December 10, 2010
Url's Links of the Week
A holiday fruit basket of articles, videos, and blogs for Urbanitos to devour.
Urbanitos, this is your jefe. Here are videos, articles, and blog posts you should be reading this week. Live largo and proselytize.
New research from the Barna Group concludes that only 5 percent of Christians are held accountable by their church for integrating biblical beliefs into their life. It seems most churches are all bark and no bite.
C’mon, Get Happy!
The American Sociological Review (ASR) has published research this month that finds people who frequently attend church or other places of worship are happier than those who attend less often.
The Hanukkah Song (no not that one)
Don’t know much about the other holiday this season? Well, check out this video by The Maccabeats. (Get it? Maccabees?)
Face Right…Now Left.
Newsweek profiles the new faces of the Christian Right. But strangely they include a number of figures pegged as on the political Left like Sojourner’s leader Jim Wallis, environmentalists Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, and Obama’s friend Joel Hunter.
Soon and Very Soon…
Christians in Omaha have erected billboards announcing that Jesus will return on May 21, 2011. They have plans to expand the campaign to other cities. Las Vegas is not on the list.
Need Religion? There’s an App for That.
Cathleen Falsani runs down her favorite iPhone religion apps for prayer, study, giving, confession, and practice. (Url’s favorite…the “Hallelujah Button.”)
First Baptist Church of Dallas has launched a “Grinch Alert” website (grinchalert.com) to report businesses that do not emphasize the Christian nature of the season. The site has a “naughty” list for those who use “Happy Holidays” and a “nice” list for those who prefer “Merry Christmas.” (And who exactly is the Grinch in this scenario?)