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Linkathon 8/4

Rick Warren speaks with the Pew Forum (HT: Chuck Warnock).

Rachel Held Evans offers a truce with Ken Ham.

Why Brian McLaren supports the Ground Zero mosque.

McLaren on the future of Christianity.

Mike DeLong on Jerry Falwell’s views of limited atonement.

Bryon Mondok on Anne Rice.

John Piper answers what you guys have always wondered: can you listen to Beth Moore and not sin?

Patheos blog is posting a series of essays on the future of evangelicalism (HT: Kevin DeYoung).

Marvin Olasky interviews N.T. Wright (HT: James Grant).

Things Jason Clark learned about life from his dog Charlie.

Pastors…look to Kerry Shook for your next sermon inspiration 😉

Tim Challies reviews John Stott’s The Radical Disciple.

Jim Wallis and Mark Dever debate over social justice (HT: Denny Burk).

The top five books every young influencer should read.

Bobby Ross Jr. from Get Religion blog on sex offenders and church.

Three arguments Perry Noble believes sound spiritual but actually are stupid.

Finally, if you ever wanted to hear Tim LaHaye/Hal Lindsey theology put into song, here’s your chance….as sung by an older white guy with a keyboard 😉

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  1. August 4, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I haven’t had much time to devote to the “Ground Zero Mosque” issue; the first story I heard about it already sounded like it had been sound-bited (soundbitten?) to death.

    I honestly couldn’t tell you the difference between a mosque, an Islamic studies center, an Islamic community center, and an “Islamic Y.” And it’s pretty clear to me that if the new building is replacing a disused Burlington Coat Factory store it isn’t actually on the former World Trade Center site.

    Here are a couple of articles: the Jewish Anti-Defamation League took a position against the new building, whatever it is.

    Key Jewish Group Rejects Ground Zero Mosque (Associated Press)
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128882354

    Mosque Debate Expected To Leave Scars
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/08/03/128955919/islamic-community-center-debate-will-leave-scars-adl-president-tells-npr

    The latter article compares the current situation to a former proposed Carmelite convent near Auschwitz. I really have no idea how close the comparison really is, but it’s helpful: the ADL representative says basically that modern people are moderate people and are sensitive to other people’s or group’s feelings.

    It’s a tough issue: I don’t honestly think that having the building somewhere else will deal with more important issues surrounding rank-and-file Muslims in America, so I suspect this is just another hot-button issue to fill airtime.

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