Saturday Links for October 23

In her article  Why Is It Hard to Be Broken in Church? in Relevant Magazine, Anne Jackson says, “Sometimes it’s hard to be honest about yourself in church, but we can change that.”

Sex addiction divides mental health experts by Shari Roan was published in the Los Angeles Times in March of this year. She writes: “Is extreme sexual acting out an obsessive-compulsive disorder, a sign of depression or just bad behavior? ‘If we are looking at a disorder, it’s not clear what that disorder is,’ one expert says.”

Saturday Links for October 9

Three very different links that might interest you today.

Have you ever eaten chicken nuggets? You might want to see how they are made, then again, you might not.

RELEVANT  Magazine recently published What To Do After You Believe by N. T. Wright. Wright writes about the importance of character transformation.

The title of this piece from Reuters says it all — Obama answers the question: Why are you a Christian?

Saturday Links for September 4, 2010

Looking for something good to read this Saturday? You might want to check out these links!

Do you remember the old-saying turned bumper-sticker, “The Family that Prays Together Stays Together”? Well, seems like there is some substance to the old cliche. The Economist recently published a psychology piece that might interest you. Faith and Faithfulness:  Praying for your partner stops you straying discusses the impact of prayer on staying faithful in marriage.

There has been no shortage of media response to Kenda Creasy Dean’s (minister and professor at Princeton Theological Seminary)  book, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our  Teenagers is Telling the American Church. While there’s a bunch of stuff out there, I especially enjoyed reading a CNN report, Author: More teens becoming “fake” Christians by John Blake.

Saturday Links for July 31

Laura Roberts has written a piece in the Telegraph entitled “Manuscript found in Ethiopian monastery could be the world’s oldest illustrated Christian work.” The title tells you everything you need to know about this article!

Elizabeth Cooney has written an articleion The Boston Globe about the brains of teenagers. Miracle Grow reveals how the teen brain is a marvel of sorts, “it’s just not filled in yet.”

Saturday Links for July 24, 2010

Louisa Lim presents In The Land of Mao, A Rising Tide Of Christianity for NPR’s All Things Considered. You can listen to, read, and watch the story. Lim reports that some believe China now has more believers in Christ than members of the Communist Party. “Once China’s youth trundled across the countryside spreading communism. Now they are spreading God’s word.”

Rebecca Macatee offers an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal that raises some important questions, especially for Christians who are interested in pop culture. In Stop Picking on Lindsay Lohan, Macatee raises the question, “Why do some people rejoice in the unraveling of a life and career?”

Saturday Links for July 10, 2010

Sue Shellenbarger has written an article for The Wall Street Journal entitled, Praying With The Office Chaplain. She writes about the growing number of businesses who are offering the services of chaplains in the workplace.

Elizabeth Bernstein, also writing for The Wall Street Journal, presents Worried About A Moody Teen? in which she notes that mental illness often starts in adolescence and offers suggestions for how to distinguish typical angst from serious problems.

Saturday Links July 3

If you are a basketball fan in general and a March Madness fan in particular, you will want to read John A. Murray’s article The Spiritual Pathway to March Madness from The Wall Street Journal.

I also enjoy seeing how people explain the longevity in their relationships. Annemarie Conde wrote a piece in Women’s Day entitled The Secrets of Staying Married in which people do just that. You may or may not agree with what they have to say, but I think you might like this quick read.

Saturday Links June 26

1. Interested in the emerging church?  The institutional church? Both? I have a post  for you to read.
Thought-provoking. That’s exactly how I would describe Kester Brewin’s Has What Emerged Retreated? Returning to the Institutions.

2. Let me tease you with these words:

“Most evil is not committed as a result of unbridled lust or greed. And the sadistic monster who revels in inflicting excruciating pain on other people is relatively rare.

Good intentions cause most of the world’s great evils.”

If these words stir your interest, check out Dennis Prager’s article When Good People do Bad Things from The National Review Online.

Saturday Links June 19

Believe it or not, Richard Foster’s classic Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is turning 30 years old this year. Colleen O’Connor has written a piece in the Denver Post on Foster, the book, and the spiritual formation movement he began. The article is entitled entitled Filling spiritual voids, not just pews.

How Your Brain Tells Time by Johnathan Fahey was recently published in Forbes. Fahey reports how researchers discovered some surprises as they built a mathematical model of how the brain tells time.

The Wall Street Journal’s Easy Rider tells of the slow travel movement that offers an antidote to today’s fast paced lifestyle.