Weekend Picks ~ 8-12-2016

Picks Weekend

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

The inconsistency is staggering…

Trump-Loving Christians Owe Bill Clinton an Apology
Jonathan Merritt
Although both Bill Clinton and Trump have a morally checkered past, only one of them has apologized for his failings. In September of 1998, a solemn Bill Clinton asked that the country, his family, and God to forgive him, saying, “I have sinned.” Evangelical leaders largely dismissed his apology and continued their calls for impeachment. By contrast, Trump says he has never asked God for forgiveness. Conservative Christians were unwilling to extend mercy to a Democrat who asked for it but have offered it freely to a Republican who doesn’t want it.

All of this signals something bigger: an end to meaningful evangelical power and influence. Since the late 1970s, conservative Christian leaders have claimed their political engagement is about morality. They have claimed it is about character. They have claimed it is about values. They have claimed it is about biblical principles. Pious preachers, thunderous televangelists, and moralizing activists have sold America a bill of goods about their pure motivation for decades. But evidence indicates that evangelical political engagement is really about cultural influence, social dominance, and power.

Trump-loving evangelical leaders should either apologize to Bill Clinton or admit, after all these years, that they, too, have a character issue.


Actually, they probably would tell you if you asked…

Seven Things a Worship Leader Won’t Tell YouManuel Luz
https://manuelluz.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/worship-hands1.jpg?w=1246&h=525&crop=1Many people have a misconception that the worship leader just straps on a guitar on Sunday morning and starts to sing, and everything just kind of flows out of this God-bathed spirituality. After all, how hard is it to play a Chris Tomlin tune anyway?

…there are a lot of misconceptions about what worship leaders do that would surprise you. And a lot of things we think about the job that you might not realize. Here are Seven Things a Worship Leader Won’t Tell You…


These are things I believe about Bible translations. I didn’t realize the KJV translators believed the same thing…

6 Surprising Ideas the KJV Translators Had about Other Bible TranslationsGeorge H. Guthrie
6 Surprising Ideas the KJV Translators Had about Other Bible Translations“KJV only” churches, of course, believe that their translation is the only version that faithfully embodies the Word of God. All other translations are to be rejected out of hand…

…Yet, it is interesting that the KJV translators themselves had particular ideas about translations other than their own, and they lay out their views clearly and forcefully in the published Preface of the original edition of their eloquent translation. Ironically, their views are very different from those who champion their translation today. So here are 6 ideas the KJV translators had about other translations of the Bible…

…They thought that the Bible itself should be translated again and again, since it is more worthy of such work than any body of ancient literature. Consequently, the translators of the King James Version would be the first to affirm the importance of modern translations carrying on their legacy for the good of the Church and the advance of the gospel in the world.


I’ve had the privilege of living most of my life around atypical women, and raising a couple of them…

When You’re Not a Typical WomanAbigail Dodds
When You’re Not a Typical WomanThe goal of a Christian woman isn’t to be typical. Especially if what typical means is an overly made-up, hyper-feminine, wilts-at-the-first-sign-of-hard-work, check-brain-at-door type of woman. Where is that in the Bible?…

…So, be encouraged and truly liberated, all you atypical women. God doesn’t ask you to be typical. He calls you to be his.


“Elective” surgery…
Bizarro

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