Thinking Out Loud

September 10, 2014

Wednesday Link List

From DailyEncouragement.net -- "...It is a camp for displaced Christian refugees in Iraq (Click to enlarge). Note the English on the center tent proclaiming in a very dark place, 'Jesus Is The Light Of The World'."

From DailyEncouragement.net — “…It is a camp for displaced Christian refugees in Iraq (Click to enlarge). Note the English writing on the center tent proclaiming in a very dark place, ‘Jesus Is The Light Of The World’.”

This week we celebrate the ellipsis, its utility as connective device, and its overuse. In other words, many of this week’s links were related.

Each week we scour the web for stories of interest to Leadership Journal readers, however several of our “usual suspects” have put up pay-walls or added pop-ups that can only be described as obnoxious. The goal is to deliver news and opinion pieces with a minimum of interruption and solicitation. Suggestions are always welcomed, you can contact me on Twitter, or at Thinking Out Loud before 6 PM EST Mondays.

Paul Wilkinson is considered Canada’s foremost authority on writing a Wednesday Link List, and he doesn’t just say that because he writes his own footer for this weekly piece.

From theologygrams.wordpress.com, a site I suspect we'll be visiting many times in the future

From theologygrams.wordpress.com, a site I suspect we’ll be visiting many times in the future

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January 29, 2014

Wednesday Link List

Bible is like a software license
A lot of people are critical of short-term missions, but right now, a plane ticket to somewhere warm would look really appealing. In the meantime, here are some links to keep you warm, clicking anything that follows will take you to PARSE at Christianity Today and then you can click through from there.

We leave you today with “the thrill that’ll gitcha when ya get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone.”  In this case, Pope Francis in the current issue; click the image to read the story.

Pope Francis Rolling Stone Cover

Paul Wilkinson is based in Canada — “You liked the first Polar Vortex so much we’re sending you another one” — and blogs at Thinking Out Loud and Christian Book Shop Talk

November 30, 2013

Remembering TBN Founder Paul Crouch

Paul Crouch 2

The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is reporting the passing of founder Paul Crouch today, Saturday, November 30th.  Crouch was in poor health and had been hospitalized a month ago.

Christian Post reports:

Brandon Crouch reported the death of his grandfather, Trinity Broadcasting Network founder Paul Crouch, on Twitter and Instagram.

TBN has posted an announcement to its Facebook page.

This blog post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Paul Crouch and Jim Bakker founded TBN in 1973. Earlier this year the network celebrated its 40th anniversary. TBN would become the world’s largest religious network.

Paul left behind wife Janice Bethany Crouch and sons Paul Crouch Jr and Matthew Crouch. Paul’s granddaughters Brittany Crouch Koper and Carra Crouch are involved in litigation with the network.

…continue reading here…

TBN’s website describes the organization:

TBN is the world’s largest religious network and America’s most watched faith channel.  TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming that appeal to people in a wide variety of Protestant, Catholic and Messianic Jewish denominations.

1.  TBN features more original and exclusive programs than other faith channels.
2.  TBN is America’s most watched faith channel according to Nielsen Ratings.
3.  More Americans request TBN per Barna Research.

According to Wikipedia:

The Trinity Broadcasting Network was co-founded by Paul Crouch, Jan Crouch, Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker in 1973 as Trinity Broadcasting Systems

TBN owns 35 full-power television stations serving larger metropolitan areas, and, at its peak, 252 low-power television stations in the United States, which are mixed among stations serving medium-sized cities and rural translator stations in order to maximize the network’s reach as much as is permissible. TBN also has several hundred affiliate stations throughout the United States, although just 61 of these stations are full-power UHF or VHF stations. The rest are low-powered stations, requiring a viewer to be within several miles of the transmitter to receive the signal. According to TVNewsCheck, TBN was the third largest over-the-air television station group in the country as of 2010, besting the station groups of CBS, Fox, and NBC, but behind Ion and Univision.

Worldwide, TBN’s channels are broadcast on 70 satellites and over 18,000 television and cable affiliates. TBN is also seen on the internet globally, where viewers can watch TBN programming live…

Related: On this blog, a June, 2012 story about conflict within the Crouch family, conflict which continued up until Paul’s death, according to this post by Brandon Crouch.

June 22, 2012

Granddaughter of Paul and Jan Crouch Reveals Domestic Secrets

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TBN’s Paul Crouch

Update: If you were directed here by a search engine looking for information on the November 30, 2013 passing of Paul Crouch, click here.

While a website like Bene Diction Blogs On is more concerned with the hard news aspects of the financial allegations being made by Brittany Koper, the granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Paul and Jan Crouch; in this reader’s humble opinion, the soft news story — revelations as to the Crouch’s domestic life, or lack thereof — really trumps the part that’s catching the attention of BDBO readers. Read the story and decide for yourself.

As I said in a comment, I think BDBO buried the lede on this one. I can get financial impropriety anytime, it’s the celebration of family weirdness that is at the heart of the story.

In particular, BDBO embeds an interview that Koper did with Jackie Alnor of Apostasy Alert, on Rapture Ready Radio. Posted on YouTube, this audio clip had, as of Wednesday night when I listened, attracted only about 500 “views.” Perhaps it’s the 30-minute length. But it is certainly never boring. (The total was up to 700 on Thursday night; still extremely low given the content.)

The host, Alnor, summarizes what is at the heart of the interview:

* Paul and Jan have not lived together as a couple for decades
* Their relationship on air is a sham
* Matthew Crouch is the product of adultery and not Paul Crouch’s biological son
* Jan, still in her old age, is in an adulterous relationship
* Paul, Sr. is a drunk
* Jan and Paul are tyrants as bosses at TBN
* The U.S. Attorney General’s office is investigating potential criminal action…

(The host summarizes these things at the 24:17 to 25:07 mark.)

So very sad. And one hesitates to draw attention to such things. But maybe the problem with the needed accountability is that nobody wants to be the confessor.

Here again is the link to BDBO if you wish to read the article, the comments and watch the video.

October 26, 2011

Wednesday Link List

So what’s your take-away from today’s cartoon?  It’s from the book God is Dog Spelled Backwards by Julia Cmaeron and Elizabeth Cameron; not for sale at your local Christian bookstore.

  • The Seattle Mars Hill church (Mark Driscoll) decided to go after other Mars Hills churches to try to protect its brand.  But then the church realized its reaction was a little over the top.
  • Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter becomes the latest Christian author, signing a two-book deal with Zondervan.
  • The Occupy London protesters forced the closing of St. Paul’s Cathedral mostly due to fire concerns.
  • Speaking of the UK, a man there writes on his Facebook page that he believes marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman, and next thing you know he’s demoted at work with a 40% pay cut.
  • If you have an iTunes account, you can click this link for an interview with Steve Carr, the founder of the non-profit Flannel film company that produced Rob Bell’s NOOMA videos and Francis Chan’s BASIC series.
  • Paul Crouch, Jr. has left the family business, aka The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) to “pursue other work.”  The departure was rather sudden.
  • Americans can donate to missions at the left click of a mouse; but as the U.S. dollar slides against foreign currencies, overseas mission projects are hurting for funding.
  • In one of his best pieces to date, Trevin Wax imagines a somewhat ideal media interview with a pastor on the homosexual debate.
  • Lots of rumblings from the Calvary Chapel churches over the visits of the ever-controversial Jerry Boykin to various CCs, mostly because of Boykin’s Jesuit connections.  While this website looks somewhat sensationalist, it does contain a lot of documentation,  perhaps this one boils it down more concisely.
  • Josh Wiley collects 22 Awesome C. S. Lewis Quotations.
  • Comedian Tim Hawkins has Three Requests for Worship Pastors.
  • October 31st: JesusWeen.  Seriously. Someone came up with this.  To non-Christians it’s a bit of joke.  To Christians it’s somewhat unnecessary.
  • October 31st: Hell Houses.  Russell D. Moore has seven reasons why Judgment Houses or Hell Houses miss the mark.
  • It took presidential hopeful Michelle Bachman only a few days to note that presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s “999” economic program is simply “666” upside down.  She remarked, “The devil is in the details.” Jeremy Myers examines 666.
  • Just in time for Reformation Sunday: Zac Hicks’ worship song including the five “solas” Sola fide (pronounced “FEE-deh”) – faith alone; Sola gratia (pronounced “GRAT-see-ah”) – grace alone; Solus Christus (pronounced “KREE-stoos”) – Christ alone; Sola scriptura (pronounced “skrip-TOO-rah”) – Scripture alone; Soli Deo gloria (pronounced “DEH-o GLOH-ree-ah”) – to God alone be the glory. (Don’t forget to roll the r’s.)  Click the audio player in this link.
  • Insert your link here.  Seen something online this week that I missed?  Add your suggestion to the comments.  Note that not all links will posted; anything commercial or inappropriate won’t be accepted.
  • With apologies to Margaret Fishback Powers, I thought we’d end with an “almost” version of Footprints.

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