On to the links...
- Ever looked at that couple coming down the aisle and wondered if their marriage will make it? Great article from Time Magazine. HT: Kruse.
- I enjoy reading Tony Morgan, but posts like these make me wonder, "What's the difference between the Church and a business?"
- Good quote from the Sarcastic Lutheran. (HT: Jake)
“As a Lutheran, I fully reject the gospel of prosperity, primarily on the grounds that I’m pretty sure it makes Jesus throw up in his mouth a little bit every time he thinks of it.”
- Out of Ur does it again with another solid story. Here's the lead-in...
"there are many local congregations nationwide that are not clinging to a sinking institution, are not confronted with a thoroughly postmodern youth culture, and are not terribly concerned with relevance (as such). They are, nevertheless, participating in great advances for the kingdom of God."
- Maybe the best read of the week was a post about the Sunday Morning after the service Handshake Ritual.
- Tall Skinny Kiwi has a discussion going on about contextualization with some of the reformers. I have to agree with Marko, this is probably TSK's best post in a while.
- Anybody read Jesus for President? I have to admit that reading some of these things from Claiborne, makes me uncomfortable in a way that some parts of the Sermon on the Mount make me uncomfortable. Check out my post on the Pacifism, Politics and Prayer, and let me know what you think.
- In many ways this post from Piper sums up the whole liberal vs. conservative mess for me. Truth and Compassion. It really is a possibility, but it will probably get you crucified.
- More justification for all of the time I am spending/wasting on blogging.
- As with all Kruse posts, I'm not sure I understood it all, but the parts I did get were hilarious.
- Powerful stuff. This IS living the Sermon on the Mount.
- Anybody tried out SketchKast?
- And finally a quote from Mr. Microsoft himself reminding me that the Church makes for a very poor business...
"Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning." -- Bill Gates.