Thinking Out Loud

January 18, 2013

Me Live: Saturday on the Drew Marshall Show

Filed under: blogging — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 10:13 am

Vanity compels me to mention that on Saturday afternoon, I’ll be the “God Blogger” of the week on Canada’s most-listened to spiritual talk radio show, The Drew Marshall Show. (You get to hear the nasally voice that goes with what you read in print, but fortunately, the God Bloggers don’t have to submit a picture for Drew’s website!)

The show runs from 1:00 – 5:00 PM EST (New York City time) and my segment with Drew will occur probably around 2:00 PM.

No matter where you live you can tune in to a live stream at this link:

http://drewmarshall.ca/livestream.html

If you live in greater Toronto area (from Kitchener to Oshawa) you can also listen live at JOY-1250 (AM) radio.

Interestingly enough, other guests this week include Justin and Trisha Davis. When I was asked by Drew to compile a list of some of the things that have attracted the most interest here, I added the WordPress top posts list to the bottom of the sidebar and noted that number one presently is a compilation page of an eight-part article by Justin and Trisha, The Eight Things That Destroyed Our Marriage. I knew the piece was attracting traffic here since it was posted here in 2009, but didn’t realize it still draws so many readers. There’s some great advice there, and you’ll want to stay tuned for the interview to hear their story.

Whether or not Drew and I will get into the Louis Giglio thing — he’ll probably deal with it in the first segment with his co-host — I’m really enjoying following the discussion at Todd Rhoades’ blog. I really appreciated this reader comment today:

There is an unintended consequence of Louie’s withdraw. A precedent has been set. There is a new standard of who is and who is not allowed to participate in public events. The new standard is that those who hold the Bible’s view of homosexuality are not welcome or allowed to participate. Though not the intent, the withdraw inadvertently concedes that those that hold the Bible’s view of homosexuality are just as bad as those that would discriminate on the basis of race.

The draw for yesterday’s contest to win a copy of When Donkeys Talk by Tyler Blanski won’t happen until later Monday; so there’s still time to leave a comment — any comment — on yesterday’s item and be entered. Be sure to indicate your country as instructed.

January 13, 2013

Knowing All About God vs. Meeting God: Louis Giglio

I mentioned to several people this week that my major disappointment in the way things turned out with Louis Giglio not being part of the U.S. presidential inauguration later this month is that it would have made a whole lot more people aware of this man and his ministry.

A few weeks ago here I commented on how the Liberty Convocation series on YouTube is a treasure trove of great Christian speakers, and sure enough they had one for Louis. I know some people who read here regularly can’t watch the videos I post here, and I’m very sorry about that, but this is the finest message I’ve heard in a long while; it really resonated with me, and I felt it should be shared. (The 2-minute intro describes a conference that has already taken place; you can fast forward to 2:36)

This is well-worth the 41-minute investment it takes to watch.

January 11, 2013

Louis Giglio to be Replaced for Obama Inauguration Prayer

Filed under: current events — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:38 am

Louis Giglio

Well… that was short lived.  Fifteen minutes of fame, as it were.  But what do I know? As a Canadian, I still don’t get why a U.S. president elected to a second term even has an inauguration ceremony. Here it’s more like going to the front desk of a hotel and letting them know you’re staying an extra night. But Passion Ministries’ Louis Giglio won’t be doing the closing prayer in Washington, DC after all, as NBC reports.

A pastor chosen by President Obama to deliver the inaugural benediction later this month has withdrawn amid controversy over anti-gay remarks he made more than a decade ago.

In a mid-1990s sermon, Rev. Louie Giglio, an Atlanta minister and founder of the Passion Conferences, a group dedicated to uniting students in worship and prayer, advocated for “ex-gay” therapy and urged listeners to prevent the “homosexual lifestyle” from becoming accepted.

He also invoked a biblical passage often interpreted to require gay people to be executed and argued that homosexuals choose to be gay.

There are also other links to aspects of this story at CT LiveBlog:

… In a statement on the Passion City Church website … Giglio stated: “Though I was invited by the President of the United States to pray at his upcoming inauguration, after conversations between our team and the White House I am no longer serving in that role. … The issue of homosexuality (which a particular message of mine some 20 years ago addressed) is one of the most difficult our nation will navigate. However, individuals’ rights of freedom, and the collective right to hold differing views on any subject is a critical balance we, as a people, must recover and preserve.”

Don’t know him? Here’s a link to Louis Giglio’s 40-minute address at a Liberty University ConvocationThere’s a lot more of Louis on YouTube and in books and DVDs at your local Christian bookstore.

January 9, 2013

Wednesday Link List

Paul's Other Damascus Road - Cuyler Black

Remember, “The just shall link by faith.”

  • Our artwork today has no specific link, but is in celebration of artist Cuyler Black’s newest greeting card releases from his Inherit The Mirth collection and Nicole Brayden Gifts
  • Passion’s Louis Giglio will pray at the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama. Now it’s not happening. Read this update.
  • Shane Claiborne talks about his 2012 trip to Afghanistan on two videos at Red Letter Christians.
  • After several years silence, James Duncan returns to his blog to document his side of the lawsuit he filed against Perry Noble‘s New Spring Church.
  • Also on the subject of lawsuits, at the end of December a court weighed in on the dentist who fired his assistant for being too ‘hot.’  Dan J. Brennan offers a Christian perspective on men and women working together.  [HT: Pastoralia]
  • Michael Gungor has a very lengthy, very thoughtful essay on the state of the Christian music business. Or you can read ‘The Becky Part’ in this excerpt at Vitamin Z. You might actually know her.
  • Stanford University has an atheist chaplain — apparently that’s not an oxymoron — but Get Religion editor Terry Mattingly thinks the reporting on this misses a bigger story: What are the spiritual needs of atheists?
  • Without books like Heaven is For Real at their disposal, where did Old Testament saints think they were headed after death? C. Michael Patton answers this one.
  • Mark Galli at Christianity Today provides an updated profile of Francis Chan. “I’ve got five kids (ages 17 to 1)… My one daughter had to drive on the same day that I taught my other one how to walk. So it’s a weird, weird phase.”
  • If you’re using a computer right now, you are among the world’s richest people. Congratulations! You won the life lottery. Here’s some pictures that ran here two years ago that illustrate your prizes.
  • …And January 2011 was a good month here for several reasons. If you’re new to this blog, another one you missed was this challenge to summarize the gospel in a single sentence
  • A classic book by Louis Giglio is now updated and available in paperback. I am not, but I know I AM is both the book’s rallying cry and its title. (This item was slotted here before item #2 was added late Tuesday night!)
  • Never thought of this one.  With all the gay-friendly churches out there today, do gays really need their own denomination?  A look at the Metropolitan Community Church movement.
  • Meanwhile, a Roman Catholic church in London has ended their gay-friendly service. “Archbishop Vincent Nichols said in a statement that gay Catholics should attend Mass in their local parishes rather going to separate services.” So it’s about the parish system.
  • Sometimes when someone does something silly we jokingly say, “Are you off your meds?” But mental illness is a serious problem that the church needs to be more aware of.
  • The Christian Post weighs in on the thorny issue of how much pastors get paid. Some salary quotations are comparing apples and oranges.
  • A new generation of video game designers wants to launch a new generation of video games that aren’t lame.
  • Do you reach out when new neighbors move in? Here’s a brilliant essay with everything you need to know about how not to do this. Or maybe you’ve already done something like this.
  • Finally, a video for a song from Chris Tomlin’s new — released yesterday — album, Burning Lights, gives us weekend guitar players onscreen guitar fingering charts to play along.

Mrs. Goliath - Cuyler Black

July 6, 2011

Wednesday Link List

Wednesday link kangaroo

A kangaroo walks into a bar.

“Wow!” the bartender says; “We don’t get many kangaroos in here.”

“Yeah,” says the Kangaroo, “And at these prices, you’re not going to get many more.”

…I know it’s pathetic, but that’s always been one of my favorite jokes, and the link list seemed the best place for it.

Click the image above to see 226 more pictures from North Carolina's Wild Goose Festival in June by photographer Courtney Perry

  • If you missed the Wild Goose Festival, photographer Courtney Perry has 227 pictures; you can even purchase copies.
  • John Starke nails it on How to Write a Great Book Review (Or How Not to Write a Bad One).
  • Speaking of which, Benji Zimmerman does a great review of Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle’s Erasing Hell the response to Rob Bell’s Love Wins. (Easier to read with a Javascript Black/White swap app.)
  • And Chan himself sits down with Mark Galli at CT for what appears to be an interview but is really more of a dialog.
  • Stephen Brewster was one of many syncrobloggers who joined together in June to talk about blocks to creativity.  He links to some of the other writers, too.
  • Frank Turk digs into the can of worms being opened by New York’s new marriage law.
  • Craig Groeshel, the guy with the .tv web domains, is now suggesting individuals and families take a few nights off each week to unplug.
  • A few days late for the 4th, but for our American friends, Louis Giglio reflects on the Declaration of Independence with Chris Tomlin on camera and some cheap shots at England’s Matt Redman.  (HT: Worship Blog)
  • Matt Rawlings brings his twice yearly top five books list, and his top 62 “geek” books list.
  • Also on books, Jon, our academic book-watcher on the left coast wants you to know about Christians at the Border: Immigration, The Church and the Bible.  Basically this is a Guatemalan professor of Old Testament studies discussing social policy.  Here’s the publisher’s 411, and a 9-pg .pdf preview.
  • Adam Young, aka Owl City, has a new video, packed with footage from the Back to the Future movies.  Check out Deer in the Headlights.
  • But we can take the animal video linking thing further with this Charlie the Hamster audio file. (HT: Stuff Fundies Like.)
  • Anne Jackson, transparent as ever, has reactivated her blog which has been dormant since March.  You can read her posts from June 17th and June 24th.
  • No link here, but my son Chris put this on his Facebook page:
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    The Parable of the Dry Stick
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    I was out for a hike a while ago and there was a stick on the path.  I gave it a kick, and all the bark broke off and scattered, leaving only the bare, white wood.
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    God then said:  “The world is full of people who will completely change, who are just waiting to be prompted, quietly hoping someone will disrupt their daily ennui.”

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     If you know one of those people, give them a proverbial kick.  Tell them their life can amount to something.  Invite them to join the adventure of discovering God.

Separated at Birth (and by a few generations) — Lyn Cryderman, author of Glory Land, republished as No Swimming on Sunday and Colton Burpo of Heaven is for Real fame.  The Cryderman book is a bit of a hard-to-find collector’s item but an excellent document capturing growing up in America in the Free Methodist denomination.  “I gotta home in Glory land that outshines the sun…Way beyond the blue”

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