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Wednesday Links for 1/26/11 January 26, 2011

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Revealing: Rachel Held Evans compares the recent attempt to “sanitize” Huck Finn with her own discomfort over the more troubling parts of the Bible and desire to not deal with them, a tendency I share (Rachel Held Evans)

Awkward: The pre-emptive meet-and-greet at church. The only thing more awkward is the actual meet-and-greet when you don’t know anyone there and they all know each other (Stuff Christians Like).

Radical: A new way to pray – That’s very, very old.  The editors of a revised Book of Common Prayer on why community worship and liturgical prayer are not out-dated but as important as every (Relevant).

Shocking But Not Surprising: Gallup poll finds that among all faiths the more religious are happier than the less observant, and that highly religious Jews are happiest of all. That’s not the shocking part – Protestant Christians across the board show the least amount of happiness and feeling of well being of any faith (or lack of, in the case of atheists). Something is very wrong (Gallup).

Hopeful: Is evangelical Christianity about to experience a great big, gay revival? The winds of change seem to be coming (Sojourner’s blog)

Wednesday Links – 1/19/11 January 19, 2011

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At least, I think it’s Wednesday. Weeks that start with a holiday Monday always throw me into confusion about what day of the week it actually is. To me Mondays are days I have to go back towork. If I don’t have to work, then it’s not a Monday. Anyways….

Humbling: Following brutal attacks on a Christian church in Egypt on New Year’s Eve that killed 23 worshipers, moderate Muslims offered themselves as human shields to protect Coptic Christians at their Christmas Eve services. How many American Christians would do that for Muslims if roles were reversed, I wonder (Veterans Today)

Challenging: One pastor speaks up about how his church rejected the American dream and the trendy mega-church, bigger is better model to serve the poor in a radical way (CNN.com Belief Blog).

Convicting: The difference between an attempt at salvation through self-justification and God’s way of salvation where the only “self” is in “self-renunciation” (A Time to Think).

Inspiring: While not strictly a faith issue, I love Gretchen Rubin’s idea of choosing a word you want to define your year instead of traditional New Year’s resolutions. I think I’m going with “dare”, because fear keeps me from so many things and I want to dare to trust God completely, to share my faith, and to follow his dream for my life when it seems the most risky (The Happiness Project).

Advice I Wish We’d Had 7 Years Ago: Wise words on student loan debt and getting out of college with the minimum amount  possible. Sometimes it’s a necessary evil, but it’s still evil and important to gauge how much debt is really worth that degree (Christian Personal Finance).

Around the Internet: Links 7/29/10 July 29, 2010

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Sorry, boys and girls, but this is a slightly cranky edition of  your links for today. There’s just so much stupid out there sometimes…

Rage-inducing: The Modesty Survey asks a bunch of teenage Christian boys how they think girls should dress to keep the boys from sinning when they look at them. It asks takers to rate their level of agreement on statements such as “It is a stumbling block to see a girl lying down, even if she’s just hanging out on the floor or on a couch with her friends” and “Wearing a very low shirt (e.g. a shirt with a neckline that reaches the belly button) is a stumbling block, even if a modest shirt is worn underneath.” Of course only girls need to worry about modesty, and it’s your responsibility to never do anything that might make a guy think about sex. The poor dears can’t control themselves and your body is just so very dangerous. Taking a survey that asks teenage boys if they sin when they see a girl’s belly or bra straps or thong is only going to ensure one thing – that they spend a lot of time thinking about girls bellies, bra straps, and thongs!

Convicting: Okay I’ll admit I’m not Mark Driscoll’s biggest fan, but this post on repentance and all things that look like repentance but aren’t really tells it like it is. (The Resurgence)

Sickening: Up to 2,000 schoolgirls living in the UK will undergo female genital mutilation over the summer break – some will be taken abroad and some will have it performed in the country. One girl literally went from reading Harry Potter to having her clitoris cut off with a razor blade in the space of an afternoon. Her mother paid extra for the woman who did it to use a clean one. Although the practice is illegal in Britain, there have been no prosecutions recorded. (Please note that while this practice has become associated with Islam in many places where it is practiced, it pre-dates Islam by many centuries and is not supported by any Islamic law)

Frustrating: A protest is being planned for September 11th to attempt to prevent the building of a mosque and Islamic community center 2 blocks from Ground Zero. Apparently we are unfamiliar with the First Amendment? At least one prominant Evangelical pastor is speaking some sense about the issue.  In addition, with the month of Ramadan drawing near, New York City is providing extra security for mosques for fear of attacks on them. Which is ironic and sad.

Profound: A reflection on the more-obscure, shortened version of the Lord’s Prayer found in Luke. I found this very thought-provoking and touchingly simple.

Around the Internet: Links 7/20/10 July 20, 2010

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Encouraging: Paul tells us that the Spirit will give us discernment in matters of sin and purity, rather than giving us too many specific directions. Part of a longer series of posts on discernment, all inspiring and challenging. (Jesus, the Radical Pastor)

Polarizing: Amy Courts digs into the Christian phenomenon of attempting to keep people accountable whom you don’t even know, and how the internet has facilitated this false sense of intimacy. Is it ever called for for a Christian to attempt to rebuke or “convict” a stranger in any context? (Amy Courts)

Fun: Jars of Clay has a new single and you can download it for free! “Out of My Hands” is the first single off of their forthcoming new album. I’m so excited! (Jars of Clay)

Convicting: Steven Furtick on trusting God with the future instead of clinging to the future that might have been. (Steven Furtick)

Controversial: Syria joins many European nations in banning certain kinds of Islamic dress for women, in this case banning burkas and niqabs in universities. Is telling a woman she can’t dress a certain way because that way oppresses women any better than telling her she has to dress a certain way because anything else is immodest? (Daily Mail).

Around the Internet: Links 6/16/10 June 16, 2010

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Heartbreaking: Widespread sex-trafficking during the World Cup. South Africa is one of the worst nations for the trafficking of women and children in sexual slavery (Emerging Women).

Challenging: A call for Christians to be willing to die for Christ, literally and figuratively. Suffering doesn’t seem to be a popular topic these days – good to see someone talking about it (The Resurgence).

Funny But True: On having unrealistic expectations for your church’s technical crew. Who do you think they are? Steve Jobs? (Stuff Christians Like).

Instructive: How to listen to a sermon. Advice from 18th Century preacher George Whitefield (Mars Hill Blog).

I Have No Comment: A giant statue of Jesus in Ohio is struck by lightening and destroyed. All that is left is the internal frame, which now looks very much like a giant spider (CNN Religion Blog).

Around the Internet: Links of Interest June 14, 2010

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Appalling: Article on the surprisingly widespread practice of gay exorcism in pentecostal/evangelical churches. I’m not sure which is more frightening – the prospect of this being done to gay youth or the fact that several of the churches I attended as a child probably would have tried this on me had I turned out to be batting for the other team (Details magazine).

Debatable: The demise of the TNIV Bible translation and the kerfuffle over the use of gender neutral language (Tony Jones)

Thought-provoking: What do questions mean for faith? A topic I am extremely devoted to. (Randy Elrod)

Touching: How do we represent God? Can we ever get it right, and what does God think when we get it wrong? (Shaun Groves)

Tragic: Child-soldiers in Somalia, used not by terrorist but by the legitimate government the U.S. supports politically and financially. The worst part is that compared to the life they can expect as civilians, many of them are better off in the military (NY Times).