It's been a while since I've done one of these. So here's a collection of quality links to take you through the weekend.
"I just had to go to church."
More on joy from Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed blog.
Do you suffer from Quiet Time Guilt? This post is for you. :-)
My wife Becky has started blogging at her MySpace page.
It's sort of a long post, but it's a good one: The Internet Monk on the inherent hardship of real ministry.
Christianity: What's the Point?
Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois has produced a series of "Christian vs. Christ-follower" ads that parody those funny Apple/PC commercials. They are quite clever and pretty well produced.
I'm no fan of Christian subcultural kitsch substituting for authentic faith, but I am really wearying of this whole "us vs. them" thing, particularly when it comes down to dividing up who really follow Jesus better. What I think these things communicate, although surely not purposefully, is "I'm the better Christ follower because I'm cooler than you." Which is just as awful as one assuming they're a better Christian because they know more stuff, listen to the right music, and have a Jesus fish on their car. It smacks of reverse Pharisaism to me, and I'm seeing lately all the stinkin' time: "I thank you, God, that I'm not like those religious people over there . . ."
When will we figure out we all need each other? That none of us can say to another, "I have no need for you"?
Finally, if you haven't seen U2 singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" (with a little help from the Pope, George Bush, Tony Blair, and Oprah), you really should.
Happy surfing! See you next week.