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July 10, 2013
Wednesday Link List: Trayvon Martin, Scientology Censors, and More
The best ministry links from around the web, bar none.
We return for another adventure in mouse clicking -- for which we thank the recently deceased mouse inventor Douglas Engelbart -- from the Wednesday Link List at Thinking Out Loud.
As the Trayvon Martin case continues, a Christian social justice advocate and author shares what he wants his own son to know in order to survive intense encounters with people who hold his life in their hands.
The Church of Scientology has asked Google to show search results which reflect a more positive picture of their beliefs and practices. Well, we all want things we can't have, right? Guess that's not what's meant by Search Engine Optimization.
Macleans, Canada's national news magazine notes that country's largest outreach ministry to gays, once an Exodus-International-styled organization, was way ahead of the curve on making changes.
J. Lee Grady, a Pentecostal leader notes ten of the ruder things people do during church services. If you're reading this in the pews right now, that's one of them. (And you thought it was anything goes at Pentecostal services, right?)
Here's a list of six intentional errors made in Bible manuscripts. Wait a minute, did we say intentional? Did we say errors?
Essay of the Week (or more accurately, last month): The writer formerly known as Anne Jackson and now known as Anne Marie Miller on her trip to The Philippines.
List of the Week: I might print and frame this one -- 8 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said. (Sample: #2 That I’ve cheated on my wife when I check out an attractive woman.)
If you follow Paul Baloche's Twitter feed -- he tweets every 2.3 seconds -- you know he's releasing his second worship album in French this week. (Here's an old review I did of the first album.)
Home-church leaders, look out! An Arizona man is arrested for having a Bible study in his home.
A Roman Catholic Archbishop in Philadelphia is being questioned about his choice of words in describing many who identify as Christians as pagans.
Is it possible for Christians to develop ethics apart from commands and rules found in Scripture and yet claim those ethics are based on principles found in scripture?
Leader checklist: Here are three quick tests of whether or not you are nearing burnout.
That 'thing' your church does every year? Here are ten indicators to watch for that it's time to put that event to rest. Comes with a chart of healthy and unhealthy programs.
In what's being called a 'trial by Wikipedia,' a California judge says a public school's version of yoga isn't religious. Everybody assume the "crisscross applesauce" pose.
NBC has snapped up the sequel to The Bible miniseries that ran on History. Of course, you and I are that sequel.
If I was going to be in Arkansas on August 8th, I'd definitely go see a combined concert with John Michael Talbot and Michael Card...
...But if you don't recognize those names, you're more likely wanting to know that finally, the band Everfound has an album releasing next week.
Have you been to Faith Village yet? I show up mostly to enjoy the navigation bar, a street-scape with dozens of clickable destinations. More about it at this article on my blog.
Pacifism isn't passivism. So for Christian pacifists, is a killing ever justified? Here's another take on the same subject.
You want to take the responsibility seriously if you're doing Christian song lyric writing.
Remember the Christian band Addison Road? Lead singer Jenny Simmons returned with a new album this year, and just released a new video.
Finally, at my own blog this week: If your town still actually has a Christian bookstore, you might notice a few product categories have gone missing.
A generation ago Paul Wilkinson stopped writing for CCM Magazine saying, "While it's a good thing to
write the news, it's a far better thing to
make the news." Oddly enough, years later, here he is at Out of Ur not even writing the news, but simply indexing stories written by others. This is not upward mobility.