With lots of people doing summer things this week, I thought we’d tinker with the format while nobody’s looking. ANYTHING YOU CLICK will take you to PARSE, the blog of Leadership Journal, the Link List’s owner. But first, we take you to Monday’s edition of the comic Pearls Before Swine (click image to link).
- This could be a model for other cities: You’ve heard of business incubators, now a ministry incubator and network hub is opening in an iconic location in Canada’s capital.
- He’s a Christian comedian with an Evangelical focus, and yes, Nazareth is his real name.
I usually bury the video links near the bottom, but this week uncovered two clips I wanted to give more prominence.
- I have a pet peeve about so much American Christian music being guitar-based and Nashville-rooted, so this synth-based piece, You Brought Me Back to Life put a smile on my face. (Read why Citizens and Zach Bolen landed on my radar.)
- On YouTube he goes by DavidWesley, and relatively speaking, we’re practically next door neighbors. This original song, performed acapella is titled Real Life Offering, and is one of many…
- …of course if your tastes run to something more like rap, watch for Tedashii.
Church leadership stuff:
- This one takes you to an 11-minute video that suggests that the moral failure of pastors is linked to relaxing our standards as we grow accustomed to the darkness of the dominant culture.
- If it was just a matter of expository or topical preaching it would be easy. Unfortunately, there are at least eighteen other variants.
- Conference crashing: In a 4-minute video, Aubrey Malphurs offers eight reasons why lay people aren’t getting involved.
- Pulpit Plagiarism: At least one reporter has been taking notes.
- A UK church has been forced to remove signage telling non-believers they will burn in hell, after a complaint that the wording constitutes hate speech.
- No, it’s not about translations: Four Modern Versions of the Bible that are Ruining The Bible.
- An economist looks at psychology. No specific link here, you’ll have to jump into this ongoing series at the New Zealand blog Blessed Economist, called What is a Person? It began May 26th and grows more complex and more interesting with each new post.
- While reading some updated stats on the Korean church in North America, I discovered a link to a three-part series on the unique challenges when doing pre-marital counseling with Asian-American Christians.
- A Christian response to a New York Times article advocating that cohabitation is better marriage preparation than courtship.
- If we’re going to teach our daughters modesty, let’s be doing it for all the right reasons.
- It’s not really essay-length, but David Murray has a blog post just for your kids.
The wider religious world:
- The Vatican’s rules aren’t stopping a number of women priests from having themselves ordained anyway.
- The founder may be gone, but the spirit of Westboro Baptist Church is alive and well…
- …However, Phelps’ grandson does a radio interview reflecting on leaving the church and thereby somewhat leaving the family. (Click audio link for May 31st)
- The U.S. Navy says the phrase “Atheist Chaplain” is an oxymoron and rejected a Humanist Association-backed candidate for the second time.
- Like every other human on the planet, Pope Francis needs to take a summer break.
- Mormonism isn’t getting in the way of the guys in Red Yeti pursuing rock ‘n roll success.
- A colonel in a Russian security service is sentenced to 3.5 years for stealing a priceless Gutenberg bible.
- Quick read: Many of the journalists who cover family issues have no children.
- Infographic: The rise of secularism in U.S. religion.
- You might not recognize some names in the Wild Goose Festival lineup of musicians and speakers.
- I often wonder how it is that people will write things not knowing their lives are going to be suddenly taken, such as this blog post by a Virginia teen a few weeks before his death.
- It’s one of those “Ten Things” articles about VBS, but this checklist includes VBS things you never considered.
- There’s not a lot of substance to this first post, but veteran Christian blogger Andrew Jones aka Tall Skinny Kiwi is back online after a year’s absence.
- In the markets where they have survived, Christian bookstores are offering a surrogate church experience for millennials.
- “Everyone should see a counselor from time to time.” Even your kids.
Be afraid; be very afraid:
- Online and in Christian bookstores, October marks Thomas Nelson’s release of The Duck Commander Bible.
- I’m not sure that a large outdoor billboard promoting your church’s children’s ministry should include a quotation from Adoph Hitler.
- This 2011 video turned up on a few Twitter accounts over the weekend: Al Mohler affirming that “New Calvinism” is the only way.
- Scalpers were asking $850 for tickets to Joel Osteen at Yankee Stadium.
- A hip-hop church in North Carolina has a Saturday service at 5:30, but “Happy Hour” starts at 5:00. (See image below!)
- I see a blood moon rising. I see trouble on the way.
- Finally, if you collect classic obscure and crazy laws, here are ten church related statutes.
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