In addition to what you see here each week, I’ve recently updated the blogroll on the right hand side of the page. I’m generally looking to keep blogs which have been active within the preceding 30 days. It’s an ongoing process and suggestions are welcomed. Also, if you find yourself lost somewhere without your computer bookmarks, make your way to Thinking Out Loud and use our news, podcast and blog links as a portal to some great sites.
This week a slightly shorter list due to time constraints and the Canadian Income Tax Deadline on April 30th.
Oh… one more thing: A big shout-out to Michael and Jenine in North Dakota. Thanks for your note this week!
- Time bomb comment? The mayor of San Antonio, Texas says atheism is at the root of the city’s poverty…
- …In contrast, being a church-loving Christian is the secret to long life.
- Point/Counterpoint: Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo have released Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son available now in hardcover from HarperCollins. (Sorta like that Bible that Andy Stanley and Charles Stanley did together but with a lot more contrast.)
- Church Life: It’s not the music or the quality of the kids program after all. For Protestants, the hot draw is sermon content that illuminates scripture.
- Leadership Lessons: The ups and downs of ministry life is like a roller coaster.
- This year’s Templeton Prize recipient is Alvin Plantinga. “The Foundation cited Plantinga’s ability to recognize that religious beliefs do not have to conflict with philosophical work; instead, Plantinga has argued, faith can provide crucial contributions to philosophy.”
- A church in rapid decline: Predicting what the Church of Scotland will look like in 2047.
- Joyce Meyer Ministries confirms that her degree from Life Christian University was honorary, not earned.
- Gateway, the church founded by Robert Morris is cutting staff and overhead by 10-15%.
- Book Review (1): On the other Paul Young thing happening this month, this reviewer says, “Those who trashed this book have my pity…”
- Book Review (2): Top writers in Christian Fiction, Bill Myers, Angela Hunt, Frank Peretti, and Alton Gansky combined their talents for four individual but related novellas.
- Worship Workshop: Two articles by Tim Challies:
- Calling them “an extremist organization,” Russia has banned Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- A different kind of Christian film: Releasing in India, Warpath documents Australian Missionary Dr. Graham Stains who along with his two children Philip (9) & Timothy (7) were killed by being burned inside their car. (When you click be sure to read the full description.)
- Catholic Corner: The author of the book is credited as “Pope Francis.” The subtitle of the book is Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. And the title? Any guesses? Mother Mary.
- You decide: Is this a news article or an advertisement?
- Architecture: A look at a multi-faith “sacred space,” Snyder Sanctuary at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
- ♫ If you live in a radio market where 20 The Countdown Magazine is broadcast, listen this weekend for the 20 Top Praise and Worship Songs.
- Sword Drills, Jesus wept, Pentecostals, The Jesus Movement, emotionalism…all in a single devotional.
- Listicle of the Week: Five things to remember when interacting with non-churched people.
- Blog of the Week: Not sure how far this one goes, but the writer has been posting up a storm at HairMetalJesusFreak. (Yes!) The stuff is well written but the 3-column format just doesn’t work on my desktop.
- Provocative Headline of the Week: A tie between Bare, Naked Faith and Why the Lord’s Prayer is Offensive. (Both of these found at the weekly link list at Phoenix Preacher. Thanks Michael and Eric.) …
- …But they missed Bare With Me.
- Sigh! Franklin Graham says that U.S. President Donald Trump should not disclose his tax returns.
- Another moral failure at a high profile megachurch. (The language in this is somewhat blunt.)
- Tweet of the Week
- Finally, and I’ll be the first to admit this one is not for everyone, Matthew Pierce takes on the issue of whether masturbation is a sin. (It was 11:38 when I wrapped this up last night; blame this one on lack of sleep.)