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Linkathon 7/7

I’d like to introduce a new blog to you – Half A Bridge from Mike DeLong. Mike blogs about faith, religion, culture and politics; topics he’s writing about include his experiences as a student at Liberty University and about atheist author Gina Welch.

Skye Jethani on Apple as a religion and religion as a brand.

Greg Laurie: Christians and non-Christians both are “just no good at evangelicalism” (HT: Todd Rhoades).

A few items from the latest IXMarks Journal: Deepak Reju on discipling men versus discipling women; Jonathan Leeman on why complementarianism is crucial to discipleship; and C.J. Mahaney interviews Greg Gilbert about his new book What Is The Gospel?.

Michael Newnham reviews Rob Moll’s The Art of Dying.

Albert Mohler looks back on his radio program.

Mark Driscoll’s seven counterfeits of repentance.

Michael Patton on misfits in the church; the silence of God; and Christian conduct online.

A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God is this month’s free download from christianaudio.com.

Mike Foster asks what causes us to be jerks.

David Hayward on Charles Darwin.

Ed Cyzewski: Ministry means getting your hands dirty.

Kathy Escobar on drinking the company kool-aid in the church.

Chaplain Mike Mercer on Genesis and his post-evangelical wilderness.

Michael Spencer’s Soli Deo talks.

Doug Phillips on Ephesians 4:29 in the age of Facebook.

Steven Furtick on why Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the worst verses in the Bible.

William Black says mandated tithing is heresy (HT: Bill Kinnon from Google Reader)

What J.D. Greear learned about evangelicalism from the Catholics and liberals.

Dan Phillips says don’t waste your feeling really yucky.

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  1. Captain Kevin
    July 7, 2010 at 2:45 am

    FIRST!!

    Thanks BrianD. Much to ponder, as usual.

  2. July 7, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Hey thanks for the link!!! Good collection btw.

  3. July 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Thanks so much for including my post in your list.
    Blessings!

  4. BrianD
    July 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Kevin, take your time 🙂

    David and Ed, thank you!

  5. Em
    July 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    been thinking about evangelism (witnessing) – yesterday i posted a quote from an old book – “Christ of the Indian Road” (as in ‘inja,’ not Navajo)
    E Stanley Jones found that the people of that country could and would out-philosophize and out-think him, but what they told him was that they wanted to see Jesus lived out… my experience over a life-time has been that we’ve been given precious little Jesus and a whole lot of spiritual ‘candy’ so that we’ll come back again next week… and ‘grow in Christ’ as we do so.
    that may be alright … maybe all we”ll accept is jello and broth (milk?) and some ‘you should’s or shouldn’ts 😉
    maybe most Christians haven’t a clue as to how or don’t want to grow strong in the Word’s nurture and admonition, itself
    maybe we are phasing out, rather than rapturing out? dunno … just pondering a bit

  6. Buster
    July 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    So what kind of evangelism training is Laurie offering nowadays?

  7. BrianD
    July 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    No idea, Buster…

  8. BrianD
    July 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    We like our candy, don’t we, Em?

    So easy to get used to the faux Starbucks coffee bars and free wi-fi and anything else you can set up to create a Christian parallel universe…and lose your focus on Jesus and His mission in the process.

    “maybe most Christians haven’t a clue as to how or don’t want to grow strong in the Word’s nurture and admonition, itself”

    Possibly…very possible…but God always takes care of HIs own. It may not happen within the institution of the organized church, they may have to get such information themselves…but people are resilient in finding ways to “feed” themselves…

  9. Buster
    July 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    That really is a suspicious survey cited in Escobar’s article. I’d like to hear what some of the ladies here think about the responses, and how they’d respond. Maybe she’s right about evangelicals “drinking the kool-aid,” or giving responses that they’d like to be true…

  10. BrianD
    July 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Suspicious because of the percentages, suspicious because of whom the Barna Group (which did the survey refered to in the Escobar article) may have spoken to, or over something else?

  11. Buster
    July 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    The percentages don’t seem accurate to me. Usually Barna does a better job at phrasing the questions so they can get to the heart of the matter, but maybe that’s the point: the responses are so far off, it’s indicative of a culture of denial of reality…

  12. BrianD
    July 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I wonder whom they spoke to. Escobar’s audience is egalitarian, and I assume the stream that Henderson ministers to is somewhat egalitarian as well. The survey doesn’t totally indicate the breakdown of those surveyed (complementarian or egalitarian) because either camp could answer most of those questions in the affirmative.

  13. Em
    July 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    i scanned Escobar’s article from a somewhat detached view because i am beyond (in years anyway) its relevance – it’s refreshing to me to see independent (from man, not from the Lord) thinking about walking the walk – but,(& it’s been said before, i don’t like the term equality applied – it broad brushes the issue IMO
    if we could just look at the Body as a team and honestly ask: “Who can do this job best? You or me? Him or her?” and take the equality thing off the table completely.
    These days i think, dunno, that any woman worth her salt is not going to play mindless, subservient very long. When we try, we do really ugly, destructive things behind the scenes – like that alcoholic she mentioned – we’re a clever, bunch – it’s a survival skill God gave us, but gone awry.
    FWIW, few are old enough now to really see how life changed for women when birth control became so efficient. it had a much bigger impact on women’s lives than the evils of the abortion issue.
    i promise to not pontificate anymore … today, at least … 😆

  14. July 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    That seems like another area where Evangelical churches are behind the times. We’ve moved beyond women exclusively serving in the church kitchen or the children’s ministry, but I think it’s still pretty rare to to see single women leading ministry efforts, for example.

    It’s more apparent to me in my current work environment. Very traditional, conservative and male-centric. Very few women (or minorities) in leadership positions. Just four years ago I was doing work at a big company that was 65-75% female, including management. Sometime I feel bad for how women are treated at this place. It’s subtle, but I can pick up on it. Economic pressures will eventually force them to change. Same goes for churches.

  15. ( | o )====:::
    July 7, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    “Genesis and My Post-Evangelical Wilderness”
    is brilliant! I know a lot of folks who just want to love Jesus and be done with the litmus tests for evangelicalism.

    ( | o )====:::

  16. July 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks, G, that was a good one. I had overlooked it.

    Last year I got invited to a men’s midweek video series on “having a biblical worldview.” I stayed through the whole thing just for the fellowship, but it was just like the article described. All the attendees wanted was to get good material for arguing with outsiders.

    Life’s too short for that stuff…

    But I would like to know what the next “evangelical fad-fight” will be. If I could hit the market with a book at the right time… :mrgreen:

  17. bookofesther
    July 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    71% say fear is not something they experience ever or often in their life?????

    Really? 71% of the women say fear in not something they experience ever or often in their lives? I don’t know these women. My friends and I are always feeling the need to remind each that perfect love casts out fear, that courage is just fear that has said it’s prayers, and we cannot give in to the fear in our heads and hearts.

    Do these women not have teenagers with drivers permits? Have they not had sick or injured kids, tried to calculate what the hospital bill will be, or read through a junior high biology text book? Have these women not faced fear over financial, health, or relationship circumstance they can’t control? Have they not waited by the phone to hear test results from the doctor, for themselves or their loved ones? Have they not seen kids head out for camp, a date, college or war? Have they not held their breath and prayed through the fear while a parent or in-law went through a procedure? Have they not faced days with tests, job interviews, or moving trucks? Have they never written a blog post that they are pretty sure will be unpopular with at least a few? Have they never been in charge of a field trip, slumber party, sick pet, or important ministry?
    My friends and I face fear every day. Hopefully we face the fear with courage, and we use it as an opportunity to grow in our faith. Our faith is often stretched by our fears. Is it really okay to let my kid ski race, learn to ride a dirt bike or horse, play football, go to that high school, try out a new youth group?
    In choosing to act in spite of my fear I learn to trust God and others, I am reminded that I am not in control anyways and that very often I must let go.
    In facing my fears I learn that the worst is not usually as bad as I imagined it would be, that nothing touches me that hasn’t passed through the hand of God, and that though life is full of danger and struggles and hurt and pain it is also full of beauty and joy and hope and wonder.

    Who are those women who do not experience fear? They are missing out on life!

  18. July 7, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    That’s great Esther! Might make a good book… 🙂

    But would it get prominent placement in the Christian bookstores? I don’t think it fits with the popular Kool-Aid “victorious living”/happy/fearless/perfect hair books being pushed on the Christian talk shows.

  19. Anonymous
    July 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I’ve actually toyed around with writing a book with the title “don’t drink the purple punch”, but it hadn’t occurred to me that women where either this dishonest or this medicated.

    As for where it would fit on a book shelf in a bookstore – well – I think I already blew my chance for that one. Oh well. Most of the Christian “bookstores” in my area mostly carry cute coffee cups and stationary anyways.

  20. July 7, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Wait – how did I erase my identity? At one point I was thinking I would prefer to stay anon – but it’s kinda late for that now.

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