Thinking Out Loud

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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December 19, 2008

The U.K.’s Best Christian Blog and Web Sites

Filed under: blogging, Christianity, internet — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 12:12 am

Dave Walker’s Church Times site posted this list of award winners back in September.   Why am I posting this now?   I just feel that sometimes our blogosphere begins and ends in North America.     Just as the entertainment industry is dominated by what takes place in Nashville or Los Angeles, so also do bloggers from other places actively track a number of U.S. and Canadian blogs.

Personally, I want to read things being written from another viewpoint, and England is a good place to start since we almost speak the same language.   Anyway, here’s the list:

This year’s winners were as follows:

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You can also find blogs in different countries by using Google searches for different countries.   For England, you would go to http://www.Google.co.uk and search “theology blog” or “worship blog” or whatever interests you.   Be sure to click on ‘pages from the U.K.’

For Australia, you would go to http://www.Google.com.au, select ‘pages from Australia’ and try something like “Christian blogs,” or “Christian music blog.”

It’s a whole different world out there.   I hope to post some links from some of these sites in the weeks ahead, but, as a friend of mine once said, “the cows tend to go down the same trail every morning.”

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Graphic:  McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map – …made by an Australian who was tormented for coming from the “bottom of the world”. It was the first modern south-up map, published in 1979   See it and other south-north maps at The Upsidedown Map Page.

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