Links and Quotes of the Morning (Wed 26 March)

Bible Version Selection Tool. Compare Bible versions based on functionality: public reading, personal study, easy reading, most literal, or dynamic/functional. (More detailed options include: gender language, capitalization of God, or who did the translation – i.e. individual vs. committee, denominational vs. interdenominational, etc. [Thanks to Lingamish]

From Ancient Hebrew Poetry: Worshipping God under an Empty Sky: In the journey of Yossel as told by Emmanuel Lévinas, the path to the one God must be walked in God’s absence.

Bearing the Silence of God – Turkish Theologian Ziya Meral finds the image of God in the persecuted Church. (CT)

Where is God when millions of his children are being persecuted in the most brutal ways? Why does he keep silent in the middle of persecution but speak loudly in the middle of conferences with famous speakers and worship bands? I have prayed many times like Luther: “Bless us, Lord, even curse us! But don’t remain silent!”

. . . Yet the silence of God is not the same as the absence of God. Within those silent moments, he is present in our pain, suffering, and isolation. He is hurting with us as we are hurting like his Son. In his silence, he is speaking loudly to the world around us.

Money can buy happiness . . . if you spend it on others. (HT: Kruse)

More on the trouble at my old seminary – Shibboleth – A Tale of Two Westminsters.

Scientists search for God . . . “or, rather, for the biological reasons why so many people believe in God, gods and religion in general.” (The Economist)

Doug Pagitt reads you chapter 3 of his book A Christianity Worth Believing – From Amen to Uh Oh “This chapter becomes an important hinge in the book as it introduces the idea that our faith ought to always be changing, seeking and growing. ” (Chapters 1-3 are now available for download PDF or listening to by audio.)

Gary Dauuphin – Why I don’t like StuffWhitePeopleLike

SWPL smells like a classic racial con-job.
. . . SWPL’s innovation on Hot Ghetto Mess is a classic blue-eyed soul (white) power move: take a colored discourse, eliminate the messy colored bits, and watch the hits roll in. . . Nothing gets under my (colored, nearly-middle-aged) skin like the spectacle of a twentysomething white kid doing what twentysomething white kids do all the time, namely, play on some or another aspect of their race for smug fun and profit.

. . . Ultimately, Lander’s site echoes an exchange that writer Greg Tate recounts in his recent anthology Everything But the Burden, where a family member observes that in a world of wiggers, Eminem and Bill Clinton being called the first black president, white people are taking “everything but the burden” from black culture.

One thought on “Links and Quotes of the Morning (Wed 26 March)

  1. Lingamish says:

    Lotsa good stuff here. Thanks.

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