evangelical_cover.jpg Here’s an image for the uncertain future of evangelicalism. But we always start with humour first.

  • A man goes to see his doctor. “Doc,” he says, “my arm hurts real bad. Can you check it out please?” The doctor rolls up the man’s sleeve and suddenly hears the arm talk. “Hello, Doctor,” says the arm. “Could you lend me twenty bucks? I’m desperate!” “Aha!” says the doctor, sitting back in his chair. ”I see the problem. Your arm is broke!”
  • A man tells his doctor that he isn’t able to do all the things around the house that he used to do. After a complete examination, he says, “Doc, I can take it. Tell me in plain English what is wrong with me.” “Well, in plain English,” the doctor replies, “you’re just lazy.” “Okay,” says the man, “now give me the medical term so I can tell my wife.”
  • A blonde goes into an appliance store and finds a real bargain. “I would like to buy this TV,” she tells the salesman. “Sorry, we don’t sell to blondes,” says the salesman. She hurries home and dyes her hair, then comes back and again tells the salesman, “I would like to buy this TV.” “Sorry, we don’t sell to blondes,” he replies. “Darn, he recognized me,” she thinks, and goes out for a complete disguise this time: haircut and new color, new outfit, big sunglasses, then waited a couple of days before she again approaches the salesman. “I would like to buy this TV,” she says again. “Sorry, we don’t sell to blondes,” replies the salesman. Frustrated, she asks, “How do you know I’m a blonde?” “Because that’s a microwave,” he says.
  • An airline captain was helping a new blonde flight attendant prepare for her first overnight trip. Upon their arrival, the captain showed the flight attendant the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop, and stay overnight. The next morning as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day’s route, he noticed the new stewardess was missing. He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up to ask what happened to her. She answered the phone, crying, and said, “I can’t get out of the room!” “You can’t get out of your room?”; the captain asked. “Why not?” She replied, “There are only three doors in here,” she sobbed, “one is the bathroom, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it that says ‘Do Not Disturb’!”
  • Q: How many blonde jokes are there? A: One. The rest are all true stories.

Alright, with apologies to any blondes not still scratching their heads, off we go to the weekly linkage.

  1. iMonk posted a classic spoof for youth pastors
  2. Oh my stars. The next U2 album is inspired by Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme
  3. The Myth of the Institution-less Church: “any institution that people form in order to deliver good practice will always wrestle with it becoming so bureaucratic and concerned for itself that it undermines the very thing it seeks to deliver in the first place.” otoh, “What we need is not the absence of institutions, but an articulate institutional imagination, something more than the incapacity of being ‘anti-institutional’.”
  4. Missional Hermeneutics – A bibliography (Brian Russell)
  5. Roy Williams: Fear Is Contagious
  6. Len Hjalmarson quotes James Davison Hunter: “the key actor in history is not individual genius but rather the network, and the new institutions that are created out of those networks. This is where the stuff of culture and cultural change is produced.”
  7. Bob Hyatt quotes Will Willimon: “The gospel is not simply about meeting people’s needs. The gospel is also a critique of our needs, an attempt to give us needs worth having.” (from Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry)
  8. Julie Clawson considers Emerging Parenting in response to that question: “what about the kids?”
  9. As Robin Dugall put it, “from the ‘well, duh’ file” — this BBC article, “an obsession with boosting children’s self-esteem was encouraging a narcissistic generation who focused on themselves and felt ‘entitled’.”
  10. Raffi Shahinian posts his notes from a couple of talks by N.T. Wright — and he posts the audio as well. I love his note-taking style. (HT: JR Woodward)
  11. Jordon Cooper points out One Good Example, One Bad Example with links and a great image — on looking for lessons about the current economic, …uh, …situation.
  12. Desert Pastor asks a tough question: Would Your Church Leave a Hole in the Community?
  13. The Secret of Kells, a new animated feature (see also: The Blog of Kells; via Mark Berry)
  14. A book made up entirely from a Twitter archive
  15. Missional vs Institutional — sad but funny short video clip
  16. Zodiac Christ? (via Matt Stone)
  17. Comics for writers: Quigley vows to finish his novel…
  18. Why oh why does stuff like this never happen in my neck of the woods?
  19. Floor Plans of Sit-Com Houses
  20. All things Latin online — quotes, mottos, sayings
  21. Report: Majority Of Americans Unprepared For Apocalypse
  22. GENERATE Magazine launches, seeks submissions, announces Emerging conference live edition
  23. Sally Coleman retells the story of the woman at the well in Samaria, from her point of view. Definitely worth reading, may change an opinion.
  24. Oh yeah, CNN says America becoming less Christian, survey finds
  25. Mark Berry gives an overview of the current issue of Christianity magazine on the emerging church, which Scot McKnight says is Prophetic, Post-modern, Praxis-orientated, Post-evangelical, and Political. Works for me.
  26. An older piece: The Making of the ChristianRichard J. Foster and Dallas Willard on the difference between discipleship and spiritual formation.
  27. A David Hayward comic — well done.
  28. Matt Stone compiles a list of Missional Books
  29. Other “mergents” (via Mike Clawson)

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