A shorter group this time…
- The big news that finally reached our corner of the world this week is Canada’s most popular Christian male vocalist, Steve Bell, has recorded a new album with the title song, Kindness, written by Brian McLaren. Yes, that Brian McLaren. Details at Christian Week.
- But in a slightly different musical genre, Steve has company on the link list, as the song Avalanche by Manafest (aka Toronto’s Chris Greenwood) is getting lots of airplay. Start your investigation of Manafest at this MySpace page. Or watch the video from Tooth ‘N Nail Records.
- While most of the attention is focused on New York City, there are residents in Murfreesboro, Tennessee who don’t want a mosque in their backyard, either; and it’s taxpayers who are footing the bill for the legal batter, as reported at USA Today.
- It’s unfortunate when you have to frame a definition in opposition to other circulating ideas, but Dan Phillips suggests the entry for Mary in a Bible dictionary might read, “The mother of Jesus. A pivotal yet minor figure in the New Testament, mentioned by name in only four books.”
- Regent College professor, Pentecostal scholar, and author of How To Read the Bible for All It’s Worth Gordon Fee has a 30-minute video YouTube clip on how the book came to be as well as some of its major themes.
- It must have a slow year for Christian news stories, because Christianity Today’s top ten stories of 2010 seems to missing anything of urgency. And eight of its ten stories are U.S.-centric.
- Always provocative — to some — Christian music artist Derek Webb is back in the online pages of Huffington Post.
- Christianity 201 devotes two consecutive days to the writings of Rick James, author of A Million Ways to Die (David C. Cook)
- We always end the link list with a cartoon and many of these have come from Baptist Press cartoonists such as Joe McKeever below. Sadly, it looks like this is the last one, as the cheerful people at BP are attempting to invoke copyright that will permit e-blasts but not blogs. Too bad; I thought when God gives gifts they’re for sharing. Oh well. We’re slowly running out of cartoons we can actually run, although I’m not sure what legal action they would take against a Canadian. But never underestimate Baptists. (Or cats.) This one was quite funny, and it seems a good one to end 2010 with. To Joe, Doug, Dennis, Dennis, Frank and David: We’ll miss you!