Week in Links: July 13, 2011

I neglected to get my week in links up on Saturday, so today is the day!

A Leap of Truth: The Book of Genesis

This is a dynamic conversation between scientists and theologians on the nature of Genesis. The discussion takes place between people like:

  • Dr. Alister McGrath
  • Dr. John Polkinghorne
  • Dr. John Walton
  • Dr. Nancey Murphy
  • Dr. Peter Ens
  • Dr. N.T. Wright
  • Dr. Chris Tilling

10 Reasons I’m Cancelling My Credit Cards

From Smartmoney.com, an author describes why he is going cash only and how to get around issues with hotels and places that do not accept cash anymore. Insightful article.

 Obituary for the American Church

Mike Breen looks at the temptations of Jesus by Satan to see how, if our enemy gets his way, the American church could be taken out. It would be taken out by:

  •  A culture of CELEBRITY (affirmation)
  • A culture of CONSUMERISM (appetite)
  • A culture of COMPETITION (ambition)

Regenerative medicine’s promising future

Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, spoke at the TED2011 conference in March. He posed these questions:

Is it possible for humans to regenerate a damaged body part the way starfish and salamanders can? Will doctors one day be able to replace cancer-ridden organs with healthy ones engineered in a lab? Will lengthy waiting times for organ transplants eventually become a thing of the past?

He will settle you

Everyone has to go through their own personal hell and the worst thing about it is that nobody can go with you. He lets this happen by using here-and-now things and circumstances. Nobody will understand you. Nobody will know what to say to you. Nobody will want to be around you. Nothing is without purpose.

 How to Search Engine Optimize Your Links, URLs

Tentblogger takes a look at link strategies to help get you the best search engine position possible. Some real gems in here.

Stories Create a Symphony of Life. A great quote from Sharon Lippincott and her Fireflies and the Power of Story:

I think of our stories as dots of light, building bridges between people. They create a web of links between us wherever we are, and that web will grow larger as they shine forth to others. Each time we share stories, we create a symphony of life, with each story carrying part of the tune. I hear everything, from lullabies, to stirring storms, combining in perfect harmony, creating something greater than the sum of the parts. As we write and share, our stories show us life and the past from new angles, hopefully wiser stronger ones. We light each others lives by sharing hope, love and humor. My life is better for the writing and sharing.

The Theology of Baseball, or Why Words Matter (to god) and Outfielders

How does “God’s plan” fit in the baseball tragedy that happened in Texas recently? Greg Horton explores the term and even suggests it may be an empty signifier. There is some language that some of you may blush at, but it’s important to think about how we talk, the language we use, and the meaning behind those words. And someone from the outside helps with that sometimes.

Pastoral Authority: Earned, Taken, or Granted?

One pastor’s look at the authority the title Pastor has within various contexts. It’s his journey on feeling comfortable with the authority that the role of pastor has.

David has been a systems thinker most of his life. He has started three businesses as well as designed and developed systems and processes in existing organizations. He has a Doctorate in Leadership and has also done additional post-graduate work in communications.

He has also pastored 3 churches and loves to think about, write about and podcast about scripture, theology, and leadership.

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