getting into.”
  • One hundred and eleven podcasts later, and you can still listen to episodes of A Christian and An Atheist.
  • Here’s a good analysis on how the church should multiply (real growth) instead of simply poaching (transfer growth) from other churches.
  • And on that same blog we found a link to a piece on how tradition(s) can trump what Jesus explicitly taught
  • Know a single who is saving their first kiss? You might identify with this video trailer, but trailer for what? (Found at TWW.)
  • Russell Moore is asked whether or not reading fiction is a waste of time. He answers that fiction can  “awaken parts of us that we have calloused over.”
  • And congrats to Russell on his new title with the SBC.
  • Pete Wilson and Cross Point Church have invaded downtown Nashville. Their new church building opened this past Sunday.
  • For gay Christians, the F-word is fear.  Read this two part post starting with the article and then, especially the author’s story.
  • Pastors’ Corner: Five sources of ministry distractions, including Platform Jacking and Funny Money.
  • If you’re thinking of being in Vancouver, British Columbia from July 29 to August 2, 2013, you could sign up for this business ethics course.
  • When you are trying to make it as a writer, a rejection letter can be crushing, and create a need to reaffirm your calling.

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October 20, 2012

God-Things Do Happen

It’s not likely I’ll ever get to one of those “Band of Bloggers” conferences, if they even still convene; so most of my connection with others in the Christian blogosphere is people I already knew in the days before Thinking Out Loud. I’ve come to realize that there are very few people I connect with online that I will ever meet in the flesh. Some of them may not even exist; they may be computer generated!

So this week it was interesting to get together with writer/blogger Diane Lindstrom as well as Linda Armbruster, another writer she brought with her. My default answer when she suggested getting together was probably going to be ‘no.’ I just don’t like “blind blogger dates,” even if both parties are happily married. But it was actually a really nice break to be able to get away from work for what turned into almost three hours, and talk about the passion which consumes a minimum of one hour daily.

Diane described her take on the day in this post.

Then we went back to the Christian bookstore where I work and we ran into another Canadian author Sarah Tun. We’re usually preoccupied selling bestselling titles by major U.S. Christian authors, and I had made a reference earlier in the day to local authors who want to leave books on consignment and “chasing them out with a stick;” yet here we were hosting a mini authors’ convention by the checkout. (We don’t even have chairs for people…)

I’m glad Sarah and Diane got to meet, and was glad I got to meet both of them, plus Linda who is working on a children’s book. It was a very refreshing change of pace. You could even call it a God thing, but I know some people don’t like that phrase, so I won’t.

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