July 31, 2013
Wednesday Link List: Surprising Missionaries, Vocational Grandma-Guilt, and More
You won't find better linkage than this, cowpoke.
We scan the internet so you don't have to!
- You still have a few more days left to catch the entire service rebroadcast of Rick and Kay Warren's return to their church, or as my wife calls it, Back in the Saddleback Again.
- Jamie Wright contrasts the type of worship service that took place on the mission field with the way it's done in North America, and who is doing it wrong.
- If you haven't yet, check out the Dictionary of Christianese which takes all those cliches we toss around rather seriously. Check out bumper sticker theology and cafeteria Christianity.
- Oil and Water Department: Jenni Catron offers 4 foundations for healthy relationships between leaders and creative types.
- Who sends the most missionaries? Who receives the most missionaries? The data may surprise you.
- Essay of the Week: I've been reading Steve McCoy since I discovered the Christian blogosphere and have prayed for them during Molly's illness. This is a must-read piece on what the wedding vows sound like after two decades.
- The answer to this question depends on what you mean by asking: Is all scripture from the Lord?
- Story stress: A Christian fiction author asks her readers if they prefer a slower build to a shorter climax or a heart-pumping series of ever-increasing dangers and difficulties?
- Once Upon a Time Department: A look back how technology impacted ministry, but in this case, the technology was radio.
- At my own blog this week, a look at how it's not in Amazon's best interest to see brick and mortar bookstores closing.
- When Grandma tells the kids, ""My greatest hope is that all of you will grow up to serve the Lord as missionaries and pastors;" she may be front-loading the children with vocational guilt.
- In the continuing debate about the effectiveness of short-term missions, perhaps the best situation has short-term workers working alongside long-term workers.
- You've probably seen this by now, but this interview with a professor of New Testament studies is being called the most embarrassing interview Fox News has ever done.
- At Reformation21, Carl Trueman says there's a difference between childish and childlike and it's determined by our response to external authority.
- Selective emphasis. That's the nice of way of saying what others would call cherry picking the Bible.
- And from the ministry conglomerate -- gotta remember that term -- that brings you Out of Ur: A new website, Church Law & Tax.
- It's so simple: Micro-enterprise development is a “hidden hero” in ending modern-day slavery because it creates jobs. Job creation is essential to preventing human trafficking. Read more about the secret heroes, the job creators.
- It started with The Pawn and now with the release of The King, The Bowers Files mystery fiction series is complete. Enjoy an interview with author Steven James.
- Last week American pastor Saeed Abedini passed the 300-day mark of his imprisonment in Iran.
- True Confessions Department: A blog post titled My Super Sinful Lifestyle may not be what you expect.
- At Stuff Christians Like, guests Steven and Shae Pepper offer Bible characters roles in the new series, Extreme Makeover: Big, Big House Edition. (I'll wager this turns up as an email forward in six months!)
- A new stock photo business is offering images with sermon themes in mind.
- Does your church sing the song Cornerstone by Hillsong? Why not mix up the lyrics a bit?
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