Jun 052018

Big boys can cry…

What the SBC needs right now…

What’s going on at Patheos?

Reclaiming the center of evangelicalism…

A look at the bakers Supreme Court victory…

The church must do more than get the Gospel right…

Why believers should consider advanced directives…

Sin is like walking in front of a bus…

Joel Osteen’s church has 90 million dollar budget…

How the American Bible Society became evangelical…

On the deepening loss of religious freedom and our response…

Our scars and His…

What kind of God washes filthy feet?

God’s ugly, ordinary, church…

The ruling was not a victory for religious liberty…

The difference between loving Gods blessings and loving God…

A compelling case for less in the age of more…

If only I could have seen the shore…

Trumps rotten fruit and my own…

Thanks as always to Eric L for the link help..support him at top right…


  50 Responses to “Linkathon!”

  1. I’m going to run this theme for a while to see how it goes…the other one has …issues…

  2. I hope Osteen’s budget reaches a billion … seems irrelevant as a talking point.

  3. It’s only relevant when you look at his missions and benevolence percentages…

  4. Public repentance and repackaging is everywhere. Wells Fargo is advertising their ‘reestablishment,’ Facebook is repenting of their information mishandling, Uber is ‘listening’ to their customers and evangelicals are trying to scrape together some semblance of our shattered glass house.

    We are living in toxic times. Everyone is playing gotcha! It is as if the spirit of Fundamentalism has possessed the whole culture on the basis of other values.

    We keep talking about the church being in trouble… the whole culture is in upheaval and everything is up for grabs. The short term winners are sure to be long-term losers. Guard your hearts people don’t give them to the wind and waves.

    Let every shakable thing be gone. We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.

  5. BD good perspective on osteen’s budget when taken in the context of Michael’s caution… IMHO. πŸ˜‡
    I know nothing of osteen’s private life, or even of his ministry, but it is sad when a pastor justifies living high off the hog as “providing for his family.” But we don’t always know what we think we do… I once knew a pastor who received the gift of a new Buick every few years from one of his flock who owned a car dealership.
    The old admonition to separate wants from needs should apply to all Christians. Yet I guess years ago we needed our little sailboat as i never “felt” guilty for the vacations we took in it. My late husband’s work was high stress and when you leave the dock you leave the real world for a time.. hmmm… Maybe i’ll have to explain that to God… dunno
    Common sense has a place in the Christian life, does it not?

  6. Well said BD @4. Appreciate your wisdom. So thankful that His kingdom is unshakable.

  7. Good words BD!

  8. Amen, Ericl, amen…. to your no 7??? I dont see numbers w/ comments in this format

  9. Sigh..

    I like numbers too, but most themes no longer have them…because this kind of blogging is way out of fashion.
    I traded some speed and functionality for numbers…but I’m not done looking for good solutions.
    The technology behind these sites has passed me by…

  10. We can get used to no numbers. We’ll start calling it by time. Re: Michael’s 12.36pm

  11. Josh,

    Good call…
    I forgot how much that one feature means…we had a big issue about it 12 or 13 years ago when our theme at the time was discontinued.

  12. Michael, without the numbers perhaps we can use use name and time stamp for reference?
    This isn’t a bad format from where i sit. 😳

    This kind of blogging is what makes the PhxP IMNSHO
    but then your commenters are a breed apart also, i think. Where have all the wise ladies gone, btw – Xenia, London, J2…. ?….(maybe now we know who really does the yard work. LOL)

  13. I need to check on Xenia…I’ve been meaning to do so and gotten sidetracked…

  14. I’m still alive! I was on vacation for a while and Em is right- I’ve been doing a lot of gardening.

    All’s well. πŸ™‚

    PS We have a new puppy, Daisy.

  15. I had just started to type…I’m glad all is well!

  16. Xenia

    I want pictures!

  17. Michael’s link @ 1:46
    yes, it IS a good read – thank you – and a good reminder of just what really is “Church business.” Having lived thru 2/3 of the 20th century i’ve seen the attitude change take place in our society and there is no reason to think it will stop… except one thing that each generation in this nation is good at is spotting the stupidity of their parents… Pray God make them wise… Pray for a miracle… 😊

  18. I like the blue format on my iPhone of this site btw..,my favorite color!! I think we can all get used to referring to someone’s comment by the time they posted as Josh suggested.

  19. Dan,

    I’m glad it’s working for you.
    As I tried to find a replacement for our last theme I discovered that I know longer had any idea what I was doing, so the process has been less than I desired.
    The interesting thing is that the use of blogs to facilitate discussion and community is now a thing of the past…

  20. Here is Daisy!


    We took this a few days ago on the way home from the dog pound.

    She is very small and adorable.

  21. Xenia

    Can’t access the photo (email please?) …

  22. Michael. I still peruse blogs and make comments here and there. twitter for the most part is a dumpster fire and the I primarily look at twitter accounts of my favorite musicians to see what they are up to and if/when they are putting out new music. I do sense community here for the most part, but many blogs, like you said, have become nothing but one person shouting past another.

  23. Well looky here! All spruced up and looking fresh.

  24. wanted to look at Daisy, but the link tells me that i don’t have a WordPress sight… what would i do with one?
    i’ll bet Daisy is a little shaggy dog? πŸ™‚

  25. Daisy is a Chihuahua!

  26. Josh @12:59pm. I like it a lot! Also for Michael’s consideration, I think there is probably a way to easily hyperlink to individual comments but that probably will take some research on how to do it.

  27. I like the β€œBig boys can cry” article.

    Rosie Grier agrees…


  28. I wonder what Greg Laurie’s thinking about all this upheaval among his new brethren, the SBC. The fighting over there makes the Calvary Chapel squabbles look like toddler tantrums.

  29. EricL,

    Those guys were born in the Civil War the CC dust up won’t even move the needle.

  30. EricL,
    As one who was once SBC and am considering returning, the SBC’s polity is one that allows for various opinions and at times those discussions can get heated. At least they can have those type of discussions without being told, if you don’t like it, “don’t go away mad, just go away.”


  31. BD @ 11:42am… thank you for the encouragement!

    Michael, I was surprised to see the new format since I hadn’t checked in for a few weeks. I like it!

    The culture is boiling down issues and thoughts into pithy phrases that fail to express any depth of reasoning. It’s a good thing the Bible isn’t written in 140 or 280 character length sound bites!

    Long live the blog!

  32. Baba @ 8:48pm yesterday mentioned born out of the Civil War. That is funny, but here is another. I flipped on the local Christian radio and it looks like their lineup is from days of yore.
    Chales Stanley, Chuck Swidoll, Greg Laurie, Chuck Smith, J Vernon McGee.
    Is there no Youngblood in evangelical radio?

  33. FWIW, i think Linnea’s thots at 2:48 this am answered MLD’s question at 10:50…

  34. MLD – Why would a young guy pay for radio time? It’s an outdated format.

  35. Josh, why would old dead guys or old nearly dead guys pay for radio?

    I hadn’t listened for years and not since I moved to AZ. I just thought it was funny that it is the exact same lineup since 1981 when the Christians bought KBRITE (KBRT) from the Mormons.

    I think those guys have been on longer than the Simpson’s πŸ™‚

  36. What is this radio you speak of?

    I recently heard that K-Love, I think, purchased a big-time rock radio station in Chicago.

    I echo Josh and Warren Throckm(can’t spell the rest of his name) in asking the question…why?

    Who listens to Christian radio besides stay-at-home soccer moms?

    Is this K-Love’s attempt to use the latest and greatest tech to reach people for the gospel-lite?

  37. “why would old dead guys or old nearly dead guys pay for radio?”

    Because their target audience is old, nearly dead.

  38. Dan, just because I don’t know and I am an old guy – when you say “Who listens to Christian radio besides stay-at-home soccer moms?” – does that apply to such genres as Sports Talk radio etc, that no one listens? I see where Sirius XM seems to be doing pretty good.

  39. MLD,

    Ha! I don’t think I would mistake you for a soccer mom…hehehehe

    CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) radio only. I listen to Sirius XM occasionally when I get a free listening here or there, especially on road trip…but I don’t listen to the CCM Satellite radio stations because they are carbon copies of K-Love, etc. Usually i tune into either Jazz, Sports Talk (like you do), or electronica.

  40. Being a father of a soccer mom with four kids, I think they’re awesome. πŸ™‚

  41. AM radio is a joke. It’s in a death spiral. Unless you’re an old white male who can’t get enough of conspiracy theories, right wing lunatics, etc.

    But it’s this same demographic that listens to radio preachers.

    I have a couple kids in their late 20s. I like radio. But once I asked them if they ever listen to AM radio. They
    looked at me like I had lobsters coming out of my ears.

    FM, that’s a different story. If there’s good music, they’ll listen.

  42. I’m still here, Em. But, it’s (un?)surprising how little free time one has when you have a 6 year old and a 16 month old. I try to be at least a vaguely present parent and not dink around on my phone too much when I’m watching them. Plus I also work 18 hours a week.

  43. Wasn’t AM radio back in the day primarily music? And then came along FM, which was initially album rock?

  44. Back in the day…😁. (my day)
    AM radio was almost everything we now get on TV …. Theater of the mind – The Green Hornet, The Mysterious Traveler, The Fat Man, George and Gracie, Carson’s Cellar etc. My mother used to tell me that i was going to warp my mind LOL… Probably did

  45. Em, for me “back in the day,,radio…” means the 70s. I think that is when FM/album rock radio exploded…hence the film “FM” which was advertised ad nauseum when I was a puffy kid.

  46. Dan from GA, i don’t think my adult children can drive a car without music.
    something is “warped”. πŸ˜€

  47. Em, sounds like me!

  48. Does anybody drive without turning the radio on?

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