All the links that’s fit to print? I hope they are… the jokes certainly aren’t, but here they are anyway:
A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar: the bartender looks up and says, “What is this, a joke?”
What do you get when you cross a Buddhist and a Druid? — Someone who worships a tree that isn’t there.
A kindergarten teacher gave her class a “show and tell” assignment: each student was to bring in an object that represented their religion and show it to the class. The first kid gets up and says, “My name is Benjamin, and I am Jewish — so this is a Star of David.” The second kid gets up in front of the class and says, “My name is Mary. I’m Catholic, and this is the Crucifix.” The third kid gets up front of the class, and says, ” My name is Tommy — I’m a Baptist, and this is a casserole.”
Yeah, okay… on with the links, then. ;^)
- The unauthorized video of the Cartoon Song by Chris Rice; Bob Carlton points out that Rice’s Eulogy For A Song About Cartoons states “the song was to mock the commercial-Christian tendency to ‘make a Christian version of everything.'” I like it better now that I know.
- The Economist on The next Billy Graham: “Rick Warren has emerged as the most powerful evangelical in America.” Like it or not, them’s the facts. And of course, Warren’s getting political; whatever else you say about his forum, he’s rapidly cementing a role for himself.
- Speaking of Obama, the big news that’s out is that he’s not the antichrist (HT: Wess Daniels) No, really — Tim LaHaye & Jerry jenkins issued a statement to clarify the point. “I can see by the language he uses why people think he could be the antichrist, …but from my reading of scripture, he doesn’t meet the criteria. There is no indication in the Bible that the antichrist will be an American.” That settles it, then.
- And speaking of bad eschatology, if you’d be willing to reminisce about your experience with Hal Lindsay’s Late Great Planet Earth, share them with Associate Professor of American Studies & Literature Erin Smith for a book she’s writing about religious bestsellers and their readers in the twentieth-century U.S.
- Speaking of studies, RLP is studying Hell and soliciting opinions… but you gotta back them up, which is harder than some people realize.
- Speaking of doctrine, how about an Intro to The Creeds and the Seven Ecumenical Councils (You know, in case you were wondering.)
- Speaking of non-existent segues, Kathy Escobar has a quiz for the walking wounded, to find out how wounded you are. I think I score a 60…
- Lainie Petersen’s synchroblog entry on poverty. “The Gospel takes away our right, forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor” — Dorothy Day. Wow.
- Trevin Wax on praying with kids, using scripted prayers, repeated so they become memorized.
- Visit the best commentary site available — includes ratings and notes on forthcoming volumes. Best site I’ve yet seen for this, via Tony Stiff.
- Good article from Scot McKnight on where theology is headed… The Wright Brothers (in Christ)
- Floyd McClung on Missional Living apparently there’s an important personal aspect.
- more charismatic questions & skepticisms
- And another pastor in a web of deceit (HT: Maggi Dawn)
- Quote of the week:
But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust.
You might not guess, but this is from Martin Luther King Jr. in Letter from a Birmingham Jail, though it could have been written yesterday. (per Darryl Dash)
- Have you read about The sad life and death of Dolores Aguilar? Cold.
- Len Hjalmarson recounts some personal experience with Todd Bentley, opines on Wagner, and links to Dutch Sheets’ statement on the matter.
- Oh, and I guess this is as good a time as any to link to the Assemblies of God — Statement on Revival, from a little while back now.
- Trevin Wax summarizes Karl Barth, one of his Top 5 Christian Theologians
- Ben Witherington tackles a less theological but still quite significant subject: The Great Troubadours and their Albums — he covers some of the great songwriters.
- Totally Fake Restaurant Wins Wine Spectator Award of Excellence (HT: Lainie)
This I deny — I mean, if I really were addicted, the 1000+ unread posts in my newsreader would actually bother me.
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