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Linkathon 9/30

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment
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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
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Linkathon 9/22-23, part 2

September 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Linkathon 9/22, part 1

September 21, 2010 4 comments

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.

Linkathon 9/8, part 2

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment
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Linkathon 9/8, part 1

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Darrin Patrick, in an excerpt from his new book Church Planter, says if you want to be a pastor you must have the heart of a shepherd.

Have you heard about the WTF church in Albuquerque? Michael Buckingham from Church Marketing Sucks finds out what’s going on.

David Dorr asks if persecution is really what the western church needs (HT: Zach Nielsen).

Bob Kellemen on Stephen Hawking.

RTS professor James Anderson on Hawking (RT: Carl Trueman).

Albert Mohler on Dr. Francis Collins and stem-cell research.

Ben Witherington reviews George Clooney’s new movie The American.

Sean Muldowney: “Don’t (worry about trying not to) waste your life”.

Leonce Crump on feeling disconnected from God (HT: Mark Lamprecht).

Matthew Perry on when Facebook and Twitter are gripped by the gospel (HT: Mark Lamprecht).

Paul Young challenges Mark Driscoll to a debate, as reported on Bob Hyatt’s blog.

Driscoll is interviewed by Neue magazine (HT: Robert Sagers at Trevin Wax’s blog).

Also, a HT to Sagers for the link on Andrew Peterson’s visit with Wendell Berry.

Mormon official Greg West on the Glenn Beck rally (HT: Gene Vieth, who adds some commentary of his own).

Tope Koleoso on corporate prayer.

Ed Cyzewski on hell and its impact in sharing the gospel.

Bob Spencer on preaching an MIA Jesus.

Chaplain Mike Mercer on Gene Vieth’s thought on vocation and the masks of God.

William Black on healing.

David Foster on why Christianity fails as a moral system, part 2.

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Linkathon 9/1, part 2

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment