Linkathon! Uncategorized Add comments 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… Related 50 Responses to “Linkathon!” Michael says: June 5, 2018 at 11:19 am I’m going to run this theme for a while to see how it goes…the other one has …issues… Babylon's Dread says: June 5, 2018 at 11:29 am I hope Osteen’s budget reaches a billion … seems irrelevant as a talking point. Michael says: June 5, 2018 at 11:30 am It’s only relevant when you look at his missions and benevolence percentages… Babylon's Dread says: June 5, 2018 at 11:42 am 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. Em says: June 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm BD good perspective on osteen’s budget when taken in the context of Michael’s caution… IMHO. 😇 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? Michael says: June 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm test EricL says: June 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm Well said BD @4. Appreciate your wisdom. So thankful that His kingdom is unshakable. Dan from Georgia says: June 5, 2018 at 12:13 pm Good words BD! Em says: June 5, 2018 at 12:18 pm Amen, Ericl, amen…. to your no 7??? I dont see numbers w/ comments in this format Michael says: June 5, 2018 at 12:26 pm 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… Josh the Baptist says: June 5, 2018 at 12:59 pm We can get used to no numbers. We’ll start calling it by time. Re: Michael’s 12.36pm Michael says: June 5, 2018 at 1:05 pm 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. Em says: June 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm 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) Michael says: June 5, 2018 at 1:09 pm I need to check on Xenia…I’ve been meaning to do so and gotten sidetracked… Michael says: June 5, 2018 at 1:46 pm Great piece here from Carl Truman… https://www.whitehorseinn.org/2018/06/the-church-and-cultural-power/ Xenia says: June 5, 2018 at 2:18 pm 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. 🙂 PS We have a new puppy, Daisy. Michael says: June 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm I had just started to type…I’m glad all is well! Duane Arnold says: June 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm Xenia I want pictures! Em says: June 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm 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… 😊 Dan from Georgia says: June 5, 2018 at 2:44 pm 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. Michael says: June 5, 2018 at 2:53 pm 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… Xenia says: June 5, 2018 at 3:04 pm Here is Daisy! https://wordpress.com/post/mizmooz.wordpress.com/663 We took this a few days ago on the way home from the dog pound. She is very small and adorable. Duane Arnold says: June 5, 2018 at 3:34 pm Xenia Can’t access the photo (email please?) … Dan from Georgia says: June 5, 2018 at 4:03 pm 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. Kurt Staeuble says: June 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm Well looky here! All spruced up and looking fresh. Em says: June 5, 2018 at 4:51 pm 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? 🙂 Xenia says: June 5, 2018 at 5:05 pm Daisy is a Chihuahua! Steve says: June 5, 2018 at 5:17 pm 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. JoelG says: June 5, 2018 at 6:12 pm I like the “Big boys can cry” article. Rosie Grier agrees… https://youtu.be/Y52bs0aX6v8 EricL says: June 5, 2018 at 8:39 pm 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. Babylon's Dread says: June 5, 2018 at 8:48 pm EricL, Those guys were born in the Civil War the CC dust up won’t even move the needle. pstrmike says: June 5, 2018 at 9:54 pm 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.” dread, LoL… Linnea says: June 6, 2018 at 2:48 am 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! Martin Luther's Disciple says: June 6, 2018 at 10:50 am 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? Em says: June 6, 2018 at 11:21 am FWIW, i think Linnea’s thots at 2:48 this am answered MLD’s question at 10:50… Josh the Baptist says: June 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm MLD – Why would a young guy pay for radio time? It’s an outdated format. Martin Luther's Disciple says: June 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm 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 🙂 Dan from Georgia says: June 6, 2018 at 12:56 pm 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? Josh the Baptist says: June 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm “why would old dead guys or old nearly dead guys pay for radio?” Because their target audience is old, nearly dead. Martin Luther's Disciple says: June 6, 2018 at 1:04 pm 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. Dan from Georgia says: June 6, 2018 at 1:11 pm 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. Jim says: June 6, 2018 at 2:05 pm Being a father of a soccer mom with four kids, I think they’re awesome. 🙂 bob1 says: June 6, 2018 at 2:26 pm 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. j2theperson says: June 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm 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. Dan from Georgia says: June 6, 2018 at 3:50 pm Wasn’t AM radio back in the day primarily music? And then came along FM, which was initially album rock? Em says: June 6, 2018 at 4:24 pm 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 Dan from Georgia says: June 6, 2018 at 4:39 pm 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. Em says: June 6, 2018 at 5:46 pm Dan from GA, i don’t think my adult children can drive a car without music. something is “warped”. 😀 Dan from Georgia says: June 6, 2018 at 5:54 pm Em, sounds like me! j2theperson says: June 7, 2018 at 9:05 am Does anybody drive without turning the radio on? Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.