Archive for September, 2010

Linkathon 9/30

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Trevin Wax interviews J.D. Greear about reaching Muslims for Christ.

Mike DeLong looks at denominationalism as a proposed solution for rogue preachers.

Eugene Cho: Why can’t people take President Obama at his word regarding his Christian faith?

Thabiti Anyabwile has compiled the audio from the recent 9Marks/Peacemakers Conference.

More audio, this time of Paul Tripp and Phil Johnson.

And, even more audio, from the Total Church Conference.

Bob Thune looks at the gospel and self-help.

Jonathan Dodson on the city to come in the city that is.

Nick Lannon on Michael Vick’s American redemption.

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Community, part 9/29/09

September 29, 2010 12 comments

Once upon a time, I was isolated and angry at God and the church to varying degrees.

Online Christian community helped me through a difficult period in my life.

It helped me try and jump into another community, a more traditional, offline church community, to take a risk and try to be part of a family.

Now, as I consider if I am still a fit in that community and whether or not my time there has passed (regardless of what the Reformed guys who say ‘stick with a church unless they teach heresy or start practicing evil’), I am hoping the other communities I am part of do not up and disappear entirely.

If I decide to try another church – if my current church lets me do so – I’m concerned the attempt will be as fruitless and pointless as this one seems to have been for me.

So much of the church world’s prescription for partaking in community boils down to be extroverted, push yourself, meet new people, go out and do things. That is a struggle for me. I look at it, and the culture we American Christians are part of to varying degrees, at times and it looks to me like sanctimonious, religious skubulon.

I want family, friends, faith, freedom, purpose. All of that is promised to me, you and everyone else by the Christian marketers. But so much of it seems like bait and switch, something that works only for those who are naturally gifted enough or talented enough, or can buy those things. It’s a merry go round I want to get away from desperately.

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Linkathon 9/29, part 2

September 29, 2010 1 comment

The Pew Forum: (RT a bunch of bloggers):

Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions…

More at the above link.

Part 2 and part 2.5 of a series reposted on Matt Turner’s blog by a Christian who stopped going to church.

Watch the Acts29 bootcamp live.

So why did Mars Hill Seattle go to Albuquerque?

Andrew Jones’s random thoughts and links on living with Muslims.

Jamie Munson’s four ways to destroy one’s church.

Dave Bruskas on how often one should go to church.

Blow up your favorite website, Asteroids-style.

The Blue Like Jazz movie is back in production, apparently.

I’m planning on doing Linkathons for Thursday and Friday, so keep an eye out for those…

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Linkathon 9/29, part 1

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

The Gospel Coalition released a video of Mark Driscoll, James MacDonald and Mark Dever talking about the positives and negatives of multi-site churches. After you watch the video, if you like you can read Steve McCoy’s critical response to the video.

Al Mohler on the Eddie Long scandal here and here.

Jon Acuff on how to react to church scandals.

Chaplain Mike doesn’t get why churches have to be so large.

David Fitch’s three signs “Christendom ain’t done yet” – one of which is the Harvest Crusade.

Keith Mathison’s recommended reading on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

Why Al Mohler changed his mind on female pastors, as transcribed by Trevin Wax.

David Foster on the single biggest trend overtaking the American church.

David Sessions on “Americano futbol”, the Tea Party and “white unrest”.

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Linkathon 9/22-23, part 2

September 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Presented without comment. (Image comes from Matthew Paul Turner’s blog and the HT also goes to Matt)

A couple of other items of note from Matt Turner’s blog: part 1 and part 2 of a series a television station is doing on Teen Mania!, and part 1 of a series by someone who no longer goes to church.

Mike DeLong on James White’s appearance at Calvary Santa Fe.

Brad Lomenick: It’s not about you.

Todd Rhoades on the Eddie Long scandal.

Is this how Moses actually parted the Red Sea?

Why unborn humans are as valuable as adult humans.

William Black on heaven.

An update from Matt Chandler.

The history of Mars Hill Seattle.

Chris Tomlinson on why he loved Fireproof.

Ed Stetzer on religion losing its influence.

Dan Wallace on Halloween being a missed opportunity for evangelicals.

Todd Hiestand’s 10 thoughts/suggestions on bivocational ministry.


Linkathon 9/22, part 1

September 21, 2010 4 comments

Roger Olson on the forces pulling apart evangelicals, the Reformed, and other Christians (HT: Bill Kinnon)

Al Mohler: Should Christians practice yoga?

King Solomon’s “hot” woman (totally safe for work, and for PP)

David Foster’s “dangerous people hiding in your (church) organization”

Interesting observations from Mike DeLong on Calvary Santa Fe church and a recent conference the church hosted.

Carl Trueman: Glenn Beck is part of the problem.

Michael Patton: I don’t know if I’m called to the ministry.

C.J. Mahaney and James MacDonald discuss humility.

MacDonald, Mark Driscoll and Mark Dever on the gospel in every sermon.

Would you preach for 24 hours straight to promote your book, or anything else?

Tim Schraeder: No one cares about your church nor mine.

Mark Heath’s Holy Spirit reading list.

David Hayward reflects on Reformed theology.

Gene Vieth on Luther’s “bar” tunes.

Brian Gaffney interviews Hipster Christianity author Brett McCracken.

Levi Lusko: “We killed our youth group” (HT: Zach Nielsen)

Thinking the rapture has happened when you’re alone.

A pastor is heading for Montana for three reasons: the end of a season of ministry, freedom and liberty, and the fate of America. (HT: Christian Nightmares)

Scott Williams’ 10 simple ways to get reTweeted.


Linkathon 9/15, part 1

September 14, 2010 10 comments

David Sessions reviews Brett McCracken’s Hipster Christianity.

Tim Brister reviews Darrin Patrick’s Church Planter.

Mike DeLong takes a look at podcasts: those he used to listen to, some he no longer listens to, video podcasts he’s checked out and those he currently listens to.

The new issue of Next Wave is out.

What’s next for church planting?

Sessions’ riff on why moral revival will never change the world.

Ben Witherington interviews Frank Viola.

Ordinary pastors project.

Free Kindle books!

Red flags in discipleship.